BAFTA announces Ten Shortlisted Films for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

Buzz, Film, TV

 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)


Leave a Reply