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BAFTA Names 15 Female Directors Selected for Elevate 2017 Program

The 2017 BAFTA Elevate Participants: BAFTA’s Twitter account

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the participants of its annual Elevate program. As this year’s initiative addresses the gender gap among directors in the entertainment industry, BAFTA selected 15 female film directors for the program. BAFTA Elevate 2017 “will support the participants to progress in high-end television and feature films,” a press release details. BAFTA hosted a reception honoring the women on May 17.

This year’s focus on female directors is credited to “Africa United” director Debs Paterson, who wanted “an opportunity to highlight the number of experienced female directors ready to work, and to build a peer-to-peer community based on support and shared knowledge.”

Over one year, Elevate will provide the directors “tailored panel discussions, masterclasses, and workshops that will build peer support relationships, address cutting edge technical advances, and promote the directors to the wider industry.”

Among the Elevate 2017 selectees are television director Christiana Ebohon-Green (“EastEnders,” “Doctors”), “Honeytrap” helmer Rebecca Johnson, “My Brother the Devil” filmmaker Sally El Hosaini, “I Am Nasrine” helmer and Hetv Director Program participant Tina Gharavi, and “Call the Midwife” director Lisa Clarke.

“We are thrilled to be supporting our incredible 15 selected participants across the next 12 months,” BAFTA Film Programme Manager Mariayah Kaderbhai commented. “Through BAFTA Elevate, we hope to provide these talented individuals with the platform they need to reach the next stage of their careers by helping them build relationships and allow them to benefit from BAFTA’s network of industry experts.”

In April news broke that BAFTA had accidentally Cc’d all of the directors who were not selected for Elevate 2017. The snafu gave the 225 unaccepted women a chance to comfort one another, network, and organize. They eventually launched #BAFTAsLucky225, which reached number nine on Twitter’s trending topics list. As fate would have it, BAFTA managed to elevate all of its applicants — not just those selected for its official program.

Below is a full list of the Elevate 2017 participants, courtesy of BAFTA.

Alicia DuffyAmanda BlueCathy BradyChristiana Ebohon-GreenDawn ShadforthDelyth ThomasEmma SullivanKate SaxonLindy HeymannLisa ClarkeRebecca JohnsonSally El HosainiSarah WalkerTina GharaviVanessa Caswill

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Tina Gharavi and Samantha Harrie Selected for Hetv Director Program

Tina Gharavi: Image courtesy of Gharavi

Directors UK and Creative Skillset’s High End TV (Hetv) Council have announced two directors set to participate in the High End TV Drama Directors Career Development Programme. According to a press release, Tina Gharavi and Samantha Harrie will serve as “placement directors on two of the UK’s most popular High End drama productions: Kudos’ ‘The Tunnel: Vengeance’ and Neal Street Productions’ ‘Call The Midwife.’”

A total of six directors will be chosen from 200 applications to participate in the program, which was “launched to help progress and diversify the directing talent in Hetv drama.” The four remaining candidates will be announced later this year.

The initiative includes a 12-week paid stint on a High End drama production, where the placement director will have the chance to work side-by-side with the show’s lead director. Placement directors “will gain an insight into all areas of Hetv drama including pre-production, shooting, and post-production; ultimately giving them the skill set needed to be able to direct an episode in the future.” They will also have the chance to direct 2nd unit when possible and potentially earn an on-screen credit.

“Ensuring full representation behind-the-scenes in High End TV productions is imperative if Hetv is to be reflective of society,” Hetv Programme Lead Kaye Elliott explained. “This is why the Council and levy are fully supportive of initiatives such as the High End TV Drama Directors Career Development Programme, and we are delighted that two female directors have secured such high profile placements.”

Gharavi received a BAFTA nomination for her coming-of-age film “I Am Nasrine” in 2013. She made her debut with the 2001 documentary short “Closer,” and her other directing credits include several shorts as well as the 2007 doc “A Town Like Lackawanna.” She is currently working on her next film, the gangster story “The Good Iranian.” As part of the High End TV Directors program, Gharavi will be working with Gilles Bannier (“Tin Star,” “The Tunnel: Sabotage”) on “The Tunnel: Vengeance.”

