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Douglas Hickox‘s (1929-1988) humour and unique directing style made him one of Britain’s leading directors throughout the 1970s. In honour of his devotion and support for new talent BIFA is proud to offer The Douglas Hickox Award to a British director on their debut feature film.

Here are this year’s nominees:

Charlie Cattrall for Titus

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A graduate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Charlie started his career as an actor with performances at theatres from La Mama (New York) to the National Theatre (London). He has also spent time as a company member of theatre troupes Gardzienice (Lublin) and Punch Drunk (London). His directing credits include the multi-award winning short film Watching (starring Ian Hart), feature film Titus (starring Ron Cephas Jones) and upcoming dance-film Chthonic (starring Romeu Runa).

It is the film aboutan African American jazz legend lost in London – Titus – that granted him the nomination for The Douglas Hickox Award.

Tina Gharavi for I am Nasrine

Tina-GharaviTina Gharavi is a BAFTA-nominated filmmaker, born in Iran, initially trained as a painter in the United States, later studying cinema in France. She is noted for innovative cross-platform work, working both in documentary and fiction. Tina‘s first 35mm short film, Closer, was an official selection at Sundance and her short documentary Mother/Country was given top billing by the national press in the UK and the London Evening Standard described it as “genuinely moving.”

Her first feature film – I am Nasrine – about two teenage Iranian refugees earned her the nomination for The Douglas Hickox Award.

Jeremy Lovering for In Fear

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Jeremy Lovering has nearly twenty years of experience in television directing and writing across documentary, comedy and drama genres. In 2003 he wrote and directed the BBC drama documentary Killing Hitler, which recounted the British attempts to kill the dictator during Operation Foxley in 1944. Regarding feature film, Jeremy worked as the second unit director on the 2007 action-comedy feature ‘Hot Fuzz’.

It is his debut feature In Fear that is claimed to be one of the best horror movies of the year and for which Jeremy Lovering has been nominated for The Douglas Hickox Award.

Omid Nooshin for Last Passenger

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Ever since his graduation from University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Omid has been making short films and commercials. In 1999, his short film Panic, based on a true story of a carjacking gone awry, played at several international film festivals and opened doors with industry executives in London and Los Angeles.

In 2008 Nooshin’s script for Last Passenger was voted onto the Brit List of favourite unproduced British screenplays. It later became a $2.5m film starring Dougray Scott – for which Omid Nooshin was nominated for The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director.

Paul Wright for For Those in Peril

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Paul Wright started his career with several award-winning shorts like Believe which won a Golden Leopard for Best International short at Locarno Film Festival and Until the River Runs Red which received a BAFTA award in 2010 for best short film.

His first feature length film For Those in Peril which was screened in the Critics’ Week strand of this year’s Cannes film festival has granted Paul yet another award – The Douglas Hickox Award.


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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