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BAFTA-Nominated Shorts to Screen Online and in Cinemas



‘BAFTA Shorts Presented by Curzon’ will be at showing at selected cinemas and available to watch online from February.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced today that audiences across the UK and overseas will be able to watch this year’s BAFTA-nominated short films online and in cinemas from 6 February 2018 through an exclusive partnership with Curzon.

The eight nominated films, which were chosen by a BAFTA jury of leading industry figures, represent the best of British short filmmaking, and showcase innovative and exciting British talent. The winners, as voted for by the wider BAFTA membership, will be announced at the EE British Academy Film Awards on 18 February at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

For a second year, the package of live action and animated shorts will be available to watch exclusively on Curzon Home Cinema, the video on-demand service. This year, through an expanded partnership, Curzon will also exclusively exhibit the eight nominated films in selected cinemas nationally, with exclusive Q&A sessions with the filmmakers taking place at selected screenings. The British Council will also tour the films internationally through its global network.

To mark the launch of ‘BAFTA Shorts Presented by Curzon’ a special premiere of the eight films will take place at the Curzon Bloomsbury on 6 February and will be open to the public. To book tickets, visit:

Previous BAFTA shorts nominees and winners have gone on to receive wider industry recognition for feature-length projects, including directors Paddy Considine (Tyrannosaur), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards, In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths), Chris Morris (Four Lions), Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy), Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice), David Yates (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2) and producer Mark Herbert (This Is England). This year writer-director Rungano Nyoni, who was nominated for Short Film in 2012 for Mwansa The Great, has received the nomination for Outstanding Debut for her feature I Am Not a Witch.

Tim Hunter, Director of Learning and New Talent at BAFTA, said: “Short film is an important way for new talent to hone their craft and gain recognition, and so BAFTA Shorts is a great way for audiences to discover filmmakers whilst their star is in the ascendant. We’re particularly happy that this year’s nominees include two previous winners as well as someone who was mentored as part of a scheme with the BFI’s Flare Festival. Each of these filmmakers brings a unique and original perspective to the craft of filmmaking and we look forward to sharing their vision with audience in the UK and around the world.”

Damian Spandley, Director of Programme at Curzon, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the BAFTA Shorts once again this year. The nominees show the breadth and depth of talent among our emerging filmmakers. We hope film lovers embrace the chance to watch these excellent films either at our cinemas or on Curzon Home Cinema”

To book tickets to the premiere screening of the BAFTA-nominated shorts at Curzon Bloomsbury visit:

To watch the BAFTA-nominated shorts online from Tuesday 6 February, visit Curzon Home Cinema:

For venues and showtimes of screenings, and to watch the BAFTA Shorts 2017 trailer, visit the BAFTA website:

Interviews with the nominated filmmakers will be available on BAFTA Guru (, BAFTA’s online learning channel.

The EE British Academy Film Awards will take place on Sunday 18 February at the Royal Albert Hall in London.


The nominated shorts in the BAFTA Shorts 2018 programme:


HAVE HEART Will Anderson

MAMOON Ben Steer

POLES APART Paloma Baeza, Ser En Low



AAMIR Vika Evdokimenko, Emma Stone, Oliver Shuster

COWBOY DAVE Colin O’Toole, Jonas Mortensen

A DROWNING MAN Mahdi Fleifel, Signe Byrge Sørensen, Patrick Campbell

WORK Aneil Karia, Scott O’Donnell

WREN BOYS Harry Lighton, Sorcha Bacon, John Fitzpatrick

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Guillermo del Toro to Direct Stop Motion Pinocchio for Netflix



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Fresh off his Oscar win for “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro is set to make his animated feature film directing debut. Del Toro has received the green light from Netflix to film “Pinocchio,” a stop motion musical version of the classic children’s tale about a puppet who wants to be a real live boy. He will write and produce the film in addition to directing it.

