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The British Independent Film Awards

dimanche 9 novembre 2008


Supported by UK Film Council


The nominations and jury members for the eleventh annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) were announced today, Tuesday 28 October at Soho House in London. The nominations this year reflect the up and coming and internationally renowned on and off screen talent and also demonstrate a strong multicultural presence.

Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance and the British Independent Film Awards says : "The nominations reveal an unparalleled number of new and young film talent across the various categories. Together with more established film industry names, these nominees mark a refreshing eleventh year."

The films receiving the most nominations are Hunger and In Bruges tied with seven nominations each. Slumdog Millionaire follows with six, Shifty one of the first from the Film London Microwave slate receives five nominations, Somers Town, Son of Rambow and The Duchess hold four nominations each. Other films with multiple nominations are The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Happy-Go-Lucky both receiving three, and Man on Wire, The Daisy Chain, Eden Lake and The Escapist receiving two each. There is an unprecedented number of twenty-three other nominated films throughout the categories.

First time BIFA actor nominees include Colin Farrell, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sienna Miller, Vera Farmiga, Asa Butterfield, Alexis Zegerman, Sally Hawkins, Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham, Brendan Gleeson, Riz Ahmed, Daniel Mays, Dev Patel, Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, Bill Milner, Hayley Atwell, Will Poulter and past Variety Award recipient Keira Knightley.

This year sees repeat nominations for actors Samantha Morton, Eddie Marsan, Emma Thompson, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Turgoose - who is the youngest ever Best Actor nominee - and Ralph Fiennes who receives a double nomination this year in the Best Supporting Actor category. As well as a few behind the camera nominees, such as directors Danny Boyle and Shane Meadows and cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle.

The BIFA pre-selection committee (of 70 members) viewed more than 150 films, out of which they selected the nominations

BIFA Directors, Johanna von Fischer & Tessa Collinson say : "We are delighted to be able to highlight such an eclectic range of new British film talent this year with the pre-nomination debut director category being the most competitive BIFA has ever had. We are also proud to honor two outstanding British acting talents and careers with The Richard Harris and The Variety Awards."

From his breakthrough role in Mike Leigh’s Naked through to his most recent role as the Father in this year’s BIFA nominated The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, David Thewlis, a nominee in BIFAs inaugural year 1998, will be honoured with the Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor. Also this year, The Variety Award for bringing the international spotlight to the British film industry, goes to the star of Frost/Nixon, Michael Sheen. BIFA’s new jury is comprised of sixteen professionals and talents from across the British film industry including : Producer and Chair, Simon Relph, Actresses Anne Marie Duff and Eva Birthistle, Actors Mark Strong and Christopher Simpson, Director Joe Wright, Photographer/Director Rankin, Writer/Director Paul Andrew Williams, Writer Abi Morgan, Producers David Lawson, Gina Carter and Cat Villiers, Xavier Marchand Distributor (Momentum), Casting Director Shaheen Baig, Agent Tor Belfrage and Col Needham, Founder and Managing Director of the Internet Movie Database.

The much anticipated 11th awards ceremony will take place on Sunday 30 November at the Old Billingsgate Market in London and will be hosted by James Nesbitt.

BIFA are proud to announce the following nominees for this year’s awards :

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM Hunger In Bruges Man on Wire Slumdog Millionaire Somers Town

BEST DIRECTOR Sponsored by The Creative Partnershipnewline/> Mark Herman - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Steve McQueen - Hunger Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire Shane Meadows - Somers Town Garth Jennings - Son of Rambow

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR] James Watkins - Eden Lake Rupert Wyatt - The Escapist Steve McQueen - Hunger Martin McDonagh - In Bruges Eran Creevy - Shifty

BEST SCREENPLAY Sponsored by BBC Films Enda Walsh, Steve McQueen - Hunger Martin McDonagh - In Bruges Simon Beaufoy - Slumdog Millionaire Paul Fraser - Somers Town Garth Jennings - Son of Rambow

BEST ACTRESS Sponsored by M.A.C Vera Farmiga - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Samantha Morton - The Daisy Chain Keira Knightley - The Duchess Kelly Reilly - Eden Lake Sally Hawkins - Happy-Go-Lucky

BEST ACTOR Michael Fassbender - Hunger Colin Farrell - In Bruges Brendan Gleeson - In Bruges Riz Ahmed - Shifty Thomas Turgoose - Somers Town

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Emma Thompson - Brideshead Revisited Hayley Atwell - The Duchess Kristin Scott Thomas - Easy Virtue Sienna Miller - The Edge of Love Alexis Zegerman - Happy-Go-Lucky

