NFTS Alumni Clean Up With 22 BIFA Award Nominations!

5 November 2021: This year’s British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) highlighted the breadth of talent and diversity within the UK screen industry and the NFTS was thrilled to see 22 nominations for our graduates!

The nominations were unveiled by Samuel Adewunmi and Mimi Keene, live from the Curzon Soho in London on Wednesday 3rd November.

NFTS alumni were listed across 10 categories including Best Screenplay, Best Short, Best Director, Debut Director, Best Cinematography, Debut Screenwriter and Best British Short for their work on films such as Ali and Ava, Wildfire, The Souvenir II, Benediction, Censor, Belfast and Night of the Living Dread.

We couldn’t be prouder that 2021 graduate animation Night of the Living Dread, made during the pandemic and narrated by Stephen Fry was nominated for Best British Short

Congratulations to NFTS alumni Cathy Brady, Terence Davies, Clio Barnard, Annika Summerson, Joanna Hogg, Úna Ni Dhonghaíle and 2021 graduates Ida Melum, Danielle Goff, Laura Jayne Tunbridge and Hannah Kelso on their very first BIFA nomination for Night of the Living Dread.

A special mention to Casting Director Shaheen Baig, with three nods in the Best Casting category for Ali and Ava, Pirates and After Love. Shaheen has been fundamental to the success of the popular NFTS Casting Certificate, a course that teaches the fundamentals of the entire cycle of casting, delivered in partnership with Shaheen and Casting Director Jina Jay.

Check out the rest of the BIFA nominations here:

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday 5 December. Good luck to all NFTS nominees!

If you are keen to train at the same film school as the incredibly talented graduates nominated by BIFA, there is still time to apply and start your course in January 2022! To find out which NFTS courses still have places remaining for 2022, visit