Seven NFTS 2022 Graduate Projects Make The BAFTA Student Nominations Shortlist

26 May 2022: On 20 May 2022, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced the shortlist for the 2022 Yugo BAFTA Student Awards. This year’s 82 shortlisted projects have been selected from a record-breaking 715 submissions from 134 schools in 36 countries.

The National Film and Television School (NFTS) is beyond thrilled that a total of seven graduate projects across Documentary, Animation, Science & Natural History and Games Design have been nominated, the most shortlisted projects outside of the USA.

This year's shortlist will compete for nominations for the following awards: the BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation, the BAFTA Student Film Award for Documentary, the BAFTA Student Film Award for Live Action, the BAFTA Student Award for Games, and the BAFTA Student Award for Immersive.

The finalists for these categories will be announced on 15 June, 2022. The film nominees will additionally be considered for the Special Jury Prize, an overall winner selected by a jury of luminaries.

All students on the shortlist are given the opportunity to apply for and join BAFTA's talent development programs, which includes year-round access to in-person and online events hosted by BAFTA.

Find out more about the seven shortlisted NFTS graduate projects here!

Dead Silent - 2022 Graduation Animation

Synopsis
Liam is blindsided when, out of nowhere, his best mate Jack commits suicide. But you’ve gotta push on. Suck it up. Stay strong. Never mind that it feels like you’re drowning on the inside, and your world has flipped...

...Nah. Liam’s fine.

NFTS Crew
Director Miriam Fox
Producer Elena Valeri
Screenwriters Shaun Kobrak, Miriam Fox
Cinematographer Jack Edwards
Production Designer Violette De Laet
Production Manager Sophie Moulton
Editor Osian Pearson
Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer Jan Sigsworth
Composer Hannah Barnett
VFX Producer Ellie Rimell
CG Artists Ellie Rimell, Iris Mota, Aidan Gilfedder, Rupert Aspden, Harrison Workman
Colourist/Online Editor Richard Williamson

Spring Roll Dream - 2022 Graduation Animation

Synopsis
Linh is a Vietnamese single mother who has successfully forged a life for herself and her son in America. But when her father visits from Vietnam and insists on cooking the family a traditional Vietnamese meal, Linh is confronted with the past and culture she left behind and the question of where it belongs in her family’s new life.

NFTS Crew
Director/Lead Animator Mai Vu
Producer Thijme Grol
Screenwriter Chloe White
Cinematographer Martyna Jakimowska
Production Designer Nathalie Carraro
Production Manager Nikoleta Slezakova
Lead Model Makers Ellen Beaufoy, Jo Sperring
Model Makers Charlie Allwright, Emily Brook, Michelle C Cranwell, Jennifer Dingwall, Danielle Duncan-Rosembert, Aga Fraczak, Callum Higgins, Olivia Savage
Editor Mira Thu
Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer Carlos San Juan
Composer Sam Rapley
Colourist/Online Editor Karolina Matela

Sagebrush Gold - 2022 Graduation Science & Natural History

Synopsis
A lithium mine being built in Nevada's remote sagebrush desert promises us a greener future, but local ranchers, environmentalists, and indigenous tribes share a different side to the story.

NFTS Crew
Director/Producer/Camera/Sound/Foley Artist Marcus Widger
Production Manager Julia Clara Goitia Mañon
Editor Tommaso Di Paola
Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer Diego Hernández España Cadena
Composer Mathilde Koechlin
Motion Graphics and Titles Designer Thompson Okuku
Colourist/Online Editor Aiden Tobin

Silence - 2022 Graduation Documentary

Synopsis
Deep in Lithuania’s Labanoras Forest, a small community of locals is haunted by the past. To survive the war against Soviet oppression, they had to live in silence. Only now can they bear witness to the horrors that happened there.

NFTS Crew
Director Arnas Pigulevicius
Producer Alfred Deragne
Production Manager Laura Hartwell
Editor Osian Pearson
Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer Guldem Masa
Composer- Adrian Cermak
Colourist/Online Editor Nathaniel Skeels

The Violence Between Us - 2022 Graduation Documentary

Synopsis
In Salvador, Brazil there is an invisible war. Police officers, specially trained to deal with domestic violence, risk their lives by visiting women who need their protection. The threats of the criminal underworld are dwarfed by the fear of women who every day face death at the hands of family members.

NFTS Crew
Director Camila Guerreiro
Producer Alexander Handschuh
Production Managers Laura Hartwell, Caiomhe Sheehan
Editor Mira Thu
Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer Jan Sigsworth
Composer Noa Margalit
Motion Graphics and Titles Designer Thompson Okuku
Colourist/Online Editor Mara Ciorba

This is Not A Sport Film - 2022 Graduation Documentary

Synopsis
A disabled filmmaker takes an introspective look into herself through wheelchair rugby. But can she ever find her own way?

NFTS Crew
Director/Producer Lily Ahree Siegel
Camera Estefania Carpio
Production Manager Julia Clara Goitia Mañon
Sound Recordists Sam Thomas, Benjamin Schweimler Ricca
Editor Zak Lawrence-Earey
Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer Diego Hernández España Cadena
Composer Hannah Barnett
Colourist/Online Editor Karolina Matela

Harp Song - 2022 Graduation Game

Synopsis
Harp Song is a narrative-adventure game set in ancient Ireland. Inspired by Irish mythology, our heroine, Clár, is pulled into an on-going war between the old Gods.

NFTS Crew
Designers/Developers/Story Stephen Glenister, Ástráður "Ace" Ísak Lárusson
Level Designer Ástráður "Ace" Ísak Lárusson
Programmer Stephen Glenister
Producers Juliana Lynch, Ashkan Dabbagh
Writer Paul Carey
Composer Noa Margalit
Marketing and PR/Digital Content Producer Juliana Lynch

Best of luck to all the NFTS teams, we’ll be rooting for you to make it as finalists on 15th June!

If you want to be trained by industry leaders in professional standard facilities to make work that could win a host of different awards apply for a course with The National Film and Television School today!
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