Four NFTS graduation films were selected for this year’s prestigious Grierson Awards, three of which have proceeded to be nominated for the Best Student Documentary award. In the nine years since the award was first introduced in 2011, NFTS graduation films have won six years running and once again has the most films selected in the Student Documentary Category.

Find out more about the films below:

Inside a Marriage - 2020 Graduation Film - Nominated

After 10 years of marriage, Shilpa and Dipak have temporarily separated to take stock and consider whether they have a future together. Inside a Marriage follows their journey and questions what, at times of great adversity, holds families together.

Director/Producer/Camera - Ben Cheetham
Production Manager - Tian Boyce
Editor - Margred Pryce
Sound Recordists - Jonathan Willett, Jake Hickey
Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer - Ed Rousseau
Composer - Adam Speck
Colourist and Online Editor - Marco Valerio

Miss Curvy – 2020 Graduation Film – Nominated

Miss Curvy is a film about a Ugandan mother trying to navigate her past traumas through participating in Africa's first beauty pageant for plus-size women.

Director/Producer-  Ghada Eldemellawy
Camera - Fabio Mota
Production Manager - Brendan Kavanagh
Editor - Gareth Pugh
Sound Recordist - Sam Jenkins
Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer - João Fonte
Composer - Sarah Ann Boughton
Colourist And Online Editor - Nigel Tadyanehondo
Bananas – 2020 Graduation Film – Nominated


How did the humble bananas become the cheapest, most popular fruit in the world? Was it their taste? Their genes? Dark forces of capitalism? Travel through time on this epic journey and go bananas!

Writer/Director/Producer - Sara Montoya
Writer - Mel Barnes
Editor - Rachel Roberts
Composer - Ethan Jeffrey
Sound Designer - Breen Turner
Online Editor and Colourist - Marco Valerio Caminiti
The Daydreamers – 2020 Graduation Film – Shortlisted

What if you’re addicted to your own fantasy? The Daydreamers explores Maladaptive Daydreaming, a condition discovered by Professor Eli Somer. Protagonists Agatha and Jessica meet Somer on camera, providing a moving testimony of their experience living a life cut off from reality.

Director - Thomas Renckens
Producer - Said Englund
Camera - Twan Peeters
Assistant Camera - Lou Macnamara
Production Manager - Vigdis Maack
Editor - Ed Coltman
Sound Recordist - Griff Miles
Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer - Yin Lee
Composer - Natalia Tsupryk
Colourist and Online Editor - Michael Pearce

The winners of the 2020 Grierson Awards will be announced on the 12th November so stay tuned!

To see the full list of nominees visit:

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