A film, which received its world premiere in Berwick-upon-Tweed in 2011, has gone on to be nominated for the 2013 British Academy Film Awards.
I Am Nasrine 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 sixteen months. The film also won the Best Screenplay Award at Brooklyn Film Festival.
Today, writer / director Tina Gharavi, based in South Shields, has been nominated for outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer for I Am Nasrine, 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 said today, “Screening at Berwick and making it to BAFTA is a win-win. It means that films can find their platform in many ways. It's been a wild ride and Berwick was a big part of that. We loved showing it to audiences up North and it was their reaction and praise that gave me belief in this film. That and the loving care that Melanie and the Berwick team gave us".
Tina, together with her producers, cast and crew came to the World Premiere at the 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 10 February 2013.