The BFI has announced the programme of 45 short films that have been selected to screen in the 14th edition of the BFI Future Film Festival, which will take place online from 18-21 February 2021. The films, which will all be available to watch for free on BFI Player during the Festival (UK only), are eligible for the BFI Future Film Festival Awards, supported by Netflix. 3 of the 10 Awards will be judged by an esteemed Festival Jury chaired by Number 9 Films’ Elizabeth Karlsen, alongside activist and filmmaker Waad Al-Kateab (FOR SAMA), broadcaster and filmmaker Reggie Yates (BBC3 EXTREME SERIES) and actors Daisy Edgar-Jones (NORMAL PEOPLE) and Malachi Kirby (MANGROVE).
Award-nominees across ten categories will be in the running for prize money totalling more than £10,000 and further mentorships from industry leaders – the winners will be revealed at the BFI Future Film Festival 2021 Awards Ceremony supported by Netflix, which will take place virtually on 21 February. This year’s Festival, which is aimed at aspiring filmmakers aged 16-25, is completely free of charge, thanks to support from Julia and Hans Rausing, enabling young people from every corner of the UK, and across the world, to benefit from masterclasses and talks from the best in the business. Full details of the events programme (which will be available globally) will be announced on 29 January.
This year’s programme of 45 shorts made by young filmmakers aged 16-25 are an extraordinary collection of films that tackle a broad range of subjects, from race, disability and sexuality to friendship and fandom, as well as some nods to the pandemic. These films, which are all available to watch for free on BFI Player from 18-21 February (UK only), all display phenomenal skill and creativity and no doubt feature many future stars of the film industry, both in the UK and internationally.
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