Festival film director in line for BAFTA

Tina Gharavi and the lead actors from 'I Am Nasrine'
Tina Gharavi and the lead actors from 'I Am Nasrine'

THE director of a film which received rave reviews when it premiered at the 2011 Berwick Film Festival has been nominated for a BAFTA.

The nominations for the annual awards were announced this morning at BAFTA HQ by actors Jeremy Irvine and Alice Eve and amongst the nominess was Tina Gharavi, director of ‘I Am Nasrine’.

The film was first seen by audiences at the opening gala of the 7th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival before screening at the Houses of Parliament in London, and at film festivals worldwide over the past 16 months. The film also won the Best Screenplay Award at Brooklyn Film Festival.

South Shields based Tina has been nominated for Outstanding Debut by a British writer, director or producer alongside the debut talents behind such titles as ‘The Imposter’ and ‘The Muppets’.

The film is an intimate coming-of-age story following Nasrine and her brother Ali, as they flee their home in Tehran and set out to make another in the north east of England. Tina has described I Am Nasrine, as a “love song to the North East.”

Tina, together with her producers, cast and crew came to the World Premiere at Berwick Film Festival, where it was presented to a full house at The Maltings Theatre & Cinema.

Festival Director Melanie Iredale said: “I remember how proud we were to premiere I Am Nasrine at the 2011 Festival and how overwhelming the round of applause was when Tina and her cast and crew took to the stage afterwards.

“A BAFTA nomination is an incredible achievement, and Tina’s couldn’t be more well-deserved.”

The news comes only three days after one of the Festival’s commissions from last year’s event, A Live Road Movie in Super8 and Sound, toured to the prestigious London Short Film Festival for a sell-out performance.

The 66th British Academy Film Awards will take place at the Royal Opera House in London on February 10.