Eloise Smyth in Sea View, photo by Cat Stevens
Eloise Smyth in Sea View, photo by Cat Stevens

BFI Shorts – Festival Awards and Nominations

09 June 2015

Adding to the news of Orbit Ever After winning the Grand Prix at Encounters in September and being nominated by the festival for the European Film Awards, we’re delighted to announce a further three BFI Shorts festival wins, plus a BIFA nomination.

SLR - Elliot (Liam Cunningham) talks to Verma (Richard Dormer), photo by Aidan Monaghan
SLR - Elliot (Liam Cunningham) talks to Verma (Richard Dormer), photo by Aidan Monaghan

Following its premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, we were delighted to learn of L’Assenza’s recent BIFA nomination in the Best Short Film category. Written and directed by Jonathan Romney, produced by Carey Born, and starring Stephen Mangan and Amanda Ryan, L’Assenza is about a man who becomes obsessed by the sight of his own double in an Italian film from the early 1960s. You can watch the trailer here.

This was followed last week with the news of Sea View winning the Best British Short award at Leeds International Film Festival. A portrait of a teenage girl struggling to navigate her way through a brief encounter with an older man, the film was written and directed by Jane Linfoot, and produced by Anna Duffield. The jury statement on Sea View commented: “Elevated by an impressive central performance that suggests a talent beyond her years. The Jury felt that Sea View is accomplished in its atmosphere, sense of place and treatment of aesthetics. It sits well in the contemporary British cinema landscape.”

Just a few days later, SLR bagged a major award at Foyle Film Festival , winning Best Irish Short. Written and directed by Stephen Fingleton, and produced by Matt Wilkinson, SLR follows the journey of Elliott, played by Liam Cuningham, whose obsession with ‘voyeur pornography’ leads to an unsettling discovery, forcing him onto the trail of an anonymous photographer known only by his online username ANORAK. You can read an interview with Stephen here.

Orbit Ever After also continues its festival success with another award on the mantelpiece after winning the Audience Award at Les Utopiales Film Festival. Listen to writer/director Jamie Stone talk about inspiration, process and the technical challenges in making of Orbit Ever After here.

Many congratulations to all the filmmakers and please watch this space for more festival news.



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