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Sponsored by Tiscali Ralph Fiennes - The Duchess Eddie Marsan - Happy-Go-Lucky Liam Cunningham - Hunger Ralph Fiennes - In Bruges Daniel Mays- Shifty

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER Asa Butterfield - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Dev Patel - Slumdog Millionaire Ayush Mahesh Khedekar - Slumdog Millionaire Bill Milner - Son of Rambow Will Poulter - Son of Rambow

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION Sponsored by Recorded Picture Company The Daisy Chain The Escapist Hush Shifty Telstar

RAINDANCE AWARD Clubbed Flick One Day Removals Zebra Crossings

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT Sponsored by Skillset Wardrobe - Michael O’Connor - The Duchess Cinematography - Sean Bobbitt - Hunger Editing - Jon Gregory - In Bruges Music - Harry Escott, Molly Nyman - Shifty Cinematography - Anthony Dod Mantle - Slumdog Millionaire

BEST DOCUMENTARY Sponsored by Chapter Media A Complete History of My Sexual Failures Derek Man on Wire Of Time and The City Three Miles North of Molkom

BEST BRITISH SHORT Sponsored by Dailymotion Alex And Her Arse Truck Gone Fishing Love Does Grow On Trees Red Sands Soft

BEST FOREIGN FILM The Diving Bell & The Butterfly Gomorrah I’ve Loved You So Long Persepolis Waltz With Bashir

THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution to British Film) Sponsored by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures David Thewlis


THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE Sponsored by UK Film Council Announced 30 November 2008

Proud supporters and patrons of BIFA include Tilda Swinton, Ray Winstone, Mike Figgis, Tom Hollander, Adrian Lester, Ken Loach, Ewan McGregor, Samantha Morton, Bill Nighy, Trudie Styler, Meera Syal and Michael Winterbottom.

BIFA would like to thank its Sponsors : UK Film Council, BBC Films, Chapter Media, The Creative Partnership, Dailymotion, Film London, M.A.C, Raindance, Recorded Picture Company, Skillset, Soho House, Tiscali, Variety, Walt Disney Studios.

Created by Raindance For further press information, contact Elizabeth Benjamin or Zoe Flower at Emfoundation : / / 020 7247 4171

For further information on BIFA, visit

Images and press release will be available on NOTES TO EDITORS BIFA was created by Raindance in 1998.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA 2008 A film will be eligible for an Award if :

• It is intended for theatrical release, AND has had a public screening to a paying audience either on general release in the UK OR has screened at a British-based film festival between 1st December 2007 and 30th November 2008.

• Where there is any major studio substantially funding a film, the total budget must not exceed £10M ($20M).

• It has been produced or majority co-produced by a British company OR is in receipt of at least 51% of its budget from a British source or sources OR it qualifies as a British Film under the DCMS guidelines AND includes sufficient creative elements from the UK.

• BIFA also consider foreign independent films for the Best Foreign Independent Film category. Foreign films must have a British theatrical release during the eligibility period stated above.

• Films that have been entered previously are not eligible. Re-issues of previously released films are not eligible.

• All films submitted for consideration will be viewed by the Advisory Committee with the help of a nominated screening panel. The Advisory Committee will then decide the nominations by ballot.

• All nominated films will be viewed by the Jury. The winners will be decided by a secret ballot. In the case of a tie, a deciding vote will be cast by the Jury Chairperson.

• The Special Jury Prize will be decided entirely at the Jury’s discretion.

• The Douglas Hickox Award is to be given to a British director for their debut feature film. The estate of Douglas Hickox shall present a cheque for £500 to the winner.

• British Short Film Award submissions : Any British short films that have won an award between 16th October 2007 and 15th October 2008 are eligible for consideration. A short film must be no longer than 40 minutes (including credits).

• Feature films must be no less than 70 minutes in length.

• The Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Film by an Actor (male/female) to be decided by the Advisory Committee with the input of the Harris family.

• In 2003 the British Independent Film Awards introduced a new award for Best British Feature Documentary. Eligible films must be non-fiction. They should be photographed in actual occurrence, or employ partial re-enactment, stock footage, stills, animation, stop-motion or other techniques, as long as the emphasis is on fact and not on fiction (further eligibility criteria as with other feature films above).

• All films must be submitted for consideration by September 22nd 2008. • Under exceptional circumstances, inclusion and consideration of films which do not strictly comply with the above criteria will be subject to the discretion of the British Independent Film Awards Advisory Committee.

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