Five NFTS Films Shortlisted for the 2018 Grierson Awards

Five NFTS graduation films have been shortlisted for the prestigious Grierson Awards that commemorate the pioneering Scottish documentary filmmaker John Grierson. NFTS graduation films have won this prestigious award four times since the award was introduced in 2011 and for an amazing eighth year running, the NFTS has the most films selected in student documentary section. Short-listed films include:

After the Silence directed by Natalie Cubides-Brady: After the Silence explores the spiritual impact of the forced disappearances that became endemic during Colombia’s civil conflict. The film immerses us in a world trying to overcome systemic violence and invites us to reflect on mourning, history and death. If the mountains and rivers could speak, what secrets would they reveal?

Circle directed by Jayisha Patel: Circle is a haunting portrait of a rape survivor, caught in the devious ploys of her family. Through the poignant and personal story of 13 year old Khushboo, Circle explores the horrors of her gang-rape, emotional abuse at the hands of her grandmother, who orchestrated her rape, and her child marriage to a man she doesn’t know. Where does the circle begin? And can there be any release?

Fake News Fairytale directed by Kate Stonehill: A playful fairytale for the post-truth age, Fake News Fairytale tells the true story of Sashko, a fake news writer in Veles, Macedonia, and his foray into truth, lies and politics in a globalised, internet world...

On Common Ground directed by Tom Besley: A Native American family, a biologist and a migrant search and rescue unit cross the Arizona desert during the hottest summer on record. Uncommon Ground is an exploration of human belonging in one of the deadliest stretches of the US-Mexico border.

The Why directed by Piotr Bernas: The director and his wife experience a crisis in their marriage. In the hope that they can get closer again they set out on a research trip about the stunning and unknown story of a Polish general. Through the journey the couple manage to reflect on and re-evaluate their lives

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