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First Feature Competition

The Sutherland Award recognises the most original and imaginative directorial debut.

B For BoyB For Boy

Chika Anadu’s elegant realist drama questions Nigeria’s gender divide as middle-class Amaka resorts to desperate measures after a miscarriage.

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Hide Your Smiling FacesHide Your Smiling Faces

A powerfully arresting debut – a singular take on the coming of age tale that is at once genuinely poetic and devoid of sentiment.

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Ilo IloIlo Ilo

When an affluent working couple in late-1990s Singapore employ a live-in maid, financial crisis and home truths are just around the corner.

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Kill Your DarlingsKill Your Darlings

Daniel Radcliffe shines as the young Allen Ginsberg in this fresh and vibrant take on the early days of the Beat Generation.

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The Long Way HomeThe Long Way Home

A frost-bitten, gruelling World War I survival story set amid the mountains of Eastern Anatolia as Turkish troops retreat and trust runs out.

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A sophisticatedly austere and oblique debut that builds to a grimly impressive dénouement.

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A fresh take on the Mafia thriller, as a hit man takes a blind girl hostage.

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Sarah Prefers to RunSarah Prefers to Run

Actor Sophie Desmarais breathes humour and pathos into a portrait of a young woman’s quest for self determination. A meticulous debut.

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Rob Brown assembles a cast of new British talent for his striking debut – a beautifully realised take on the British urban thriller.

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Trap StreetTrap Street

Vivian Qu’s stunning debut tackles China’s ominous new surveillance culture through the story of a romance abruptly derailed by a boy’s disappearance.

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This striking debut by Blancanieves editor, Fernando Franco, follows ambulance driver Ana as she struggles with a devastating personality disorder.

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Two teenage boys come up with a dangerous plan to help their family out of financial crisis in this morally complex thriller.

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