Tuesday, 1 November 2016


A healthy and diverse offering from the British Independent Film Awards, displaying the talent that abounds in the British film industry today, making low-budget but high-impact features that court renown the world over. I, Daniel Blake leads with an impressive seven nominations, while Adult Life Skills, American Honey and a favourite of mine, horror debut Under the Shadow (the U.K.'s official Foreign Language Film Oscar entry), follow closely with six each. I'm also very pleased to see a strong showing for Notes on Blindness, joining Shadow as one of two first features up for the top award. Truly a selection with something for everyone! Award winners are due to be announced at BIFA's London ceremony on the 4th of December. Check out all the nominees just below.

Best British Independent Film
American Honey
Couple in a Hole
I, Daniel Blake
Notes on Blindness
Under the Shadow

Best Director
Babak Anvari (Under the Shadow)
Andrea Arnold (American Honey)
Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake)
Peter Middleton and James Spinney (Notes on Blindness)
Ben Wheatley (Free Fire)

Best Actor
Steve Brandon (My Feral Heart)
Michael Fassbender (Trespass Against Us)
Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake)
Shia LaBeouf (American Honey)
Max Records (I Am Not a Serial Killer)

Best Actress
Kate Dickie (Couple in a Hole)
Sasha Lane (American Honey)
Narges Rashidi (Under the Shadow)
Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake)
Jodie Whittaker (Adult Life Skills)

Best Supporting Actor
Jamie Dornan (Anthropoid)
Brett Goldstein (Adult Life Skills)
Sean Harris (Trespass Against Us)
Arinze Kene (The Pass)
Christopher Lloyd (I Am Not a Serial Killer)

Best Supporting Actress
Gemma Arterton (The Girl with All the Gifts)
Naomie Harris (Our Kind of Traitor)
Avin Manshadi (Under the Shadow)
Terry Pheto (A United Kingdom)
Shana Swash (My Feral Heart)

Best Screenplay
Babak Anvari (Under the Shadow)
Andrea Arnold (American Honey)
Christopher Hyde and Billy O'Brien (I Am Not a Serial Killer)
Paul Laverty (I, Daniel Blake)
Rachel Tunnard (Adult Life Skills)

Outstanding Achievement in Craft
Shaheen Baig (Free Fire) - casting
Seb Baker (The Girl with All the Gifts) - visual effects
Paul Monaghan and Mat Whitecross (Supersonic) - editing
Robbie Ryan (American Honey) - cinematography
Joakim Sundstrom (Notes on Blindness) - sound

Best Documentary
The Confession: Living the War on Terror
The Hard Stop
Notes on Blindness
Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach

Best International Independent Film
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Manchester by the Sea
Toni Erdmann

Best Breakthrough Producer
Michael Berliner (Adult Life Skills)
Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison and Steve Jamison (Notes on Blindness)
Paul Fegan (Where You're Meant to Be)
Camille Gatin (The Girl with All the Gifts)
Dionne Walker (The Hard Stop)

The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director
Babak Anvari (Under the Shadow)
Alice Lowe (Prevenge)
Peter Middleton and James Spinney (Notes on Blindness)
Adam Smith (Trespass Against Us)
Rachel Tunnard (Adult Life Skills)

Most Promising Newcomer
Steve Brandon (My Feral Heart)
Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake)
Sennia Nanua (The Girl with All the Gifts)
Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake)
Letitia Wright (Urban Hymn)

Best Debut Screenwriter
Julian Barratt and and Simon Farnaby (Mindhorn)
John Cairns and Michael McCartney (A Patch of Fog)
Hope Dickson Leach (The Levelling)
Ed Talfan (The Passing)
Rachel Tunnard (Adult Life Skills)