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The British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) — is an organisation that celebrates, supports and promotes British independent cinema and filmmaking talent in United Kingdom. Nominations for the annual awards ceremony are announced in early November, with the ceremony itself taking place in early December. The 2018 British Independent Film Award ceremony will be on December 1, 2018, 7:00 PM EST.

The longlists, which will be shaved down to five names in each category when the official nominations are unveiled on Oct. 31, show a strong female presence, particularly among the breakthrough producers, and feature a number of names that are already well established in the industry, including Rupert Everett, Karen Gillan and Bart Layton.

The 2018 BIFA ceremony — the 21st anniversary of the awards — will take place on Dec. 2 at Old Billingsgate in London.


  • 1 Olivia Colman in ‘The Favourite’ ( Fox Searchlight ) BIFA?
  • 2 British Independent Film Awards Launches ‘Unconscious Bias’ Training Program
  • 3 British Independent Film Awards History.
  • 4 British Independent Film Awards BIFA Ceremony.
  • 5 Favourite British Independent Film Awards Nominations.
    • 5.1 Best British Independent Film
    • 5.2 Best Director
    • 5.3 Best Screenplay
    • 5.4 Best Actress
    • 5.5 Best Actor
    • 5.6 Best Supporting Actress
    • 5.7 Best Supporting Actor
    • 5.8 Most Promising Newcomer
    • 5.9 The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director)
    • 5.10 Debut Screenwriter
    • 5.11 Breakthrough Producer
    • 5.12 The Discovery Award
    • 5.13 Best Documentary
    • 5.14 Best British Short Film
    • 5.15 Best International Independent Film

Olivia Colman in ‘The Favourite’ ( Fox Searchlight ) BIFA?

The Favourite leads the British Independent Film Awards nominees with 13 nominations, including best British independent film and leading actress for Olivia Colman.

Colman – who will soon take over from Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown – plays Queen Anne in the Yorgos Lanthimos-directed comedy-drama film, while Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz play two courtiers vying for her affection in an 18th century court. Both actors are also nominated in the supporting actress category.

Weisz has also been nominated for leading actress field for her role in Jewish drama Disobedience, alongside Gemma Arterton for The Escape, Jessie Buckley for Beast and Maxine Peake for Funny Cow.

Stone and Weisz are joined in the supporting actress category by Nina Arianda for Stan & Ollie, Rachel McAdams for Disobedience and Molly Wright for Apostasy.

Arianda’s co-star Steve Coogan has scored a best actor nomination for his performance as Stan Laurel. He will compete against Rupert Everett for The Happy Prince, Joe Cole for A Prayer Before Dawn, Joaquin Phoenix for You Were Never Really Here and Charlie Plummer for Lean On Pete.

Steve Buscemi is nominated in the supporting actor category for Lean on Pete, alongside Barry Keoghan and Evan Peters for American Animals, Alessandro Nivola for Disobedience and Dominic West for Colette.

Heist film American Animals picked up 11 nominations, followed closely by Beast with 10 and You Were Never Really Here with eight. All three are nominated for best British independent film, as is Disobedience.

Buckley and Wright are nominated in the most promising newcomer category, alongside Michaela Coel for Been So Long, Liv Hill for Jellyfish and Molly Wright for Apostasy.

British Independent Film Awards Launches ‘Unconscious Bias’ Training Program

With awards nominee lists under increasing scrutiny, the British Independent Film Awards is launching a first-of-its-kind “unconscious bias” training program. All BIFA voting members, including juries, committees and the board, will complete the training ahead of this year’s awards.

The program is designed to educate hundreds of industry professionals to recognize how unconscious bias may affect their voting decisions. It will address assumptions made about female directors and stories focused on women, and whether greater weight is accorded to senior industry figures.

The training, which is backed by the British Film Institute, will also cover the ways that comedy writing is considered less favorably than drama, how critical and commercial success affect voting, and whether people give greater weight to stories that reflect their own experiences.

BIFA said the program will help voters reflect on their subliminal assumptions. By end-2018, 400 filmmakers, actors, industry executives, and critics will have received the training. The program will sit alongside BIFA initiatives to encourage a wider voting pool and to ensure its eligibility criteria provide opportunities for filmmakers and professionals from a variety of backgrounds.

“God’s Own Country,” “Lady Macbeth” (Florence Pugh, pictured), and “The Death of Stalin” were among the winners at last years BIFAs. This year’s event takes place on December 2, in London.

British Independent Film Awards History.

