The British Independent Film Awards was founded by Raindance in 1998 to honour and celebrate independent films made in Britain. Previous winners have included Billy Elliot, Slumdog Millionaire and The King’s Speech.

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Read all the 2012 BIFA nominations here.
The winner will be announced on Sunday 9 December 2012.

 

The qualifications for any film to be considered for this category include:

  •   Any British short films that have won an award between the 10th October 2011 and 9th October 2012.
  •   Any variations are at the sole discretion and recommendation of the film committee.
  •   A short film must be no longer than 40 minutes (including credits).

Here is a little information about the nominees for Best British Short.

 

Friday

Director: Sebastian Rice-Edwards

Writer: Anna Symon

Synopsis: The story of a teenager struggling to come to terms with the death of his mother on the one-year anniversary of the tragic event.

 

Junk

Director, Designer & Writer: Kirk Hendry
Synopsis: A tale of an obsession with junk food that may prove hard to swallow.

 

Skyborn

Director: Jamie Stone

Producer: Len Rowles

Synopsis: Stranded in a foggy post-apocalyptic wasteland, a father Gideon and his son Blue build a flying machine to see above the clouds. But Blue has lost faith in his father’s crackpot dream; their flying attempts are becoming too dangerous and he is sure there is nothing but cloud in the sky. So Blue hatches a plan to keep his father on the ground.

 

Swimmer

Director & Writer: Lynne Ramsay

Synopsis: A young man swims across the rivers and lakes of Britain to a soundtrack of assorted nationalistic music. As he passes people on the banksides including children, lovers and a tramp their thoughts and conversations are also heard. Ultimately, after walking through a wood at night, the boy returns to the water and appears to sink below the surface.

SWIMMER from Natasha Braier on Vimeo.

 

Volume

Director: Mahalia Belo

Writer: Anna Ingeborg Topsoe

Synopsis: Sam lives in a place where everything is polished and secrets are cleaned up and kept. So when Georgina goes missing, everyone acts like nothing happened. But Sam can’t stop thinking about her, the enigma who lived next door, swimming daily in her pool. As Sam drifts back into his memories of Georgina, he comes to realise he may know more than he wants to remember.

VOLUME: TRAILER from Volume the film on Vimeo.