According to Variety, The film will be set in Italy during the 1930’s, a particularly fraught historical moment and a time when fascism was on the rise and Benito Mussolini was consolidating control of the country. Production on “Pinocchio” will begin this fall. Del Toro previously set “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth” against a totalitarian backdrop, although he placed those stories in Franco’s Spain.

“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio,” said del Toro in a statement. “In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember.”

Del Toro previously collaborated with Netflix on its Emmy award-winning television series “Trollhunters,” the first installment of the DreamWorks’ Tales of Arcadia trilogy. The next chapter, “3Below,” is set to debut on in December and it will be followed by “Wizards” in 2019. He created the upcoming Netflix horror anthology series, “Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight.” Del Toro’s other credits include “Crimson Peak” and “Pan’s Labyrinth.”

The project comes as Netflix is investing heavily in children’s entertainment — a move that will be increasingly important as Disney prepares to launch its own streaming service. To that end, the company has backed the likes of “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” along with upcoming series such as “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” and “Gabby’s Dollhouse.”

Del Toro will collaborate on “Pinocchio” with the Jim Henson Company, the company behind “The Dark Crystal” and ShadowMachine, the creator of “Bojack Horseman.” Lisa Henson, ShadowMachine’s Alex Bulkley, Corey Campodonico, and Gary Ungar of Exile Entertainment will produce the film. Blanca Lista will co-produce it.

Patrick McHale (“Over The Garden Wall”) will co-write the script, and Mark Gustafson (“Fantastic Mr. Fox”) will co-direct the movie. Guy Davis will serve as co-production designer and the film’s puppets will be built by Mackinnon and Saunders, the team behind “Corpse Bride.”

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Aquaman Director Teases Two Of The Film’s Creatures, And Gosh They Look Silly



So, Aquaman is a film that’s coming out. It feels like, as a culture, the general cinema-going public still hasn’t quite acclimated to the idea that an Aquaman film is just two months away. Like, y’know, a film about Aquaman. Aquaman.

One person looking to change that general perception is director James Wan, who shared new glimpses at some of the film’s mounted ocean creatures and… oh good lord, just look at them.

Click through to get an even-higher resolution look at what’s to come, but as you can see there’s a saddle-mounted hammerhead shark, and a tylosaurus (a sort-of prehistoric crocodile). Yeah.

Aquaman is due out on the 14th of December, rated 12A, and stars Jason Momoa as the titular rightful ruler of Atlantis. As the film’s PR campaign ramps up, WB released a five-minute extended trailer just a few weeks ago, which you can check out here.

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Halloween Scores Series-Best Opening, As Venom Crosses $450m Worldwide



Jamie Lee Curtis’ rebootquel Halloween scored a domestic opening of $77.5 million this weekend, after an impressive $27.2M Saturday. Not only does that easily make it the best US opening for John Carpenter’s four-decade old franchise, but it also solidifies it as the second-best opening ever for the month of October behind Sony’s Venom, which netted $80.2M just a few weeks ago.

Speaking of Venom, the critically-derided, audience-adored antihero flick starring Tom Hardy took another $18 million in the US this week, and a further $32 million internationally, taking the film’s global total to a staggering $460.2 million – for perspective, that’s bottom-end MCU money, beating out titles like Thor ($449.3m), Captain America: The First Avenger ($370.6m) and The Incredible Hulk ($263.4m), and gaining on films like Ant-Man ($519.3m) and the original Iron Man ($585.2m). Venom is still yet to open in China and Japan.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ smash-hit musical drama A Star Is Born is still raking in the dough. Star/director Bradley Cooper’s feature, which has garnered a big push in ticket sales from the successful stunt-casting of Lady Gaga as the secondary lead, brought its tally up to $201 million internationally this week, and looks set to continue hanging on at the box office despite fierce October competition.

All three films are in UK cinemas now, with Venom and A Star Is Born both rated 15, and Halloween rather expectedly rated 18.

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