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15/01/2007

Film London Funded Shorts Nominated For BAFTA

Two Film London-funded shorts have been nominated for Best Short Film in the Orange British Academy Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards, out of only five titles shortlisted in the category.
The films, 'Cubs' and 'Care', were produced through Film London’s Lottery-funded 2006 PULSE and PULSE PLUS Digital Shorts schemes which promote new talent in the capital.
Cubs, directed by Islington-based Tom Harper and produced by Lisa Williams, is an urban tale about two young, impressionable teens who are keen to join a local gang. The short has already won Best Short Film at both the British Independent Film Awards and the BBC3 New Talent Film Awards, and the Ascent Media Short Film Award at the Rushes Soho Shorts Festival.
Directed by Corinna Faith, Care tells the story of Mali, played by Shaun Parkes (Doctor Who, HumanTraffic), a carer for the elderly who faces a power struggle with Archie (Peter Vaughan) who finds his help unwelcome. The short is produced by Tracy Bass and Rachel Bailey of Camden-based APT Film and TV.
Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London commented: "It's fantastic that two Film London projects have been recognised with BAFTA nominations and demonstrates that real new talent is benefiting from our short film schemes. This is a real achievement for the film-makers and we wish them every success on the night."
Lisa Williams, Producer of Cubs was pleased with the nomination: "We're incredibly excited to be nominated for a BAFTA. It means a huge amount to us and we just want to thank our brilliant cast and crew who worked so hard on the film and Film London and the UK Film Council for funding and supporting us throughout."
Corinna Faith, Writer and Director of Care was equally excited: “It is fantastically encouraging to get a nomination like this, not only for the production team but for all the people involved in the making of the film who gave so much of their time and their skills.”
The winning film will be announced at this year's BAFTA award ceremony on Sunday 11 February 2007 at the Royal Opera House, London.
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