BAFTA releases shortlist for 2018 Student Film Awards
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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced the shortlist for the 2018 Student Film Awards. The Awards were globally expanded in 2017, so this year’s crop of 60 shortlisted films hail from 469 submissions from students at film schools in 35 countries including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Russia, Switzerland, the U.K., and the U.S. The awards gala will take place on Friday, June 29 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif. Click here to purchase tickets from AXS to attend the ceremony in person.

This expansion prompted a notable increase in the amount of submissions. A total of 111 film schools submitted films with 43 of those being first-time submissions. Furthermore, the number of countries entering increased from 15 in 2017 to 35 this year. Film schools could send up to nine films for consideration across four prize categories: Animation, Documentary, Live Action Film and the Special Jury Prize, selected by BAFTA Student Film Awards panel members.

BAFTA’s international presence is growing and the BAFTA Student Film Awards “seeks to foster strong talent connects across the U.K., U.S., and Asia. The international expansion also supports BAFTA’s Access for All campaign which strives to ensure “talented individuals are offered a clear pathway to careers in the entertainment industry, uninhibited by background, demographics or personal circumstance.”

Today’s talented student filmmakers potentially represent the vision and the voice of film in the future. The BAFTA Student Film Awards shortlist represents some of the best examples of what the future of the art form holds.

“The future of film is in excellent hands. The BAFTA Student Film Awards have, in recent years, been one of the first opportunities to catch rising stars like Ryan Coogler. We have little doubt that, among this year's Shortlist, are some more filmmaking stars of the future,” said Sandro Monetti and Peter Morris, Co-Chairs of the BAFTA Los Angeles New Talent Committee in a press statement.

A host of well-known artists like Mary J. Blige, Michelle Williams, Gary Oldman and more contemplate the future of film by answering the captivating question: “What will film be like in 50 years?” in a BAFTA Los Angeles video clip posted on YouTube earlier this year. (Watch it above). Aspiring student filmmakers, such as those on this year’s Student Film Awards shortlist, might ultimately play a role in shaping, molding, and defining the evolution of film.

The 2018 BAFTA Student Film Awards shortlisted films are listed alphabetically by film title with director names below:

 ANIMATION
“A PRIORI” - Maïté Schmitt / Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg / Germany
“AUGENBLICKE” -  Kiana Naghshineh / Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg / Germany
“CHICKEN STRIPS” - Chloe Bestward / Columbia College Chicago, USA
“FIFTY-TWO”- Brodie Stephenson / Griffith University / Australia
“HIM AND HER” - Nathalie Lamb / Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg / Germany
“I THINK I LOVE YOU” - Xiya Lan / California Institute of the Arts / USA
“IN A HEARTBEAT” - Beth David, Esteban Bravo / Ringling College of Art and Design / USA
“INANIMATE” - Lucia Bulgheroni / National Film and Television School / U.K.
“MASCARPONE” - Jonas Riemer / Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf / Germany 
“MONSTERS DON'T EXIST” - Ilaria Angelini, Luca Barberis Organista, Nicola Bernardi / Civica Scuola di Cinema Luchino Visconti / Italy
“NEW NEIGHBOURS” - Andrea Mannino, Sara Burgio, Giacomo Rinaldi / Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Piemonte, Dip.to Animazione / Italy
“POLICE” - Ed Smith/ National Film and Television School / U.K.
“READY FOR A BABY” - Anastasia Dyakova / The University of Melbourne / Australia
“SISTER” - Siqi Song / California Institute of the Arts / USA
“SUPERNOVA” - Gavin Lankford, Alexsandre C. Kosinski / University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking / USA
“THE FRUITS OF THE CLOUDS” - Kateřina Karhanková / FAMU - Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague / Czech Republic
‘THE OTHER (INNY)” - Marta Magnuska / The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School / Poland
“THE SECRET LIFE OF ART” - Catherine Mosier-Mills / The Claremont Colleges / USA
“THIN DUST” - Alessandra Boatto, Gloria Cianci, Sofia Zanonato / Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Piemonte, Dip.to Animazione / Italy
“VERGE” - Ching Tien Chu / School of Visual Arts / USA

DOCUMENTARY
“BLOOD ISLAND” - Lindsey Parietti / University of the West of England / U.K.
“CIRCLE” - Jayisha Patel / National Film and Television School / U.K.
“FAITHFUL” - Dane Christensen / Stanford University / USA
“FINDING HOME: ELAHEH” - Abraham Troen / University of Southern California / USA
“HALE” - Brad Bailey / UC Berkeley / USA
“HAMAMA & CALUNA” - Andreas Muggli / Lucerne School of Art and Design / Switzerland
“HEROIN HEARSE” - Ryan Buckley / Columbia College Chicago / USA
“IN THIS FAMILY” - Drama Del Rosario / New York Film Academy / USA
“KATONG GABII (THAT NIGHT)” - Jeremy Luke Bolatag/ UP Film Institute / Philippines
“LOVE IN 35MM”- Federica Gargarella / Goldsmiths / U.K.
“NESTING WITH THE DEVIL” - Stephen Matter / University of the West of England / U.K.
“PALENQUE” - Sebastian Pinzon / Northwestern University / USA
“PEACEKEEPER” - Tyler Knutt, Nicholas Markart / Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts / USA
“RUDEL”- Simon Ostermann / Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf / Germany
“TAKING SOMEONE TO SOMEONE” - Shing Hei Ho / The University of Melbourne / Australia
“THE FIREFOX GUARDIAN” - Gunjan Menon / University of the West of England / U.K.
“THE SHIFT” - Paloma Martinez, Elivia Shaw / Stanford University / USA
“THE WHALE BOWL (LOLITA'S STORY)” - Emily George / University of Greenwich / U.K.
“THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT TO MARKET” - Jeanine Fiser / Loyola Marymount University / USA
“WE ARE DATA”- Moritz Müller-Preisser, Franziska Brozio / University of Television and Film Munich / Germany

LIVE ACTION
“BIRTHRIGHT” - Mauritz Brekke Solberg, Daniel Fure Schwarz / Kristiania University College / Norway
“BLOOD AND WATER” - Brian Blum / New York University / USA
“FIFO” - Sacha Ferbus / Institut des Arts de Diffusion / Belgium
“HURRIA” - Travis Rush / University of Southern California / USA
“JUNE” - Huay-Bing Law / The University of Texas at Austin / USA
“MY NEPHEW EMMETT” - Kevin Wilson / New York University / USA
“NADA” - Adel Ahmed Yehia / The High Institute of Cinema / Egypt
“NUNDALSDRAPET” - Ola Moen / Kristiania University College / Norway
“ONE SMALL STEP” - Aqsa Altaf / University of Southern California / USA
“SKIN” - Nancy Camaldo / University of Television and Film Munich / Germany
“SO YOU LIKE THE NEIGHBOURHOOD” - Jean Pesce / New York University / USA
“SOL DE AGOSTO” - Franco Volpi / London Film School / U.K.
“THE LAST ROMANTIC”- Natalia Agraz / Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica / Mexico
“THE MOON AND THE NIGHT” - Erin Lau / Chapman University / USA
“THE PRESIDENT'S VISIT” - Cyril Aris / Columbia University / USA
“TRISTAN” - Sonam Larcin / Institut des Arts de Diffusion / Belgium
“WHAT REMAINS” - Areej Mahmoud / Columbia College Chicago / USA
“WHAT WE LOSE” - Jakob Mørk / European Film College / Denmark
“WORDS AND LIGHTS”  - Karel Malkoun / Notre Dame University – Louaize / Lebanon
“WYRM” - Christopher Winterbauer / University of Southern California / USA