BAFTA Short Film winners and nominees from the last few decades.

The Black Cop by Cherish Oteka (2021) (UK) (18m)

The Black Cop won the BAFTA for Best Short Film. It tells the story of Gamal Turawa, a gay black man who singed up for the for Met Police, which has been dogged by racism and homophobia. Turawa explores his career through the prism of three events: the resistance to racial profiling and the consequently oppressive policing, the push for LGBT rights and the African farming scandal, where white families took care of black children without oversight from local authorities. I haven't really got much to add.

73 Cows by Alex Lockwood (2018) (UK) (15m)

The documentary 73 Cows won the Best Short Film BAFTA in 2019. It tells the story of Jay Wilde, a cattle farmer who finds taking his cows to slaughter to be "soul-destroying" having realised that they are in fact sentient beings. As a vegan, I admire its sentiments but do also wonder why it took him so longer to work out what he is doing is wrong. It is very unusual for a documentary to win the BAFTA. It is certainly well made with some lovely cinematography, and sweet, but why it was considered worthy of the BAFTA is harder to know.

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Cowboy Dave by Colin O'Toole (2017) (UK) (25m)

Cowboy Dave won the BAFTA in 2018. Set in a deprived area of Manchester, it sees a teenage wannabe hustler befriend a chain-smoking, verbose drifter called Dave who thought he was destined for musical greatness. When a debt collector arrives with his violent, axe-toting righthand man, it is unclear whether Dave can talk his way out of the debt or talk his way into trouble. As the debt appears to be for only £5, it would seem unlikely that the debt collector would resort to any serious violence.

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