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On the 3rd of February , the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced that the 2016 nominees of the ‘Short Films and Animations’ category, would be screened in cinemas across the UK and overseas at the end of February. This year’s nominees are as follows;

Edmond (Nina Gantz and Emilie Jouffroy)

Samuel-613 (Billy Lumby and Cheyenne Conway)

Operator (Caroline Bartleet and Rebecca Morgan)

Prologue (Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton)

Mining Poems or ODES (Callum Rice and Jack Cocker)

Manoman (Simon Cartwright and Kamilla Kristaine Hodol)

Over (Jörn Threlfall and Jeremy Bannister)

The panel itself is constructed from a conglomerate of leading industry figures, representing the transcendent members of the British short-film making community. Among the judging body this year is film-maker Shane Meadows (This is England) and actor/writer Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean) . The winners, as voted for by BAFTA members will be announced at the EE British Academy Film Awards this Sunday.

For the fourth year, BAFTA will be partnering with the Independent Cinema Office (ICO) and the British Council, in order to distribute films throughout the UK and utilise its existing global network to tour on an international scale. The 2015 programme visited over 30 venues within the UK and travelled an extensive list of countries around the globe; Cuba, China, Columbia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Laos, South Africa, Ukraine and Mexico.

At a select number of screenings, audience members will be able to take part in an exclusive Q&A with film-makers.

Previous winners of the BAFTA Shorts nominees and winners have gone on to receive international recognition for their feature length projects; Sam Taylor Johnson (The Nowhere Boy), Joe Wright (Atonement), Martin McDonagh (In Bruges), Chris Morris (Four Lions), Paddy Considine (Tyrannosaur) and David Yates (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II).

Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said:

“We are delighted to be able to bring the BAFTA-nominated short films to wider public attention and celebrate the achievements of the talented film makers. This year’s nominees include a previous BAFTA and Oscar winner, a BAFTA Scotland Award Winner and two films shot be cinematographers who are past BAFTA scholarship recipients. The range of experience among nominees showcases the amazing opportunities for creativity in short films and cements their invaluable role in the film industry.”

The director of the Independent Cinema Office (ICO), Catherine Des Forges echoed similar sentiments, “There is always a genuine appetite to see the best of short films in cinemas. The ICO’s focus is always on giving people the opportunity to discover as broad a range of films as possible, and we’re glad that each year sees more and more interest in shorts. The UK leads the way in terms of new film talent and we see audiences respond to the chance to discover film-makers processes.”

With a UK rollout of BAFTA ‘Shorts 2016’ package beginning with a special screening at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London on Friday 26th February, attended by a select few of the nominated film-makers.

For venues, show times and a ‘Shorts’ trailer featuring judging panel members; Shane Meadows, Mackenzie Crook, Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies) and Bola Agbaje (Gone Too Far) on the BAFTA website. Will Massa, the Senior Programme Manager for Film at the British Council believes that is an ‘essential’ aspect of our year-round screening: “This year’s line up is stronger than ever and we can’t wait to see what international audiences make of the new selection.”

L O S T  C U L T U R E were invited to an exclusive press screening of the ‘Shorts 2016’ so stay tuned for our review and who we believe will be taking home the crown at the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday.