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Best British Shorts

Date posted: 25.10.2007

The nominations for the 10th British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) have been announced and three Film London-funded shorts feature in the line-up.

The Girls, What does your Daddy Do?, and Cherries will battle it out against two other productions for the accolade of Best British Short Film.

Created in 1998, the BIFA's 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.

This year’s jury is comprised of professionals and talents from across the British film industry including: actresses Archie Panjabi and Kathy Burke; actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew Macfadyen; directors Annie Griffin, Menhaj Huda and Neil Marshall; LFF Artistic Director Sandra Hebron; producer Mark Herbert; distributor Will Clarke and musician Nitin Sawhney.

Find out more about the films in competition:

  • 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.

Director Tom Harper won in the same category last year with PULSE film, Cubs. He said: “We’re thrilled to be nominated for a BIFA for the second year running. It really helps to raise the profile of the film and hopefully more people will want to watch it as a result.”

The much anticipated awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 28 November 2007 at the Roundhouse and will be hosted by James Nesbitt.

Find out more about British Independent Film Awards and the 2007 nominations: www.bifa.org.uk.

The 2007 PULSE digital shorts scheme is currently open for applications – find out more and download an application pack. PULSE films from the 2006 slate are being screened as part of the London Calling programme at BFI Southbank on Monday 29 October at 9pm. Find out more about the London Borough Film Fund Challenge.

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