(Pictured: Rebecca Morgan & Caroline Bartleet picking up the BAFTA for Best British Short Fiction for Operator in 2016)

The National Film and Television School (NFTS) announces that The Bind has been chosen as the second short film to be made under the BBC Films and NFTS Greenlight Short Project.

The Greenlight Short Project is a joint venture between BBC Films and the National Film and Television School to fund one short film a year for three years made by recent NFTS graduates.

The Bind has been conceived by NFTS Producing MA graduate, Caroline Bartleet and is inspired by a true story.

Caroline's first short film as writer/director, Operator, stars Kate Dickie and Vicky McClure. The film premiered at the London Film Festival where it was nominated for the Short Film Award. Since then it has gone on to play at numerous festivals around the world. Operator won the BAFTA for British Short Film in 2016.

Caroline said the following after hearing that her film idea had been selected: “I am so pleased that my film has been chosen for such a prestigious project; working with BBC Films is a fantastic opportunity and I can’t wait to start production.”

Acting Head of BBC Films, Joe Oppenheimer: “Caroline is an impressive and talented filmmaker and we’re thrilled to be able to support her exciting new project through our ‘Greenlight’ scheme with the NFTS.”  

National Film and Television School director, Nik Powell said: “We are extremely pleased to continue our partnership with the BBC; The Greenlight Short Project is an excellent opportunity for our graduates. The BBC has long been a big champion of new talent, especially at the NFTS, and we are hugely appreciative of this as is Caroline who has an extremely bright future ahead!”

The Bind is the second short film to be made as part of the Greenlight project following Diagnosis which was written and directed by Eva Riley and produced by Emilie Jouffroy whose NFTS graduation films, Edmond (directed by Nina Gantz) and Patriot won the Short Animation BAFTA and competed for the short film Palme D’Or in Cannes 2015 respectively.

Contact for further information:

Vicky Hewlett, Head of PR and Communications, NFTS: VHewlett@nfts.co.uk