Behind the scenes, before the nominations are announced on Tuesday, BIFA voters have watched thousands of hours of films to narrow down the field to just five. Over two rounds of voting and many hours of discussion, the Debut Director sub-group has slowly identified the best in the field of nearly 60 entries.
Before this year BIFA hasn’t revealed the long list of films, the stage just before the nominations. But this year BIFA and the Debut voters were so impressed with what they saw they wanted to share this list of twenty new voices.
Pippa Cross, chair of the sub-group, said that “There is so much potential and talent in this list, we had to share it. We want to congratulate all of these promising new filmmakers and let the future British film industry know that it is in safe hands. We will all be fascinated to see how these new directors develop and hone their crafts."
The award is presented as The Douglas Hickox Award, in honour of the director of Entertaining Mr Sloane, Theatre of Blood and Zulu Dawn.
The directors on the long list are: