A film which won the Bombay Sapphire film competition has been nominated for an award at this month’s EE BAFTA film awards.
In 2012, Bombay Sapphire launched a global film competition called Imagination Series to uncover the next generation of budding filmmakers.
Entrants were asked interpret and build upon a script written by Academy Award winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, adding setting and stage directions to Fletcher’s script.
Room 8, the work of London filmmaker James W. Griffiths (pictured), was one of the competition’s winners and has now been nominated for a British Short Film Award at the 2014 BAFTAs.
The film’s nomination has earned the backing of Fletcher who said: “At a time when it’s difficult for new voices and creative visions to be realised within the film industry, it is fantastic James Griffiths has received recognition for his work by being nominated for a British Academy Film Award, in the category of British Short Film.
“When I got involved in the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series: Film Competition I was drawn to the idea of drafting one script that inspired creativity in others. To see James’s interpretation of my script become such a success is a real inspiration, I wish James the best of luck at the BAFTAs.”
Sponsored by EE, the British Academy Film Awards take place on Sunday 16 February at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.
The ceremony will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One and BBC One HD and hosted by Stephen Fry. There will also be the traditional red carpet show on BBC Three ahead of the ceremony.