During this year’s BFI London Film Festival, we gave three crews of 18-24-year-olds the amazing opportunity to write, produce, film and edit their own short films with the BFI Film Academy and O2, inspired by the rally-cry of new film Suffragette ‘The time is now’.

Our chosen 24 young filmmakers had their work premiered at the festival yesterday, before an exclusive screening of Suffragette. We were incredibly impressed by the standard of the work they produced – especially as they only had one week to create their films!

These are the three short films they made…


An intimate insight into the differing lives of two teenage friends, Grace follows two young girls’ contrasting morning routines and depicts the unknown challenges one of them faces in her daily life as a young carer.

The Time is Now

How far would you go to help a stranger in need? The Time is Now explores the importance of kindness.

Middle Passage

Middle Passage depicts two young refugees, Fartuun and her younger sister Amal, at a refugee camp in Europe known as ‘The Pit’. Trying desperately to get in contact with her mother back home, Fartuun leaves voicemails which reveal the devastating truth.

And here’s a ‘behind the scenes’ video of how the three films were made…

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