Posted on January 31, 2012 at 6:58 am

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BAFTA supports emerging new talents!

Latitude, the only UK festival to offer a truly pan-cultural experience to visitors who want a total arts experience that encompasses theatre, literature, dance, comedy, film, fashion, and poetry along with live bands is proud to announce that BAFTA will premiere two short-form films by emerging British directors!

BAFTA has partnered with the festival for the past six years and during this time it has presented film screenings and Q&As with some of the leading talents in the industry.  This relationship was further developed to extend BAFTA’s involvement with Latitude in 2011.  Both of their shared goals were established to support new filmmakers like Sameer Patel and Caroline Bridges.

The two emerging talents were given the opportunity to create a short-form documentary charting the preparations and performances of an artist of their choice!  While doing so, they had the chance to work with BAFTA-winning filmmaker Beryl Richards who was the Executive Producer on the project.

She Want Soul by Sameer Patel and Knife Edge by Caroline Bridges will be shown at the BAFTA’s Run Run Shaw Theatre, London, in front of an invited audience.  They’ll also be taking pride of place in the line-up for Latitude’s Film & Music Arena in 2012.

In She Want Soul, visual poet Sabrina Mahfouz is presented in a unique and compelling way, shot similarly to a music promo. Sabrina is captured writing and performing as the vivid characters she creates.

Knife Edge focuses on Lost Dog, as they prepare to perform their show, It Needs Horses, to a festival audience. Their rehearsal schedule is tight, the props have been left behind and the anxiety of putting the show on is palpable. As the company face these challenges, the performance becomes a creative interpretation of their anxiety dreams.

BAFTA and Festival Republic are continuing their collaboration with further activities planned for 2012, due to be announced in the Spring!