British Independent Film Awards
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|Moët British Independent Film Awards|
|Awarded for||Achievement in independently funded British film|
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.
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.
- Best British Independent Film
- Best Foreign Independent Film
- Best Director of a British Independent Film
- The Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director)
- Best Screenplay
- Best Performance by an Actor in a British Independent Film
- Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film
- Best Supporting Actor
- Best Supporting Actress
- Most Promising Newcomer
- Best Achievement in Production
- The Raindance Award
- Best Technical Achievement
- Best British Documentary
- Best British Short Film
- The Richard Harris Award
- The Variety Award
- The Special Jury Prize
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
- 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
- must have won an award at a recognised film festival.
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