NFTS graduation film receives Oscar Nomination

The NFTS - A Skillset Film and Media Academy - film The Confession has been shortlisted for an Academy Award, in the Live Action Short Film category - the second nomination for an NFTS graduation film in the short film category in the last 5 years.

The success of the film, directed by NFTS graduate Tanel Toom, written by graduate Caroline Bruckner, and produced by fellow graduate Emily Williams, comes days after NFTS graduates received more than 40 nominations in the 2011 British Academy Film Awards, including a nomination for another NFTS graduation film Until The River Runs Red directed by Scotsman Paul Wright.

This is also the second Academy Award triumph for The Confession, which won the Student Academy Award in the Honorary Foreign Film category, and is the fifth Academy Award nomination for the NFTS, in its 40th anniversary year.

The 25-minute film revolves around quiet and sincere 9-year old Sam, who is nervous about his first confession because he has not actually committed any sin, and therefore cannot be absolved. His best friend helps him to perpetrate one and the resulting innocent prank then turns into tragedy.

Leading the NFTS film was Estonian director, Tanel Toom. He graduated, in Fiction Direction, from the NFTS in March 2010 and, prior to the NFTS, he took a BA in film directing at the Tallinn University. In 2008, his fourth short film The Second Coming (Teine Tulemine) premiered at the Venice Film Festival. The apocalyptical war drama has since been screened at numerous film festivals and won several awards, including Best European Short at the Archipelago International Film Festival. His other films include Banana Chocolate (2009), Morgan Flynn (2008), and The Loop (2008).

Producer of The Confession, Emily Williams, was born and raised in France to Canadian and British parents. She began her film career at the EICAR film school in Paris and completed the MA program in Producing at the NFTS in February 2010. She produced two graduation films: an animated short, Silent Touch and The Confession. Emily is currently working as a Visual FX production coordinator in Paris where she has been involved in projects such as AVATAR: The Extended Version directed by James Cameron. Emily is currently lead VFX coordinator on the upcoming Marvel film Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh.

NFTS film The Confession overcame stiff competition from 76 other leading short films that qualified in the category. It now joins five others that have reached the nomination stage and is the only one that was made at a teaching institution. The winner will be announced on 27th February at the 83rd awards ceremony, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

NFTS Director, Nik Powell, said "The NFTS' continued success with its student films in the major awards like the Oscars and Baftas, as well as the multiple success of its graduates in both Film and Television awards each year, not to mention the worldwide success of films like the latest Harry Potter, directed by NFTS graduate David Yates, continues to confirm the NFTS as a world class British institution and one of the leading film and television schools in the world ".

Watch Kenneth Brannagh talk about The Confession, and other nominees in the Short Film category, on the Oscars website

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Producer of The Confession, Emily Williams, was supported by a Skillset maintenance bursary.