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The British Independent Film Awards

Date posted: 27.11.2007

The British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special awards ceremony hosted by James Nesbitt, at the Roundhouse on 28 November 2007.

Created in 1998, The British Independent Film Awards set out to celebrate merit and achievement in independently funded British film-making, to honour new talent, and to promote British films and film-making to a wider public.

BIFA considers every eligible film for nomination. With the help of British-based film festivals and by tracking the release schedules, researchers set out to find everything that qualifies.

At the eagerly anticipated awards ceremony, the winners of the 16 different categories will be announced. Included amongst the nominations for Best British Short Film are three Film London-funded shorts; The Girls, What does your Daddy Do?, and Cherries.

More about the films:

  • The Girls
    Writer/Director: Sebastian Godwin; Producer: Hugo Godwin
    A late autumn afternoon. Two sisters are playing in the garden when their father returns. As dusk falls the atmosphere darkens.
    This short film was funded through Film London’s 2006 PULSE digital shorts scheme.
  • What Does your Daddy Do?
    Director/Writer/Producer: Martin Stitt; Producer: Bennett McGhee
    This dark drama looks at how his involvement with a paedophile ring affects Damian's previously healthy and happy relationship with his own children.
    This production was the first awardee of the 2005 Newham Short Film Production Scheme. The London Borough of Newham is now part of a ‘cluster’ called the New Pathways Film Fund.
  • Cherries
    Director: Tom Harper; Producer: Lisa Williams
    A class of teenage schoolboys are oblivious to their teacher's attempts to question them about the wider world. But they are about to have a lesson they will never forget and one that will change their lives forever.
    The second film funded through PULSE PLUS - a more ambitious single award for directors who have previously been funded through the PULSE digital shorts scheme or made a short with similar production values.

The winners will be announced at the Roundhouse and then posted on the BIFA website.

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