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BAFTA announces ten shortlisted Films for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

9 December 2019

London, 9th December 2019: The British Academy Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) today announced the shortlisted films in the Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer category.

This award was established to encourage British filmmaking by recognising individuals in the selected disciplines whose first film sets them apart as a talent with a distinct vision and potential. It was previously presented as the Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Writer, Director or Producer in their First Feature Film.

Marc Samuelson, Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee said: “New talent is the lifeblood of the British film industry. This shortlist of ten films shines a light on a diverse group of talented debut British filmmakers who demonstrate that the future of British film is in good hands.”

The shortlist for the two other BAFTA jury categories – British Short Film and British Short Animation – will be announced Tuesday 10 December 2019.

Nominations for all categories will be announced on Tuesday 7 January 2020, with the EE Rising Star nominations announced the previous day, Monday 6 January.

Shortlisted for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

Nominations and winner to be decided by Outstanding Debut Jury


Writer:  Emma Jane Unsworth


Writer/Director: Mark Jenkin, Producers: Kate Byers, Linn Waite           

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story      

Director/Producer: Steve Sullivan                    

Blue Story        

Writer/Director: Rapman, Producer: Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor

(also produced by Damien Jones)

For Sama        

Director/Producer: Waad al-Kateab, Director: Edward Watts               

The Last Tree    

Producer: Myf Hopkins

(also produced by Lee Thomas)


Director: Alex Holmes

Only You         

Writer/Director: Harry Wootliff

The Party's Just Beginning        

Writer/Director: Karen Gillan


Writer/Director: Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio

(also written by Héctor Gálvez)


The EE British Academy Film Awards take place on Sunday 2 February 2020 at the Royal Albert Hall. The ceremony will be hosted by Graham Norton and will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One, BBC One HD and BBC iPlayer. The ceremony is also broadcast in all major territories around the world. On the night, will feature red carpet highlights, photography and winner’s interviews, as well as dedicated coverage on its social channels including Facebook (/BAFTA), Twitter (@BAFTA / #EEBAFTAs) and Instagram.

For further information, please contact: 
Kerry McGlone at freuds
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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is a world-leading independent arts charity that brings the very best work in film, games and television to public attention and supports the growth of creative talent in the UK and internationally. Through its Awards ceremonies and year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – which includes workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the UK, USA and Asia – BAFTA identifies and celebrates excellence, discovers, inspires and nurtures new talent, and enables learning and creative collaboration. For advice and inspiration from the best creative minds in working in film, games and television, visit For more, visit