Assil Khalifeh, Audio Visual Arts and Film student at Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) is now the third NDU student to get her film shortlisted for the prestigious British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards 2021. BAFTA, a world-leading independent arts charity formed in 1947 is the equivalent of the Academy Awards (The Oscars) in the United States of America (USA).
This is not NDU’s first debut in award ceremonies; similarly, Karel Malkoun (BA’16) and Edwin Beaino (BA’19), Radio and Television alumni, got their films shortlisted for the prestigious BAFTA Awards in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
It is a great privilege to be announced as one of this year's BAFTA awards for two reasons: Assil’s film was shortlisted, together with 60 other films among 680 film submissions from the worlds’ top film schools, not to mention that NDU was the only university from the Arab world to be nominated in the Live Action category.
With an academic direction from the Division of Audio Visual Arts (DAVA) and the Department of Media Studies in the Faculty of Humanities (FH), Edwin and Assil received the finest academic support in each phase of a film's production, from brainstorming to script execution and film promotion.
Check the shortlist for 2021 GSA BAFTA Student Awards: https://www.bafta.org/los-angeles/events-initiatives/news/shortlist-announced-for-2021-gsa-bafta-student-awards