Film / Indie Film

Winners Announced: Best British Independent Film Awards 2017! #BIFA2017

They’ve been having a great evening at the British Independent Film Awards tonight!

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and there were also been some fine winners from God’s Own Country to The Death of Stalin, to international winner Get Out – Check out their official release below with all the details you need:

God’s Own CountryLady Macbeth and The Death of Stalin were the big winners of the 2017 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) held at Old Billingsgate. 

God’s Own Country won four BIFAs: Best British Independent FilmJosh O’Connor took home Best Actor and Francis Lee was named Best Debut Screenwriter, plus the previously announced Best Sound award. 

Lady Macbeth added to its brace of awards announced earlier this month (Best Cinematography sponsored by Blackmagic Design and Best Costume Design) with trophies for Best Screenplay sponsored by BBC Films for Alice Birch, Best Actress sponsored by MAC  for Florence Pugh  and Most Promising Newcomer sponsored by The London EDITION for Naomie Ackie. 

Simon Russell Beale was named Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Death of Stalin, which had previously been awarded Best Production DesignBest Make Up & Hair Design and Best Casting. 

I Am Not a Witch won three awards on the night, Breakthrough Producer sponsored by Creativity Media for Emily Morgan and bothThe Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director) and Best Director for Rungano Nyoni. This is only the second time a director has won both awards (the last was in 2007; Anton Corbijn for Control).

Patricia Clarkson won the Best Supporting Actress award for The Party. 

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won two BIFAs – for Best Editing and Best Music sponsored by Universal Music Publishing Group. 

Almost Heaven, directed by Carol Salter, was named Best DocumentaryThe Discovery Award, sponsored by Raindance, went to In Another Life, the fictional story of a refugee set and shot in the jungle in Calais. 

The Best British Short Film award, supported by BFI NETWORK, was presented to Fish Story. 

The only category of the night open to non-UK films, Best International Independent Film sponsored by Champagne Taittinger, was won by Get Out and the award was collected by the film’s stars Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams. 

The Special Jury Prize was presented to Femi Oguns MBE, founder of Identity School of Acting and Identity Agency Group. The jury praised his trailblazing work in tackling the lack of diversity on screens and absence of opportunity for BAME talent. 

As previously announced Gary Oldman was presented The Variety Award by Kristin Scott Thomas in recognition of the global impact he has made throughout his career as an icon of British film and filmmaking. The Richard Harris Award was presented to Vanessa Redgrave by Richard Harris’ son Jared Harris and Vanessa’s daughter Joely Richardson. The award recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.

The twentieth BIFA ceremony was hosted by Mark Gatiss at Old Billingsgate. Highlights from the ceremony can be viewed at facebook.com/bifa.film

For a full list of winners see below and at www.bifa.film/awards/winners

You might also like this little breakdown:

WINS BY FILM 2017 (not including Shorts, International)

9 different British features won

 

Almost Heaven

The Death of Stalin

God’s Own Country

1

4

4

 

I Am Not a Witch

In Another Life

Lady Macbeth

 

3

1

5

 

The Party

The Ritual

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

1

1

2

 

 

 

WINS BY DISTRIBUTOR 2017 (not including Shorts)

 

Altitude

Lady Macbeth

 

Curzon/AE

I Am Not a Witch

 

eOne

The Death of Stalin

The Ritual

5

5

 

3

3

 

5

4

1

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