A fantastic three NFTS graduation films have received prestigious nominations in BAFTA’s International Student Film Awards, which takes place on Friday 28th June at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. The nominations include two graduation animations, Inanimate and Police directed by Luci Bulgheroni and Ed Smith respectively and a graduation documentary, Circle, directed by Jayisha Patel.

The films were selected from 469 submissions from over 35 countries.

Stop-frame animation Inanimate is nominated in the animation category. The eight-minute short explores the nature of reality through a puppet called Katrine who realises; through poignancy and curiosity, that she is ‘so much more than a puppet’. The animation has also been shortlisted at this month’s Cannes Film Festival in the Cinéfondation programme, which recognises emerging talent, as well appearing at the leading Annecy animation festival.

Directing Documentary MA alumna Jayisha Patel’s transmedia documentary, Circle is nominated in the Documentary category, having had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. Set in contemporary Uttar Pradesh in North India, Circle is a poignant lament for the plight of young women, victim to rape and abuse within their own families, where a coerced culture of misogyny exists within a community very much stuck in the past.

Recent Directing Animation MA graduate, Ed Smith’s short Police is also nominated in the animation category. Based on Director Ed Smith’s own father’s struggle with post traumatic stress, Police is the frank story of an aging policeman and his internal suffering as he is plagued with flashbacks of his life in the force. The film combines a number of animation techniques, with foreground miniature elements, full scale live action backgrounds and 2D hand drawn animation characters.

The BAFTA Student Film Awards is an annual event celebrating the works of the next generation of talented and innovative filmmakers; encouraging strong talent connections across the world.  Featuring an evening of student films selected by a panel of industry professionals, the best films in each category will be chosen on the night for four top prizes – the BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation presented by LAIKA, the Student Film Award for Documentary, the Student Film Award for Live Action Film, and the Special Jury Prize, selected by the event’s panel members.

BAFTA CEO Chantal Rickards says of the awards: ‘Through its global connections, BAFTA is committed to providing opportunities for creative talent to artistically express themselves. We are honoured to support such high calibre talent for our Student Film Awards.’

The annual awards ceremony will take place on Friday 28th June at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

If you would like to follow in our students’ footsteps, please visit www.nfts.co.uk/animation and www.nfts.co.uk/documentary for more information