It's a good year for BSLBT at the upcoming Deaffest 2013 with many of its films nominated for awards at its fourth Film Gala Awards.

Many of the nominated films are from Zoom and Zoom Focus, a scheme run by BSLBT and Neath Films between 2010-2012 to give up-and-coming filmmakers the opportunity to direct their own short film.

It’s a full BSLBT house in the best British film category: Zoom films September 11 and Strangers and Zoom Focus films The End and Confession are up against Still Here and Champion of the World.

Who Cares?, which is premiering at the festival, is up for best documentary alongside Punk Chef, another Zoom film, Crossing the Divide, and 300 SECS. 

Two Australian films, Here in Silence and Jacob’s Story, Identidad from Spain and Swedish film Frequency have been shortlisted for best international film.

Battling it out for the best actress award are Aliya Gulamani who played the lead in September 11, Rebecca-Anne Withey, the love interest in Life Out There, newcomer Rebecca Zeljic who played an young athlete in Champion of the World and Sophie Stone, nominated for her role in Confession.

Up for best actor are Alex Nowak, who is the ambassador for Young Deaffest, and Terry Edwards, for their roles in The End, William Grint who played the lead in Strangers and Hal Draper, nominated posthumously for his role in Still Here.

Camilla Arnold is the sole documentary director nominated for best director – she is up against Bim Ajadi who directed Champion of the World, Still Here’s Louis Neethling, who won a Film Gala Award for Coming Out in 2007, and Ted Evans, whose Ben Steiner film will be premiering at the festival, nominated for The End.

The Film Gala Awards will be taking place during Deaffest 2013, organised by Zebra-Uno in partnership with the Light House (where the festival takes place) and Wolverhampton University. Deaffest 2013 is on between 17-19 May at the Light House, Wolverhampton and entry is free. Tickets are however needed for the Film Gala Awards, on 18 May at 8pm – they can be bought on the Deaffest website.