Harrie’s graduation film, the short “Love Letters,” earned her a Royal Television Society award nomination. A selectee for the 2016 BBC New Directors Scheme, Harrie has also helmed episodes of “Doctors” and the shorts “Copier” and “Adrift.” She is attached to direct two upcoming features: “The Pod,” a sci-fi/black comedy hybrid, and “The Orchestra,” a revenge thriller. Harrie will team up with Syd Macartney (“Last Tango in Halifax”) on “Call the Midwife” for the Hetv program.

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Guiding Lights selects 2015 candidates

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Fifteen candidates selected from 250 scheme applicants; previous mentees include Laura Hastings-Smith.

A total of 15 candidates have been selected from 250 applicants to take part in the seventh iteration of UK mentoring scheme Guiding Lights.

This year’s line up includes directing pair James Spinney and Peter Middleton, who have begun production on their feature film Notes on Blindness, as well as Aneil Karia, Emily Greenwood, Mahdi Fleifel, director of A World Not Ours, and Billy Lumby, whose short won the Pears Short Film prize.

Writers include Jennifer Majka, who wrote the screenplay for BAFTA-winning short The Bigger Picture, Matthew Orton, and Hannah Patterson.

Brian Falconer, producer of Oscar-nominated Boogaloo and Graham, made the cut alongside producers Daisy Allsop, Michael Ford, and Chi Thai.

The final two candidates were exhibitors Sophie Easterbrook, who programmed Farnham Maltings, a creative arts centre in the South East, and Carmen Slijpen, who is developing a new community cinema in East Sussex.

Mentors for the
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Guiding Lights unveils 2014 participants

Guiding Lights is run by Lighthouse and Creative Skillset and offers participants nine months of one-on-one mentor support, as well as industry training and networking events.

Digital culture agency Lighthouse and Creative Skillset have announced the 15 participants taking part in their 2014 Guiding Lights programme.

In its sixth year, Guiding Lights offers participants nine months of one-on-one mentor support from professionals in the film industry, as well as access to industry training and networking events. The candidates were selected from more than 250 applications.

“The Guiding Lights selection process is always extremely competitive, and this year was no exception,” said Lighthouse senior producer Emily Kyriakides.

“We’re really excited by the past achievements, future potential and talent within the group, and feel that they have a lot to offer each other as well. They’re a very impressive bunch, and we look forward to working with them over the coming months.”

This year, Lighthouse and Creative
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Partridge up for Music+Sound award

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Partridge up for Music+Sound award
Finalists for the music and sound design awards also include The World’s End, The Crash Reel and I Am Nasrine.

The official list of finalists has been released for the third Music+Sound Awards. The awards recognise and celebrate the role that music and sound design play in UK visual media.

More than 50 industry figures including James Bond composer David Arnold and music supervisors Liz Gallacher of Velvet Ears (Elysium) and Abi Leland of Leland Music (Touching The Void, Last King of Scotland) selected the line-up of finalists.

A full list, including all credits, can be viewed at www.masawards.com/uk

Awards will be presented for Best Original Composition, Best Sound Design and Best Use of Existing Music in film at a ceremony on Feb 27 at the Troxy cinema in London.

Acts performing on the night include comedian Rob Deering, band The Family Rain and DJ David Holmes.
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Metro Manila, James McAvoy win at Moët British Independent Film Awards

Metro Manila, James McAvoy win at Moët British Independent Film Awards
Sean Ellis's Metro Manila was the big winner at last night's Moët British Independent Film Awards.

The film, which centres on a family who flee the rice fields of the Philippines to start a new life in Manila, won Best Director, Best Achievement in Production and Best British Independent Film.

The Best Actor prize went to James McAvoy for Filth, while Le Week-End's Lindsay Duncan took home the Best Actress award. Imogen Poots collected the Supporting Actress gong for The Look of Love and Ben Mendelsohn won Best Supporting Actor for Starred Up.

Special awards on the night were handed to Julie Walters, who took the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution to British film, and Paul Greengrass, recipient of the Variety Award for helping to shine the world spotlight on the UK.

The Bifa winners in full are as follows:

Best British Independent Film

Metro Manila -
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The 2013 British Independent Film Awards Winners are Announced

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It’s a very important night for British film. Celebrating, in a way the BAFTAs can’t, the vital new talents emerging in this country. The British Independent Film Awards is one of our favourite nights of the year, as much a routemap for the people to watch over the next year as it is a celebration of them.

