BAFTA-Nominated Shorts to Be Screened in U.K. Cinemas

5:18 AM PST 01/22/2014 by Stuart Kemp
Joel Ryan

The British Academy has again partnered with the Independent Cinema Office and the British Council to package this year's nominated short films as one feature-length release.

LONDON -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is planning to package the films nominated in the British short film and British short animation categories at this year’s EE British Academy Film Awards into one feature-length theatrical release.

The plan is to roll out the movie-length collection of eight titles across the U.K., with BAFTA partnering for the second year with specialty distributor, the Independent Cinema Office (ICO), and the British Council.

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Selected screenings will be followed by a Q&A session with nominated filmmakers, who will discuss their working process and creative inspirations. It's all part of BAFTA’s ongoing effort to trumpet British-based filmmaking talent and to inspire the public.

The plans are a repeat of last year's theatrical release of nominated shorts. BAFTA Shorts 2014 will begin with a special gala at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London on Feb. 28.

BAFTA-winning producer and chair of the British short film jury Lisa Bryer said: "The theatrical release of BAFTA’s nominated shorts will make the work of some of the best up-and-coming talent in British filmmaking widely available to the general public."

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