The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced today that this year’s BAFTA-nominated short films. All the nominated films will be available to watch exclusively on video-on-demand service, Curzon Home Cinema, from 27 January. Audiences across the UK and overseas will also be able to see a compilation of this year’s BAFTA-nominated short films and animations in cinemas from 10 February.
The nominated films, which were chosen by a jury of leading industry figures, represent the best of British short filmmaking, and showcase innovative and exciting British talent. The winners, as voted for by the wider BAFTA membership, will be announced at the EE British Academy Film Awards on 12 February at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
For the first time, the BAFTA-nominated shorts will be made available to watch online through Curzon Home Cinema. This marks the first time that audiences across the UK and Ireland will be able to view a compilation of all eight nominated shorts online prior to the awards ceremony.
Previous BAFTA shorts nominees and winners have gone on to receive BAFTA recognition for their feature-length projects, including directors Paddy Considine (Tyrannosaur), Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths), Chris Morris (Four Lions), Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy), Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) and David Yates (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2), and producer Mark Herbert (This Is England).
Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Curzon to showcase the BAFTA-nominated shorts to an online audience for the very first time. It is vital that the work of talented British filmmakers is given the widest possible audience.”
Phil Mordecai, Director, Curzon Home Cinema said: “We’re delighted to be the exclusive online home for this year’s collection of BAFTA nominated shorts. Congratulations to all of the filmmakers whose superb work we are very proud to be bringing to homes nationwide via our virtual Curzon venue.”
The nominated shorts in the BAFTA Shorts 2017 programme:
BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
- THE ALAN DIMENSION Jac Clinch, Jonathan Harbottle, Millie Marsh
- A LOVE STORY Khaled Gad, Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara, Elena Ruscombe-King
- TOUGH Jennifer Zheng
BRITISH SHORT FILM
- CONSUMED Richard John Seymour
- HOME Shpat Deda, Afolabi Kuti, Daniel Mulloy, Scott O’Donnell
- MOUTH OF HELL Bart Gavigan, Samir Mehanovic, Allie Smith, Michael Wilson
- THE PARTY Farah Abushwesha, Emmet Fleming, Andrea Harkin, Conor MacNeill
- STANDBY Jack Hannon, Charlotte Regan
The international rollout of BAFTA Shorts 2017 begins with a special premiere screening at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly on Thursday 26 January.