The sheer variety of films nominated is evidence of the potent creative landscape of Britain. From the crowd pleasing and inspirational journey of Steve Coogan and Judi Dench in Philomena, through the haunted and surreal discovery of Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, to the barren urban clash of Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant this country has an independent film industry to be proud of.

There was a great swell of support for one film in particular but the awards point to many successes here. It’s great to see
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Stars Abound Among Bifa 2013 Nominations

Judi Dench, Scarlett Johansson: 2013 British Independent Film Awards nominations (photo: Judi Dench in ‘Philomena’) Since the likes of Judi Dench, Scarlett Johansson, James McAvoy, and Tom Hardy are in the running for the 2013 British Independent Film Awards, expect at least a little overlapping between the determinedly indie-oriented BIFAs and other awards season nominees and/or winners elsewhere. (See also: “Judi Dench Sole Bifa Nominee Surely to Get BAFTA, Oscar Nominations.”) Judi Dench and Scarlett Johansson are competing in the Best Actress category; Dench for Stephen FrearsPhilomena, Johansson for Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin. Tom Hardy and James McAvoy are in the running for the Best Actor British Independent Film Award; Hardy for Steven Knight’s Locke, McAvoy for Jon S. Baird’s Filth. The top Bifa 2013 movie, however, is David Mackenzie’s Starred Up, with a total of eight nominations including Best British Independent Film, Best Director,
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Nominations for the 2013 British Independent Film Awards announced

The nominations for the 2013 British Independent Film Awards have been announced today with Starred Up leading the way with eight nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and two Best Supporting Actor nods.

I'm yet to see the film but with Jack O'Connell (Skins), Ben Mendelsohn (The Place Beyond the Pines) and Rupert Friend (Homeland) all getting nominations, it sounds like a must watch. Also nominated is the exceptional The Selfish Giant, Philomena and Le Week-End. The full nominations are below…

Best British Independent Film

Sponsored by Moët & Chandon

Metro Manila

Philomena

The Selfish Giant

Starred Up

Le Week-end

Best Director

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Jon S Baird – Filth

Clio BarnardThe Selfish Giant

Sean EllisMetro Manila

Jonathan GlazerUnder the Skin

David MackenzieStarred Up

The Douglas Hickox Award [Best Debut Director]

Sponsored by 3 Mills Studios

Charlie CattrallTitus

Tina GharaviI Am Nasrine

Jeremy LoveringIn Fear

Omid Nooshin
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British Independent Film Award Nominations Announced; Starred Up Leads with 8 Nominations

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The nominations for the 16th annual Moet British Independent Film Awards were announced today, and David Mackenzie's Starred Up led the pack with eight including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Jack O'Connell), and two Best Supporting Actor nominations (Ben Mendelsohn and Rupert Friend). I haven't seen many of the other contenders, but I caught Starred Up at Tiff, and it absolutely deserves any acclaim it receives, especially for O'Connell. Other notable nominees included possible Oscar contenders Blue Jasmine (Best International Film) and Judi Dench for Philomena (Best Actress). It's a good collection of nominations, but if I had to note some absences, I would point out that The Double deserved some more love (Mia Wasikowska was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, so the film was eligible). Also, I don't know if Dom Hemingway was eligible, but if so, ignoring Jude Law for Best Actor is criminal. Hit the
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The Selfish Giant, Starred Up and Under the Skin lead the Nominations for the 2013 BIFAs

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While the Oscars and BAFTAs take up a fair share of the awards spotlight the British Independent Film Awards (or the BIFAs as they are lovingly referred to) are, to our mind, a far more exciting and precise barometer of the state of British film.

It matters not how many La-based golden statues are picked up by the British each February, it is the winners and nominees of the BIFAs which point, once again, to a thrilling year in British film with invention and stark, raving talent at the forefront.

Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant is rightly garlanded with nominations, as is David Mackenzie’s Lff-choice for many, Starred Up. Perhaps the more noticeable names of the Philomena cast and crew are present an dcorrect however it’s the slew of nominations for Jon Baird’s Filth and Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin which are very gratifying. Scarlett Johansson
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David Mackenzie’s Prison Drama ‘Starred Up’ Dominates British Independent Film Awards

The annual nominations of this years British Independent Film Awards have been announced with our own Lucy Cave covering the prestigious event celebrating those smaller scale projects. As you’ll be able to see from the nominations below, director David MacKenzie’s latest drama Starred Up dominates. The helmer of acclaimed works such as The Last Great Wilderness, Young Adam and Perfect Sense, sees his prison-set thriller starring Jack O’Connell, Rupert Friend and Ben Mendelsohn up for Best Film, Actor, Director, Screenplay and more!

Best British Independent Film

Metro Manila

Philomena

The Selfish Giant

Starred Up

Le Week-End

Best Director

Jon S Baird – Filth

Clio BarnardThe Selfish Giant

Sean EllisMetro Manila

Jonathan GlazerUnder The Skin

David MackenzieStarred Up

The Douglas Hickox Award [Best Debut Director]

Charlie CattrallTitus

Tina GharaviI Am Nasrine

Jeremy LoveringIn Fear

Omid NooshinLast Passenger

Paul WrightFor Those In Peril

Best
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Scarlett Johansson Takes On Judi Dench at British Indie Film Awards

Scarlett Johansson Takes On Judi Dench at British Indie Film Awards
London – Scarlett Johansson goes head to head with Judi Dench in the contest for best actress at the Moët British Independent Film Awards. Nominations were unveiled Monday by Ewan McGregor.

Dench, who is nommed for “Philomena,” and Johansson, who is up for “Under the Skin,” vie with Lindsay Duncan for “Le Week-end,” Felicity Jones for “The Invisible Woman” and Saoirse Ronan for “How I Live Now.”

Philomena” and “The Invisible Woman” are two of the few movies that are in the Oscar race this year. The films are distributed Stateside by Weinstein Co. and Sony Pictures Classics, respectively. Otherwise, many of the films nominated for the British Independent Awards were not released in the U.S. this past year, and thus ineligible for Oscar. Only twist in the Oscar race is that Steve Coogan was nommed as lead actor in “Philomena,” though many consider him supporting.

The International Independent category
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Starred Up heads British independent film awards nominations

Prison drama starring Jack O'Connell leads the field with eight nods, with The Selfish Giant just behind with seven

The Selfish Giant trailer

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Starred Up, the prison drama starring Jack O'Connell and directed by David Mackenzie, has emerged somewhat unexpectedly at the head of the pack of the nominations for the British Independent film awards (BIFAs).

Starred Up, which received its world premiere at the Toronto film festival, but has yet to be released in the UK, received eight nominations, including best British independent film, best director for Mackenzie, and best actor for O'Connell.

Close behind with seven nominations came The Selfish Giant, the acclaimed Oscar Wilde adaptation directed by Clio Barnard, which included a most promising newcomer nod for its two young lead actors, Conner Chapman and Shaun Thomas.

More established names in the nominations list included Judi Dench and Steve Coogan for
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World War Z, Before Midnight, Spike Island: this week's new films

World War Z | Before Midnight | Spike Island | Fire In The Night | Like Someone In Love | Snitch | I Am Nasrine | The Seasoning House | Shun Li and The Poet | Black Rock | I Am Breathing | A Haunted House

World War Z (15)

(Marc Forster, 2013, Us/Mal) Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale. 116 mins

In the end, the much-reported delays, reshoots and overspend have at least resulted in a watchable disaster epic, even if this brings little to the zombie apocalypse party save for a huge guest list. Forster's film finds Pitt pitted against insect-like hordes of the sprinting dead, as his Un agent trots round the globe trying to trace the source of the epidemic, save his family and avoid getting chomped. Mild spoiler alert: blame Wales.

Before Midnight (15)

(Richard Linklater, 2013, Us) Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Walter Lassally. 109 mins

A satisfying return for the comfortable screen couple, now together but burdened by history,
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Man of Steel leaps predecessor in a single bound as waiting game pays off

Seven years after Superman Returns debuted disappointingly, the series reboot has opened faster than a speeding bullet

The winner

How long should a franchise lie fallow before it can be rebooted successfully? With its premier comic-book property, Warner Bros allowed an eight-year gap between Batman and Robin and Batman Begins, although it's worth remembering that grosses for the Christopher Nolan trilogy only reached spectacular levels with The Dark Knight, three years later; the sequel made £49.1m, as opposed to just £16.6m for Batman Begins. Sony did pretty well with The Amazing Spider-Man only five years after Spider-Man 3, whereas Universal didn't create much excitement with Louis Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk, five years after Ang Lee's less-than-fully achieved Hulk.

