The long list for Best British Short Film has been announced for this year’s BIFAs (British Independent Film Awards) and we are proud to announce that, Diagnosis, the first short film to be made as part of the NFTS/ BBC Greenlight project is featured on the list. The Greenlight Short Project is a joint venture between BBC Films and the NFTS, to fund one short film a year for three years made by recent NFTS graduates.

Diagnosis, which is directed and written by Eva Riley and produced by Emilie Jouffroy, is one of 12 films picked from 210 short film submissions. Eva’s NFTS graduation film, Patriot, competed for the Short Film Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 and this year, Emilie’s film, Edmond (director, writer, animator: Nina Gantz) won the NFTS’s third consecutive Short Animation BAFTA award.

Diagnosis stars Charlotte Spencer (Screen International Star of Tomorrow 2015) as Sally, a seemingly conventional young woman with a secret hobby: Acting in medical role-play situations for trainee doctors.

The BIFA Best British Short Film award is supported by BFI NETWORK, a UK-wide partnership of film agencies which supports new and emerging filmmakers. Every year, the partnership invests around £2.5 million of National Lottery funding in new and emerging filmmakers, helping develop and produce over 300 shorts and 60 first features. The five nominees will be revealed on Wednesday, the 1st of November, and the winner will be announced at the BIFA ceremony on Sunday, the 10th of December.