Two London Film School graduates have been included on this year’s BIFA Awards’ prestigious New Talent longlist; Rafael Kapelinski and Ben Caird.

LFS Filmmaking Masters alumnus, Rafael Kapelinski, is included in the longlist for The Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director) for BUTTERFLY KISSES (2017, 1h 29min).

MA Filmmaking alumnus Ben Caird’s film HALFWAY (2017, 1h 43min) is included in the longlist for The Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director) and the Best Debut Screenwriter


The British Independent Film Awards highlight and reward the best, most innovative and creative independent filmmaking and filmmakers in the UK. We identify and encourage emerging talent, support and celebrate the independent film community and promote British film and talent to the public.

Each year, the BIFA voters, made up of the Screening Group and Nomination Committee, view the 250+ entered films. After a rigorous discussion-based selection process the long list and nominations are decided by confidential vote.

All nominated films are then viewed by an independent jury, newly appointed each year, and not involved in the nominations process. This jury, comprised of leading professionals and talent from the British film industry, meet to discuss all the nominated films and the winners are decided by secret ballot. Once these ballots have been counted and validated, the winners are announced at The British Independent Film Awards.

BIFA 2017 nominations will be announced by Maisie Williams and Hayley Squires on Wednesday 1st November.

The winners will be unveiled at the ceremony on Sunday 10 December at Old Billingsgate, which will mark the 20th anniversary of the awards.