A Scene from 'A Drowning Man' short movie - photo courtesy Cannes Film Festival Official Website
CAIRO – 21 January 2018: The short movie “A Drowning Man” is nominated for the Best British Short Film Award at the Academy of Film and Television Arts Award (BAFTA). “A Drowning Man” is the only Arab film in the 2018 nomination list announced by BAFTA.
The film revolves around a kid who is alone and far from his home.
He makes his way through a strange city looking for means to keep him well and safe. Surrounded by predators, the kid started to make compromises in order to survive.
Written and directed by Mahdi Fleifel, "A Drowning Man" stars Atef Alshafei, Jalal Qaniry, Mounir al-khateeb, 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.
The film is competing with four other films. The winners will be announced at the BAFTA closing ceremony that will be held on Sunday February 18.
The movie was first premiered in the Arab world at the Dubai International Film Festival and won the Best Muhr Short Film award. It also won the Silver Spike Award (Best Short Film) at the Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain.
"A Drowning Man" was the only Arab participation in the Short Films Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. It also participated in the Short Cuts Competition at the Toronto International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, and Odense International Film Festival.
BAFTA is a world-leading independent arts charity and one of the most important film awards around the world; BAFTA is held annually honoring creative works in film, TV and animation.