Gaëlle Denis collecting the Canal+ prize at the prestigious 53rd Semaine de la Critique for her BFI short 'Crocodile'.
Gaëlle Denis collecting the Canal+ prize at the prestigious 53rd Semaine de la Critique for her BFI short 'Crocodile'.


30 January 2015

As we near the end of 2014, we reflect on the many successes of our BFI Shorts filmmakers. Managed by Lighthouse, the BFI Shorts scheme is a high-level production initiative that supported emerging film talent by providing them with opportunities to demonstrate their feature film potential. Over the past 12 months, we’ve been delighted to see the filmmakers variously shoot first features, win development and production funding, and even reach the last 10 films long-listed for a possible Oscar nomination.

Chris Forster collecting his BAFTA CYMRU award for The Portrait
Chris Forster collecting his BAFTA CYMRU award for The Portrait

Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund, says: “The Lighthouse/BFI scheme has been very rewarding for us in several respects; the quality and originality of the films is an indicator of the rich emerging talent across the UK; the festival success and accolades have given them industry and international recognition; and we are now supporting a number of these filmmakers – Jane Linfoot, Stephen Fingleton and Michael Pearce – on their first features. I hope that other talented filmmakers are inspired by the quality and the success of the Lighthouse shorts, and they can now talk to the BFI NET.WORK about support for their ideas. Our warmest thanks and congratulations go to all of the filmmaking teams and of course our friends at Lighthouse.”

Selected highlights include:

- Writer/director Stephen Fingleton starting the year with an impressive 140,000 views in the first 24 hours on Vimeo for his short SLR, and ending it as one of the final ten films long-listed for an Oscar nomination. We’ll hear in early January whether he makes it to the final five nominees…

- Earlier in December, both Crocodile and Keeping Up With The Joneses being nominated for Best British Short Film at the prestigious British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).

- Director Chris Forster winning a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Cymru award for The Portrait in November.

- Keeping Up With The Joneses (Michael Pearce), Sea View (Jane Linfoot) and Orbit Ever After (Jamie Stone) all being nominated for Best Short at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).

- At Cannes Film Festival, Crocodile (directed by Gaëlle Denis) winning the Canal+ prize at the prestigious 53rd Semaine de la Critique. Crocodile also won the Channel 4 Best of British Short Film Award at this year’s Encounters Film Festival in Bristol.

- Both Jane Linfoot (Sea View) and Michael Pearce (Keeping Up With The Joneses) securing finance through the BFI Film Fund’s First Feature Awards for their debut features, The Incident and The Beast respectively. Along with Jane Linfoot, Stephen Fingleton (SLR) also completed shooting his first feature this year, entitled The Survivalist, and developed through Northern Ireland Screen’s New Talent Focus Scheme.

- A number of BFI Shorts filmmakers receiving development or funding support from Creative England including: director Gaëlle Denis and producer Ohna Falby of Crocodile ; Jonathan Van Tulleken (Anthony); Mustapha Kseibati (Mohammed); Jamie Stone ; Stephen Leslie (To Leech) and Corinna Faith (The Beast)

- Karan Kandahari, writer/director of Sidney, reaching the first round of development on iFeatures3, which also included Yaw Basoah (producer of The Line ), who is still in the running and down to the last eight projects on the scheme. Yaw has also been selected for Microwave with Faye Gilbert, director of The Line, as one of 12 projects shortlisted for the development stage of its next edition.

- Four films (Anthony, L’Assenza, The Portrait and The Line) all being selected for California’s prestigious Palm Springs International ShortFest.

- Closer to home, Edinburgh International Film Festival selecting Liam + Lenka, a noir thriller directed by Scottish-born Michael Keillor and produced through Warp Films.

And many other festival selections and awards/nominations too numerous to mention… Huge congratulations to everyone involved, and we look forward to reporting more successes in 2015!



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