British Independent Film Awards

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Moët British Independent Film Awards
Awarded for Achievement in independently funded British film
Country United Kingdom
First awarded 1998
Official website

The Moët British Independent Film Awards is an annual award ceremony celebrating achievement in independently funded British film and cinema. Nominations and jury are announced at the beginning of November with the award ceremony taking place in late November or early December.


The British Independent Film Awards were created in 1998 by Raindance founder Elliot Grove. Grove set out to celebrate merit and achievement in independently funded British filmmaking, to honour new talent, and to promote British films and filmmaking to a wider public audience. It forms part of the Raindance Film Festival held each year in September/October. Submissions are required before 23 September each year.

The Founding Members are Phillip Alberstat, Chris Auty, Suzanne Ballantyne, André Burgess, Sally Caplan, Pippa Cross, Christopher Fowler, Lora Fox Gamble, Steven Gaydos, Elliot Grove, 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.[1]

In 2010, BIFA announced a partnership with the climate change organisation Global Cool aimed at introducing green behaviours into film plots.[2]


Three of Britain’s top internationally renowned stars recently joined the British Independent Film Awards group of official patrons. Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen and David Thewlis joined the prestigious list of patrons including Mike Figgis, Tom Hollander, Adrian Lester, Ken Loach, Ewan McGregor, Samantha Morton, Bill Nighy, Trudie Styler, Tilda Swinton, Meera Syal, Ralph Fiennes, Ray Winstone, Daniel Craig and Michael Winterbottom.[citation needed]

Award categories[edit]

 A BIFA trophies
The title for BIFA Awards
Elliot Grove


Title Sponsor: Moët et Chandon

Major Funding Partner: UK Film Council

Major Award Sponsors: Three Mills Studios, Ascent Media, BBC Films, Chapter Media, Exile Media, M.A.C (Make-up Art Cosmetics), Optimum Releasing, Creative Partnership, Variety magazine, Working Title Films

Members Club: Soho House

Corporate Benefactors: Film London, Film4

Entry criteria[edit]

Main categories:

  • must be intended for theatrical release.
  • must be produced/predominantly co-produced by a British company or is in receipt of 51% of its budget from a British source/s.
  • may be funded by a major studio (so long as studio funds do not exceed £10million)

Foreign Independent Films:

  • must have a UK theatrical release during the eligibility period

Short Films:

  • must have won an award at a recognised film festival.
 Michael Sheen
Michael Sheen with 2008 award


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