BAFTA: ‘For Sama,’ ‘Blue Story’ on Short List for Outstanding Debut by British Talent

Ahead of its nominations announcement next month, BAFTA has unveiled the 10 films short-listed for the category of outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer.

The listed works include “For Sama,” a portrait of a Syrian mother’s experience of her country’s civil war, and “Blue Story,” the story of two youths caught up in a South London gang war. “For Sama,” co-directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, recently cleaned up at the British Independent Film Awards, winning the prize for best British independent film, while “Blue Story,” the directorial debut of YouTube rap star Rapman, has been in the news because of some theaters’ temporary decision to yank the film because of violence surrounding its screenings.

Other short-listed titles include “Maiden,” director Alex Holmes’ documentary about an all-female crew on an around-the-world yacht race, and “The Party’s Just Beginning” from writer-director Karen Gillan, whose protagonist is
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