The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has revealed the 2018 nominations which includes one Arab film, A Drowning Man by director Mahdi Fleifel. The film is nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best British Short Film competing with other four films. The winners will be announced within the awards ceremony that will be held on Sunday, February 18.
With an Arab world premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) A Drowning Man won the Best Muhr Short Film award. The award qualifies the film for consideration for the 2019 Academy Awards for Best Live Action Short Film.
A Drowning Man was the only Arab participation in the Short Films Competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
The films is about a young man who is alone and far from home and as he makes his way through a strange city looking for the means to get through his day, he is surrounded by predators and he is forced to make compromises to survive.
Written and directed by Mahdi Fleifel, A Drowning Man stars Atef Alshafei, Jalal Qaniry, Mounir Alkhateeb, Rebih El-Saleous, and Thymios Koukios. It is produced by Final Cut for Real, Nakba Film Works, and distributed by MAD Solutions in the Arab world, while Salaud Morisset is handling the film’s world sales.