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This has been a great year for short films, with stunning stories and cinematography. Here are the nominees:

L’Assenza

L’Assenza was selected for the 57th BFI Film Festival as well as being selected for a screening at the 51st New York Film Festival. Directed by Jonathon Romney, the film follows one man’s obsession with the sight of his double in a B&W italian film from the 1960s.

Dr Easy

Written and directed by Jason Groves, Chris Harding and Richard Kenworthy, this short, adapted from Matthew De Abaitua’s novel The Red Men, sets an Orwellian vision of what contemporary society may evolve to be: surveillance, automation, biotechnology and how this affects our humanity. Tom Hollander stars alongside Dr Easy, a medical robot voiced by Geraldine James.

Dylan’s Room

Layke Anderson’s film Dylan’s Room has been winning awards since its release; the film has recently been highly commended by the Scottish Mental Health Film Festival. With an inspired score by ‘Erebus & Terror’.

Jonah

Directed by Kibwe Tavares and backed by Film4, Jonah has been described as a “stunning, ambitious hybrid of live-action and animation that reveals the cost of human progress” and was premiered at Sundance Film Festival. This is the story of a beach boy in Zanzibar that starts a myth in his small village which sparks the growth of their tourist industry. But reality is far from what he dreams…

Z1

Directed by Gabriel Gauchet and written by  Rungano Nyoni, Z1 is being shown at Locarno International Film Festival. This short tells the story of how Ruth and Guy’s years of resentment, manipulation and maliciousness culminate in a bitter separation. However, things spiral out of control when their ten year old son, Max, starts to behave abnormally.

More details about the film here.

The Moet British Independent film Award winners will be announced on Sunday December 8th at Old Billingsgate in London in an event hosted by the actor and BIFA patron James Nesbitt. The event will be live cast by Film3Sixty.

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