The British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) were created in 1998 by Elliot Grove and Suzanne Ballantyne of the Raindance Film Festival, with the aim of celebrating merit and achievement in independently funded British filmmaking, honouring new talent and promoting British films and filmmaking to a wider public audience. BIFA founding members include Phillip Alberstat, Chris Auty, André Burgess, Sally Caplan, Pippa Cross, Christopher Fowler, Lora Fox Gamble, Steven Gaydos, Norma Heyman, Emma E. Hickox, Fred Hogge, Robert Jones, Steve Kenis, Alberto Lopez, Ollie Madden, Hamish McAlpine, Neil McCartney, Saul Metzstein, Martin Myers, Sarah Radclyffe, Tracey Scoffield, Mark Shivas, Jim Wilson, and Michiyo Yoshizaki.

The first BIFA ceremony took place on 29 October 1998. Winners included Ken Loach (for My Name is Joe), Shane Meadows (for Twentyfour Seven) and Ray Winstone (for Nil by Mouth). The Special Jury Prize was awarded to Nik Powell, and the Best British Independent Film award went to My Name is Joe.

British Independent Film Awards BIFA Ceremony.

The BIFA ceremony takes place in early December every year and is one of the first dates in the annual awards season. Most of the awards categories are for British independent feature films only, though there are awards for Best International Independent Film and Best British Short Film. There are also several honorary awards, such as the Special Jury Prize, the Richard Harris Award and the Variety Award.

Favourite British Independent Film Awards Nominations.

The film earned 13 mentions, followed by 11 for ‘American Animals,’ as organizers noted a “record year for female representation.”

Best British Independent Film

American Animals
The Favourite
You Were Never Really Here

Best Director

Andrew Haigh, Lean on Pete
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
Bart Layton, American Animals
Michael Pearce, Beast
Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here

Best Screenplay

Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite
Sebastian Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Disobedience
Bart Layton, American Animals
Michael Pearce, Beast
Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here

Best Actress

Gemma Arterton, The Escape
Jessie Buckley, Beast
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Maxine Peake, Funny Cow
Rachel Weisz, Disobedience

Best Actor

Joe Cole, A Prayer Before Dawn
Steve Coogan, Stan & Ollie
Rupert Everett, The Happy Prince
Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here
Charlie Plummer, Lean on Pete

Best Supporting Actress

Nina Arianda, Stan & Ollie
Rachel McAdams, Disobedience
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
Molly Wright, Apostasy

Best Supporting Actor

Steve Buscemi, Lean on Pete
Barry Keoghan, American Animals
Alessandro Nivola, Disobedience
Evan Peters, American Animals
Dominic West, Colette

Most Promising Newcomer

Jessie Buckley, Beast
Michaela Coel, Been So Long
Liv Hill, Jellyfish
Marcus Rutherford, Obey
Molly Wright, Apostasy

The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director)

Richard Billingham, Ray & Liz
Daniel Kokotajlo, Apostasy
Matt Palmer, Calibre
Michael Pearce, Beast
Leanne Welham, Pili

Debut Screenwriter

Karen Gillan, The Party’s Just Beginning
Daniel Kokotajlo, Apostasy
Bart Layton, American Animals
Matt Palmer, Calibre
Michael Pearce, Beast

Breakthrough Producer

Kristian Brodie, Beast
Jacqui Davies, Ray & Liz
Anna Griffin, Calibre
Marcie MacLellan, Apostasy
Faye Ward, Stan & Ollie

The Discovery Award

The Dig, Andy Tohill, Ryan Tohill, Stuart Drennan, Brian J. Falconer
Irene’s Ghost, Iain Cunningham, Rebecca Mark-Lawson, David Arthur, Ellie Land
A Moment in the Reeds, Mikko Makela, James Watson
Super November, Douglas King, Josie Long
Voyageuse, May Miles Thomas

Best Documentary

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story, Steve Sullivan
Evelyn, Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara
Island, Steven Eastwood and Elhum Shakerifar
Nae Pasaran, Felipe Bustos Sierra
Under the Wire, Christopher Martin and Tom Brisley

Best British Short Film

The Big Day, Dawn Shadforth, Kellie Smith, Michelle Stein
Bitter Sea, Fateme Ahmadi, Emma Parsons
The Field, Sandhya Suri, Balthazar de Ganay, Thomas Bidegain
Pommel, Paris Zarcilla, Sebastian Brown, Ivan Kelava
To Know Him, Ted Evans, Kellie Smith, Jennifer Monks, Michelle Stein

Best International Independent Film

Capernaum, Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily, Michelle Keserwani, Khaled Mouzanar,
Michel Merkt
Cold War, Pawel Pawlikowski, Janusz Glowacki, Ewa Puszczynska, Tanya Seghatchian
The Rider, Chloe Zhao, Mollye Asher, Sacha Ben Harroche, Bert Hamelinck
Roma, Alfonso Cuaron, Nicolas Celis, Gabriela Rodriguez
Shoplifters, Hirokazu Koreeda

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