BAFTA’s shorts showcase is touring the country’s cinemas with the highlights of new British documentary, drama and animation, offering a snapshot of exceptional British filmmaking. This year’s eight award nominees includes documentary Consumed by Richard John Seymour, which screened at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in 2016. The film offers cinematic voyage through the landscapes and factories of Chinese production, bringing into focus the repetitive nature of contemporary manufacture and industrialism.
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the partnership between BAFTA and the Independent Cinema Office which tours the outstanding collections of the Academy’s annual short film nominations for best British Short Film and British Short Animation. As a unity, this collection represents a broad cross-section of the latest trends and themes emerging within current UK film culture. Other nominees on show include Andrea Harkin’s The Party, Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara’s A Love Story, Jac Clinch’s The Alan Dimension, Jennifer Zheng’s Tough, Samir Mehanovic’s Mouth of Hell, Charlotte Regan’s Standby and Daniel Mulloy’s Home.
The Aesthetica Short Film Festival is now open for submissions for its seventh edition. Accepting films from emerging and established practitioners across 11 genres the festival is an opportunity for filmmakers to showcase their work to a wider audience. Prizes include screenings at the festival, awards for Best Film in each category, The Northern Film School Award for Best Screenplay (£1,000) and further exposure through Aesthetica and ASFF’s digital channels.
To find your nearest cinema to watch the BAFTA nominees’ showcase, visit: www.bafta.org
To enter ASFF 2017, visit: www.asff.co.uk/submit
1. Richard John Seymour, Consumed