These awards go to short films that display exceptional filmmaking talent across a number of categories.

The awards are judged by a range of industry professionals. Three of them (Best Director, Best Film and Best New Talent) are judged by our festival jury.

Our awards ceremony will be streamed on YouTube from 7:30pm on 21 February.

Best Animation

Judged by Bart Yates, BlinkInk.

This prize is awarded to the best animated film in the programme. The winner receives £1,000 and a mentoring package from BlinkInk.

Nominees:

  • Burn & Soothe, directed by Shiyi Li (UK)
  • Crispy Love-Line, directed by Stefania Bodescu (UK)
  • Early Grief Special, directed by Jessica Chowdhury (UK)
  • Meow or Never, directed by Neeraja Raj (UK)
  • OVERLOAD, directed by Joe Blandamer (UK)
  • The Quiet, directed by Radheya Jegatheva (Australia)
  • The Tale of Edgar Hare, directed by Hannah Miller, Abi Lindon, Hana Bhatti (UK)

Supported by

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Best Documentary

Judged by Jonny Taylor, Netflix.

This prize is awarded to the best documentary in the programme. The winner receives a mentoring package from Netflix.

Nominees:

  • As Far As Our Eyes Can See, directed by Lilly Zhuang (UK, USA)
  • disjointed, directed by Clara Josephine Helbig (UK, Germany)
  • Faces, directed by Patrick Taylor (UK)
  • Jude, directed by Amos Menin (UK)
  • LIFE IS A HIGHWAY, directed by Neelakshi Yadav (India)

Supported by

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Best Experimental Film

Judged by BFI Film Academy Young Programmers.

This prize is awarded to the best experimental film in the programme. The winner receives £1,000 and a mentoring package from Black Dog Films.

Nominees:

  • BURN THE WITCH, directed by Matty Crawford (UK)
  • Damn Hobo!, directed by Luis Gerardo LoGar (Mexico)
  • Dudu, directed by Simisolaoluwa Akande (UK)
  • Please Introduce Yourself, directed by Elsa Hunter-Weston (UK)
  • The Rose of Manila, directed by Alex Westfall (USA)
  • yandass.mov, directed by Sam Arbor (UK)

Supported by

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Best Micro Short

Judged by Kate Rolfe, Digital Orchard.

This prize is awarded to the best micro short film in the programme (3 minutes or less in duration). The winner receives grading and mentoring packages from Digital Orchard.

Nominees:

  • Breath, directed by Aneta Siurnicka (Poland)
  • Crispy Love-Line, directed by Stefania Bodescu (UK)
  • Edie + Elin’s Magic Show, directed by Edie Morris (UK)
  • From His Perspective, directed by Caleb Julian Roberts (Northern Ireland)
  • Mind (FULL), directed by Tilly Wallace (UK)
  • The Tale of Edgar Hare, directed by Hannah Miller, Abi Lindon, Hana Bhatti (UK)

Supported by

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Best International Film and Best International Special Mention

Judged by Timothy Blake, the London School of English.

These prizes are awarded to the 2 best films made outside the UK. The winner of the Best International Film prize receives £1,000, and the Best International Special Mention winner receives £750 from the London School of English.

Nominees:

  • Breath, directed by Aneta Siurnicka (Poland)
  • Damn Hobo!, directed by Luis Gerardo LoGar (Mexico)
  • Double Happiness, directed by Scarlett Li (USA)
  • Heartbreaker, directed by Aidan Cheeatow (Canada)
  • Instructions to Let Go, directed by Gustavo Gamero (Mexico)
  • LIFE IS A HIGHWAY, directed by Neelakshi Yadav (India)
  • Marginal: Short Version, directed by Kota Nakamura (Japan)
  • The Quiet, directed by Radheya Jegatheva (Australia)
  • The Rose of Manila, directed by Alex Westfall (USA)
  • Wastopia, directed by Qianhui Yu (China)

Supported by

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Best Writer

Judged by Mike Williams, Sight & Sound.

This prize is awarded to the best written film in the programme. The winner receives £1,000 from the Chapman Charitable Trust.

Nominees:

  • Damn Hobo!, directed by Luis Gerardo LoGar (Mexico)
  • Double Happiness, directed by Scarlett Li (USA)
  • Heartthrob, directed by Chloe May Law (UK)
  • The Massive F*cking Bender, directed by Laura Marcus (UK)
  • Meow or Never, directed by Neeraja Raj (UK)
  • Skeletons, directed by Will Peppercorn (UK)

Supported by

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Best Film

Judged by the BFI Future Film Festival jury.

This prize is awarded to the best overall film in the programme. The winner receives £1,000 from the Chapman Charitable Trust and a grading package from Digital Orchard.

Nominees:

  • Bulldog, directed by Kieran Stringfellow (UK)
  • Loco, directed by Rory Wilson (UK)
  • Double Happiness, directed by Scarlett Li (USA)
  • Meow or Never, directed by Neeraja Raj (UK)

Supported by

Chapman Charitable Trust logo

Best Director

Judged by the BFI Future Film Festival jury.

This prize is awarded to the best directed film in the programme. The winner receives £1,500 supported by Julia and Hans Rausing.

Nominees:

  • Bulldog, directed by Kieran Stringfellow (UK)
  • Damn Hobo!, directed by Luis Gerardo LoGar (Mexico)
  • Instructions to Let Go, directed by Gustavo Gamero (Mexico)
  • The Rose of Manila, directed by Alex Westfall (USA)

Supported by Julia and Hans Rausing

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Best New Talent

Judged by the BFI Future Film Festival jury.

This prize recognises young raw talent and potential, someone who can demonstrate creativity and passion with an eye for film. The Best New Talent nominees are all young filmmakers, and the award recognises one director’s potential to develop into an exceptional filmmaker. The winner receives £4,000, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K and a copy of DaVinci Resolve Studio from Blackmagic Design, as well as mentoring support with their next project and career advice from BFI Film Academy.

Nominees:

  • Crispy Love-Line, directed by Stefania Bodescu (UK)
  • Heartthrob, directed by Chloe May Law (UK)
  • MUSIC FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, directed by Emmanuel Li (UK)
  • yandass.mov, directed by Sam Arbor (UK)

Supported by

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