The 2017 BAFTA nominated short films are now available to watch online in the UK.
The nominated films, which were chosen by a jury of leading industry figures, represent the best of British short filmmaking, and showcase innovative and exciting British talent. As audiences race to catch up with nominated feature films before the winners are announced on 12th February, too often in the past, the short films have been unable to view until after the ceremony, or in a handful of cinemas. This year, though, for the first time, the shorts are available to stream across the UK and Ireland before the BAFTAs take place.
All eight nominees are now available as a compilation on Curzon Home Cinema. Audiences across the UK and overseas will also be able to see a compilation of this year’s BAFTA-nominated short films and animations in cinemas from 10th February.
Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, says: “We are delighted to be partnering with Curzon to showcase the BAFTA-nominated shorts to an online audience for the very first time. It is vital that the work of talented British filmmakers is given the widest possible audience.”
Phil Mordecai, Director, Curzon Home Cinema adds: “We’re delighted to be the exclusive online home for this year’s collection of BAFTA nominated shorts. Congratulations to all of the filmmakers whose superb work we are very proud to be bringing to homes nationwide via our virtual Curzon venue.”
Indeed, Curzon Home Cinema has been a growing force in the UK’s streaming market, with Andrew Haigh’s BAFTA-nominated 45 Years becoming the first film to gross over £1 million at the box office last year while being simultaneously released online via the distributor’s VOD platform. At this year’s EE British Academy Film Awards, Curzon will also be honoured with the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.
The nominees are:
The Party (dir. Andrea Harkin)
Belfast 1972. Laurence welcomes his cousin and man-on-the-run Mickey to a party of drinking, dancing and young love. By morning, reality catches up with them.
A Love Story (dir. Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara)
Two creatures fall in love, weaving a colourful world together but when darkness threatens to consume one of them, the other must fight to stay together, or risk being torn apart.
Mouth of Hell (dir. Samir Mehanovic)
A child labourer in the burning coalfields of Jharia, India has to make a choice. To do what’s right? Or to save his dying mother?
Standby (dir. Charlotte Regan)
Gary and Jenny share the same cramped “office space” as all beat cops: the front seat of a police car.
Tough (dir. Jennifer Zheng)
Some things can only be understood with maturity. New light is shed on childhood cultural misunderstandings when a Chinese mother and her British born daughter speak as adults for the first time.
Consumed (dir. Richard John Seymour)
A cinematic voyage through the mines, landscapes, factories and ports of Chinese production.
The Alan Dimension (dir. Jac Clinch)
Alan Brown uses divine powers of precognition to foresee the fate of mankind… and breakfast. Meanwhile, Wendy has had enough of being married to ‘the next step in cognitive evolution’.
Home (dir. Daniel Mulloy)
Thousands of men, women and children struggle to get into Europe as a comfortable English family sets out on what appears to be a holiday. Starring Jack O’Connell and Holliday Grainger.
You can watch them now for £3.50 at www.curzonhomecinema.com – or, to see this year’s full list of BAFTA nominees, including which ones you can watch on VOD, click here.