The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced that films nominated in the British Short Film and British Short Animation categories will screen in UK cinemas from Friday 28th February and tour internationally.

Selected screenings will be followed by a Q&A with nominated filmmakers who will talk about their work and creative inspirations. These include two of AUB’s Animation Alumni, Sam Taylor and Bjorn-Erik Aschim in the British Short Animation category for ‘Everything I Can See from Here’ and Film Production Graduate Michael Pearce for ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ in the British Short Film category.

Michael commented: “Being nominated feels pretty overwhelming, a real validation that all the sweat, blood and tears that went into making the film were worth it. Bournemouth was where I really discovered and fell in love with cinema. Countless hours were spent in the video rooms absorbing all kinds of movies; it was a great learning experience for which I’m very grateful.”

BAFTA together with the Independent Cinema Office (ICO) will handle all UK theatrical bookings, and the British Council, who will tour the nominated films internationally through their network of offices in 110 countries.

The UK-wide rollout of BAFTA Shorts 2014 begins with a special screening at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London on Friday 28th February, attended by the nominated filmmakers. Other confirmed venues include Riverside Studios in London, Watershed in Bristol and Broadway Cinema in Nottingham.

Lisa Bryer, BAFTA-winning producer and Chair of the British Short Film Jury, 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.”

It’s exciting times for AUB with the BAFTA’s coming up soon on the 16th February. We have Alumni in several categories such as best Special Visual Effects for the film Gravity, which is up for 11 awards.