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2024 BFI Future Film Festival Reveals Program and Nominees

A selection of 55 short films will screen including 5 nominated for Best Animation; the event runs in-person and online February 15-18. 

The BFI Future Film Festival 2024 returns February 15–18, both in-person at BFI Southbank and online. The event, the U.K.’s largest festival for young, emerging filmmakers, is presented in collaboration with BFI Film Academy partners and will feature masterclasses, workshops, screenings, and networking.

BFI award nominations include 55 short films selected to screen as part of the BFI Future Film Festival 2024, including five films nominated for Best Animation:

  • Appetite (Peiying Wang, 2023) explores the link between food and sex, and the conflict between instinct and social discipline, while a man and woman eat together at a restaurant.
  • Bird Drone (Radheya Jegatheva, 2023) follows a lonely seagull looking for love, who struggles to accept that his newfound object of affection is a human-operated drone with limited battery life.
  • Making It Up (Alice Guymer, 2023) weaves together themes of consumerism, standards of beauty and social media as we follow the grim lengths one girl will go to in order to be pretty.
  • Pills! Pills! Pills! (Kate Saltel, 2023) follows shy intern Lobster Lobster, who struggles to keep up during their first day at a pharmaceutical company in this frenetic and fun animation.
  • To The Brink (Hugo Docking, 2023) is a violent stop-motion cabaret for the cynical and depraved which shows how guilt, alcoholic apathy and the apocalypse threaten to push a man to the brink.

Festival events are programmed across three strands: Storytelling, Business of Film, and Career Ladder and feature a lineup of industry experts and screen creatives leading sessions, both online and in-person. The complete program is available here.

Source: BFI Future Film Festival

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