Curzon Home Cinema and the BAFTAs are once again teaming up to stream the BAFTA Short nominees this year.
Short films are perhaps the most overlooked part of the awards season, and unfairly so, as they frequently offer a new perspective on the world, showcase a rising talent, or innovatively overcome the limitations of their running time in a way that captures that distilled brilliance of cinematic storytelling. Previous nominees include directors Paddy Considine (Tyrannosaur) and Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), and Home, by Daniel Mulloy, which provocatively shone a light on the world’s migrant and refugee crisis.
As audiences race to catch up with nominated feature films before the winners are announced in February, too often in the past, the short films have been unable to view until after the ceremony, or only in a handful of cinemas. In 2019, though, for the third year in a row, the nominees in the Best Short Film and Best Short Animation categories will be available to stream across the UK and Ireland before the BAFTAs take place.
Curzon Home Cinema will release them online from 8th February. Here’s the full list:
Wale (dir. Barnaby Blackburn, 20m)
Can you make a fresh start in a world this rotten?
73 Cows (dir. Alex Lockwood, 15m)
A beef farmer battles with his conscience every time he takes his cows to slaughter. He knows he must make a change.
I’m OK (dir. Elizabeth Hobbs, 6m)
Inspired by the life and art of artist Oskar Kokoschka, I’m OK explores the wounds of heartbreak and trauma.
Bachelor 38 (dir. Angela Clarke 15m)
An enduring love story of one man’s time in London.
Marfa (dir. Greg McLeod & Myles McLeod, 8m)
An existential journey to a West Texan town.
Roughhouse (dir. Jonathan Hodgson, 15m)
When three teenage friends meet a charismatic stranger, their loyalty is torn apart with terrifying consequences.
The Blue Door (dir. Paul Taylor, 9m)
A kind and caring nurse, Clare, is opening the door to her new job, but maybe some doors are best left shut…
The Field (dir. Sandhya Suri, 19m)
Between the cornstalks of Shahzadpur — in the realm of the senses.