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Shortlist Announced for 2019 BAFTA Student Film Awards presented by GSA

7 May 2019
Event: BAFTA Student Film AwardsDate: Friday 29 June 2018 Venue: Theatre, Ace Hotel , Los Angeles-Getty Images for BAFTA LA

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has today announced the shortlist for the 2019 BAFTA Student Film Awards presented by Global Student Accommodation (GSA). For the first time, BAFTA and GSA will also award a USD 12,000 commissioning grant to student projects on the topic of wellbeing. Those eligible for the grant include those shortlisted for the BAFTA Student Film Awards, as well as participants of BAFTA's New Talent Initiatives (Newcomers, Scholars, and Alumni).

This year’s shortlisted 60 films have been selected from the 568 submissions by students at film schools in 38 countries across the world, including Pakistan, South Korea, Chile, Uruguay, Finland, The Netherlands, Portugal, France and more. Film schools worldwide were invited to submit up to nine films for consideration for four top prizes – the BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation, the BAFTA Student Film Award for Documentary, the BAFTA Student Film Award for Live Action Film, and the Special Jury Prize, selected by the event’s panel members.

“We take immense pride in our unwavering support of emerging student filmmakers from around the globe year-round,” said BAFTA LA CEO, Chantal Rickards. “We are delighted that this year, having received a record number of submissions, we will not only be able to recognize students’ achievements but also fund deserving student film projects with the BAFTA-GSA Commissioning Grant. Mental health and wellbeing are continuously misunderstood the world over, and we’re confident that the talented young filmmakers on the BAFTA Student Film Awards shortlist will demonstrate highly imaginative, bold and compelling ways of tackling it.”

Nicholas Porter, Founder and Chairman, Global Student Accommodation Group (GSA) said, “The conscientious Gen Z continues to wow the world with its political and social awareness, and determination to make our world a better place. Positive mental health and student wellbeing are fundamental in enabling this and future generations to thrive.  We hope the USD 12,000 BAFTA-GSA Short Film Commissioning Grant, which will go towards short film projects specifically addressing wellbeing amongst 15-25-year-olds, will help raise further awareness of a vital issue. We look forward to supporting those that are awarded the grant and hope they gain invaluable creative and strategic input for their projects from BAFTA.”

A panel of BAFTA members will review the films on the shortlist and vote for three finalists each in the categories of Live Action, Documentary, and Animation. The finalists will be announced on June 4 and the directors will be flown to Los Angeles for the finals screening and awards event at The Broad Stage.

The shortlisted films are (listed alphabetically by film title with director names):



Diana Cam Van Nguyen

Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic

Best Friend

Nicholas Olivieri, Yi Shen, Juliana De Lucca, Varun Nair, David Feliu

Gobelins, l'école de l'image, France


Ji-hyeon Ahn

Korea National University of Arts, South Korea

Food Chain

Liis Kokk, Mari Kivi

Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia


Katarina Lundquist

The Animation Workshop, Denmark


Cameron Gavinski

University of Southern California, USA


Fokion Xenos

National Film and Television School, UK

Holy Nuns

Anissa Beddiaf, Edwige Bellin du Coteau, Lucile Fillon, Perrine Lemonnier, Zacharia Mekideche, Léa Mouraud, Armelle Roy

ISART Digital, France

Hors De L'eau

Simon Duong-Van-Huyen, Joël Durand, Thibault Leclerq, Valentin Lucas, Andrei Sitari

Gobelins, l'école de l'image, France

Hors Piste

Léo Brunel, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert, Oscar Malet

École des Nouvelles Images, France


Sarah Andrews

Pearson College London, UK

Love Me Fear Me

Veronica Solomon

Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, Germany 


Thomas Anglade, Maxime Announ, Lucie Dessertine, Estelle Saint-Jours

ArtFX, France

Raccoon And The Light

Hanna Kim

California Institute of the Arts, USA


Leszek Mozga

London College of Communication, UK

Sans Gravité

Charline Parisot, Jérémy Cissé, Fioretta Caterina Cosmidis, Flore Allier-Estrada, Maud Lemaître-Blanchart, Ludovic Abraham

Supinfocom Rubika, France

The Ostrich Politic

Mohamad Houhou

Gobelins, l'école de l'image, France

The Stained Club

Mélanie Lopez, Simon Boucly, Marie Ciesielski, Alice Jaunet, Chan Stéphie Peang, Béatrice Viguier

Supinfocom Rubika, France


Saira George, Sara Laubscher

The Animation School, South Africa

Wild Love

Paul Autric, Quentin Camus, Léa Georges, Maryka Laudet, Zoé Sottiaux, Corentin Yvergniaux

École des Nouvelles Images, France


Amor, Só de Mãe

Julia Hannud, Catharina Scarpellini

Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, Brazil

Años Dorados

Catalina Etcheverry

Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile

Dust Rising

Lauren Schwartzman

UC Berkeley, USA

Enforcement Hours

Paloma Martinez

Stanford University, USA


Yifan Sun

The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Lodz, Poland


Nani Walker, Grace Oyenubi

UC Berkeley, USA

Great! Lakes

Tess Wagman

Rhode Island School of Design, USA

Guanajuato Norte

Ingrid Holmquist, Sana Malik

Columbia University, USA

Love & Loss

Nikki (Yiying) Li

University of Southern California, USA

Mushroom Boys

Eric Youwei Lin

LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

Night Cleaners

Hanna Nordenswan

School of Visual Arts, USA

The Clinic

Elivia Shaw

Stanford University, USA

The Flow Effect

Lachlan Henry

Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

The Silhouette of Braids

Rotem Dimand

Jerusalem Film School, Israel

The Wind’s Heritage

Alejandra Retana, Cesar Camacho, Cesar Hernández

University of Guadalajara, Mexico


Ernest Pathi

Loyola Marymount University, USA

Trouble Finds You

Stephanie Tangkilisan

Columbia University, USA

Unspoken War

Javeus Toh Zuan Hao

LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore


Ido Weisman

Tel Aviv University, Israel

We Are All Here

Hannah Currie

Goldsmiths, University of London, UK



Dilek Ince

California State University, Northridge, USA


Myriam Raja

National Film and Television School, UK

Calamity Falls

Hadley Hillel

Chapman University, USA

Dog Eat Dog

Rikke Gregersen

Kristiania University College, Norway

Esta Es Tu Cuba

Brian Robau

Chapman University, USA

Fait Divers

Léon Yersin

Geneva University of Art and Design, Switzerland


Martin Monk

Film Academy Vienna, Austria

Harmaa Susi

Topi Raulo

Aalto University, Finland

How to Live Your Life Correctly

Xindi Lou

American Film Institute, USA


Benjamin Pfohl

University of Television and Film Munich, Germany

Miller & Son

Asher Jelinsky

American Film Institute, USA

Nice Talking To You

Saim Sadiq

Columbia University, USA

November 1st

Charlie Manton

National Film and Television School, UK

One Hundred and Twenty-Eight Thousand

Ondřej Erban

Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic


Jiage Tong

City College of New York, USA

Simon Cries

Sergio Guataquira Sarmiento

Institut des Arts de Diffusion, Belgium

The Little Goddess

Gauri Adelkar

Columbia University, USA

The Trip

Daniel Rihák

Academy of Performing Arts, Slovakia


Sandra Concepción Reynoso Estrada

Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, Mexico

Youth In Bed

Edward Zorab

Met Film School, UK