Billy Lumby’s Best British Short Film BAFTA nominated Samuel-613
Billy Lumby’s Best British Short Film BAFTA nominated Samuel-613


15 February 2016

Over the years, Guiding Lights participants have achieved great BAFTA success, with their films receiving numerous awards and nominations – a testament to the calibre of both the mentors and mentees who take part – and 2016 is no exception.

BAFTA nominated mentor Matt Charman (left) with mentee Matthew Orton
BAFTA nominated mentor Matt Charman (left) with mentee Matthew Orton

This year, the films of 12 mentors and mentees, both past and present, have between them received an impressive 17 BAFTA Award nominations. Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies, co-written by current mentor Matt Charman, with Ethan and Joel Coen, is nominated for nine awards, including Best Original Screenplay and Best Film, while sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, written and directed by former mentor Alex Garland, is in competition for five, including Best Original Screenplay and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. In addition, the feature documentary A Syrian Love Story, a heart-breaking documentary following a family of Syrian refugees in Europe, produced by Elhum Shakerifar, is in competition for Outstanding Debut, while Samuel-613 (pictured above), the tale of a young Hasidic Jew torn between his faith and the romance of modern life, written and directed by current mentee Billy Lumby, has received a British Short Film nomination.

“I’m not just saying this, being on Guiding Lights has inevitably played a part in raising my profile, getting my films seen and ultimately being BAFTA nominated. I’m very grateful and hopefully this recognition will help towards getting my first movie made." – Billy Lumby.

Also nominated this year is Stephen Fingleton, whose short film SLR was produced through the Lighthouse-managed BFI Shorts scheme. His debut feature, The Survivalist, a post-apocalyptic thriller, has also been nominated for an Outstanding Debut award, and is due for release in cinemas on February 12.

In previous years, notably among the mentees, Laura Hastings-Smith, went on to produce Steve McQueen’s BAFTA-winning feature, H​unger. In 2015, two short films by current mentees, The Bigger Picture, written by Jennifer Majka and Boogaloo and Graham, produced by Brian Falconer, won Best Short Animation and Best British Short Film respectively, nominated alongside Emotional Fusebox, directed by former mentee Rachel Tunnard. Other previously nominated films include the feature I Am Nasrine, written and directed by Tina Gharavi, and shorts Perdie, written and directed by Faye Gilbert, and Keeping Up With The Joneses, directed by Michael Pearce.

We wish all those whose films have received nominations at the 2016 BAFTA Awards the best of luck; we’ll be watching on Sunday 14 February.

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Guiding Lights is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Fund.



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