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“For Sama” takes top honors at British Independent Film Awards ’19

Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts’ For Sama was named the best British Independent Film at the 22nd British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), held Sunday (Dec. 1). For Sama (pictured), the first documentary to earn ...
December 2, 2019

Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts’ For Sama was named the best British Independent Film at the 22nd British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), held Sunday (Dec. 1).

For Sama (pictured), the first documentary to earn the distinction, also secured wins for Best Director, Best Documentary and Best Editing at the ceremony.

From ITN Productions, the film tells the story of al-Kateab’s life through five years of war in Aleppo, Syria, as she navigates marriage and motherhood. It most recently took home the Audience Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).

BIFA’s Raindance Discovery Award went to Zara Balfour and Marcu Stephenson’s documentary Children of the Snow Land, about children born in the high Himalayas of Nepal who spend more than 10 years in schools away from their parents before making the long and dangerous trek back home.

Amanda Nevill, the outgoing CEO of the British Film Institute, was presented the Special Jury Prize. Nevill was praised for her “openness, deep personal involvement in her work and determination to involve filmmakers in all aspects of BFI’s strategies and activities.”

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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