The Awards 2009



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Raindance is unique. Founded in 1992, it has become Britain's leading independent film organisation, hosting training courses on all aspects of film production, and organising the Raindance Film Festival each October. By combining both training and exhibition directly, Raindance sets out to promote both independent films and filmmaking to a wider public. We are proud to be the founding sponsors of the British Independent Film Awards.


BBC Films

BBC Films is at the forefront of independent filmmaking in the UK, developing and co-producing around 12 films a year. In 2015 BBC Films was awarded the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema. Rose Garnett is the Director of BBC Films. BBC Films’ upcoming slate includes eight films which recently screened at the BFI London Film Festival including the closing night film Stan & Ollie, starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly; Ben Wheatley’s Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, a unique collaboration between BBC Films, BBC Comedy and BBC Two; Ralph Fiennes’ The White Crow, which premiered at Telluride; plus two films which premiered at Toronto: Peter Strickland’s ghost story In Fabric starring Oscar nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste, which won Best Director at Fantastic Fest; and Out of Blue, directed by Carol Morley and starring Patricia Clarkson. Two further films had their world premieres at the BFI London Film Festival include Mari, the debut feature for writer/director Georgia Parris, VS. starring up-and-coming Connor Swindells, which is currently in cinemas and Evelyn, from Oscar nominated documentary filmmaker, Orlando von Einsiedel. Currently in post-production is Sean Durkin’s highly anticipated The Nest, starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon; Judy, directed by Rupert Goold and starring Renee Zellweger as the iconic Judy Garland; and Sorry We Missed You, written by Paul Laverty and directed by Ken Loach. Other titles on the slate include Yuli, written by Paul Laverty and directed by Iciar Bollain; Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir starring Tilda Swinton and executive produced by Martin Scorsese; James Kent’s The Aftermath with Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård; Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind; His House by first-time UK writer/director Remi Weekes; Monsoon written/directed by Hong Khaou and starring Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians); Love, a partnership between BBC Arts and BBC Films, based on the play of the same name directed by Rufus Norris and executive produced by David Schwimmer to TX on BBC Two as part of BBC Arts’ Performance Strand.


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Soho House

Soho House was founded in London, in 1995, as a private members’ club for those in film, media and creative industries. We have since expanded to include Houses across Europe and North America, as well as restaurants, cinemas, spas and hotels. The company's public cinemas comprise of the Electric Cinema Portobello, one of the oldest purpose-built cinemas in the UK, and the Electric Cinema Shoreditch.


M.A.C Cosmetics

M•A•C Cosmetics is proud to be the official make-up sponsor of BIFA and delighted to be supporting the Best Actress Award at this year's ceremony. M•A•C has become known as the premiere make-up brand by providing products to Makeup Artists creating the on-screen looks for top talent, working on-set at photo shoots and backstage at the international fashion shows. M•A•C can be found behind the scenes at award nights offering 'on-call' services to VIPs, directors, and film talent attending world film festivals.


3 Mills Studios

3 Mills Studios is an iconic production destination in the heart of East London and home to the independent filmmaker.

Situated on an attractive island oasis, this versatile and inspiring studio has hosted some of the most successful names in independent cinema including Andrea Arnold, Danny Boyle, Stephen Daldry, Wes Anderson, David Cronenberg, Tim Burton and many more.

It is one of the most accessible Studios in the UK. Located just 30 minutes from Soho and within easy reach of rural locations in the South, it is an ideal base for any production.

With 11 stages (totalling 79,000 sq. ft.), ancillary space and professional services, 3 Mills’ have the facilities to fit the bill and help create outstanding results.

3 Mills Studios – your place to create.


UK Film Council

Chapter Media

Optimum Releasing


The Creative Partnership

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