Seven years after Superman Returns underwhelmed audiences with a total of £16.4m in the UK and Ireland, the pricey Man of Steel always looked likely to improve on that total. With Nolan on board as producer,
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This week's new film events

Open City Docs fest | I Am Nasrine | Future Cinema Presents Saturday Night Fever | Edinburgh International Film Festival

Open City Docs fest, London

A compact festival bringing 30 premieres, plus masterclasses, guests, and awards chaired by Jeremy Irons. The emphasis is on issues, be they politics, protest or urban life. Titles include Indonesian doc The Act Of Killing, Georgian Sundance-winner The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear and 12 O'Clock Boys, about Baltimore's dirt-bike gangs, and Quentin Cooper leads a debate on nuclear power, alongside films on energy issues.

University College London, WC1, Thu to 23 Jun

I Am Nasrine, Nationwide

British-Iranian film-maker Tina Gharavi's powerful feature collides the two cultures she knows best. The Nasrine of the title is a Tehran teenager who's suddenly forced to flee to the UK with her brother as a result of a very minor offence. But having escaped one repressive environment, she's faced with another, in the
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Man Of Steel, Paradise: Love, Admission: this week's new films

Man Of Steel | Paradise: Love | Much Ado About Nothing | Stuck In Love | Admission | Summer In February | Fukrey

Man Of Steel (12A)

(Zack Snyder, 2013, Us/Can/UK) Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon. 143 mins

How to retell a story everyone has heard so many times before? By shuffling up Superman's origins myth, adopting a deadly earnest tone and chucking tons of money at it, apparently. The result is a Christ parable with a Transformers-sized appetite for destruction. Cavill is appropriately strapping but the tension between Earth and Krypton gets buried beneath the rubble.

Paradise: Love (18)

(Ulrich Seidl, 2012, Aus/Ger/Fra) Margarete Tiesel, Peter Kazungu, Inge Maux. 121 mins

Wealthy white women's third-world sex tourism is hardly a nuanced subject (or a new one: see Laurent Cantet's Heading South) but Seidl brings it up to date and out in the open in this excruciating study of mutual exploitation. Tiesel plays a lonely,
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I Am Nasrine – review

The Bafta-nominated debut tells its story of Iranian emigrants to Britain with integrity and feeling

Tina Gharavi's I Am Nasrine is a movie that first emerged last year on a limited release. A Bafta nomination for outstanding debut got it wider attention, and a well-deserved tour of UK cinemas begins this week. It is obviously an intensely personal film, flawed in some ways, with some plot issues, but acted with integrity and openness, and made with courage and a sense of melancholy in exile. Gharavi's crew for the Iranian scenes have not been named in the credits, evidently for their own safety. Micsha Sadeghi plays Nasrine, a young woman in Tehran, a free spirit who encounters brutality and misogyny from the authorities. Her father sends her away, along with her brother, Ali (Shiraz Haq), to the UK, which means entrusting them to a dangerous illegal-immigrant trail. The siblings emerge from a container lorry,
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The winners of the BAFTA Ee British Academy Film Awards 2013 are...

Wrapping up all the winners from the 65th annual BAFTA Ee British Academy Film Awards...

Sunday evening marked the biggest occasion in the British film calendar as Hollywood descended upon London's Royal Opera House for BAFTA's 66th annual British Academy Film Awards, which celebrated the very best in cinematic excellence from the past twelve months.

Tom Hooper's acclaimed musical Les Miserables may have won the most awards, taking home Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway), Production Design, Sound and Make Up & Hair, but the night belonged to Argo, the CIA thriller picking up Best Film and Best Editing, while Ben Affleck was also named Best Director, despite failing to pick up as much as a nomination at the Academy Awards.

Elsewhere, Skyfall received Outstanding British Film (and also received the award for Best Original Music), while Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) and Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) were honoured in the lead acting categories.
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