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Making its International Premiere at the renowned SXSW in 2021 for “Best Narrative Short” was enough of a debut for “Play It Safe” on the festival circuit. However, by picking up the “Grand Jury Award” and “Audience Award” in Austin, it is the first British film to collect both prizes in the past decade. Setting a precedent for its success over the next year, its anticipated official UK Premiere will launch at the prestigious BFI London Film Festival 2021. “Play It Safe" has gained international recognition for its powerful narrative, strong direction and striking lead performance by Jonathan Ajayi (BBC's Noughts & Crosses).


Personally curated by Barry Jenkins as part of the selective programme for Telluride Film Festival this year, "Play It Safe" has shown no signs of slowing down, with the film being selected, screened and collecting accolades across numerous celebrated festivals.  It has been exhibited to audiences attending   Aesthetica, Palm Springs ShortFest, San Diego ShortsFest, Flatpack Film Festival, deadCenter Film Festival, Crested Butte Film Festival, Indy Shorts International Film Festival, Bolton Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Indie Street Film Festival, Stockholm International Film Festival and Leeds International Film Festival. The accumulation of which makes the film now both BAFTA and Academy Award qualifying. The film has now begun it's official Oscar campaign working with Catherine Lyn Scott of FlairPR, whose previous successes have led to 5 wins and 12 nominations across both awards.




SXSW - "Jury Award"
SXSW - "Audience Award"
San Diego ShortsFest - "Jury Award"

deadCenter - "Best Live Action Short"

Crested Butte - "Best Narrative Short"

Indie Street - "Narrative Special Jury Award for Jonathan's performance"


BFI LFF - Official Selection
Telluride - Official Selection
ASFF - Official Selection
LIFF - Official Selection
Palm Springs ShortFest - Official Selection
Flatpack - Official Selection
Bolton Film Festival - Official Selection
Stockholm International Film Festival - Official Selection

Nashville Film Festival - Official Selection
Indy Shorts - Official Selection

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