Our in-house photographer, Nikki Wills, has once again managed to take some great shots for us. She’s managed to catch some great behind-the-scenes moments and photographically distill some of that special BIFA something from the night!
Mid afternoon on the day of the Awards and there's still a bit of getting ready to do!
Putting the final touches on the Shorts Cinema where our five Best British Shorts of 2013 will be playing throughout the evening
The Rankin Exhibition is set up while these rope & posts wait to be placed
Testing the screens
James Nesbitt rehearses
The Incredibly Strange Film Band warms up
Kristin Scott Thomas by Rankin
Lesley Manville & James Nesbitt rehearse their show opening rendition of How Are Ya Fixed for Love?
Our host and patron, James Nesbitt
Really not long to go! The art of building an over 3m champagne fountain!
Meanwhile the Awards space is almost ready to welcome our guests
We did say almost ready!
A magnum of Moet is placed on each table and the Belvedere Vodka Bar is ready to open
Putting the final touches on the Moet Champagne Fountain
Testing the interactive Moet Mirror: Shake that bottle!
A very quiet red carpet: not for long!
And the guests begin to arrive
Jim Broadbent nominated for Le Week-end arrives on the red carpet
Actress and BIFA 2013 Jury member MyAnna Buring prepares to climb the stairs to the top of the champagne fountain
And there she is! (MyAnna Buring: BIFA Jury 2013)
BIFA Member Jason Isaacs hold court
More Moet anyone?
Stanley Tucci arrives
The press wait for the doors to open
Tom Hardy (nominated Best Actor for Locke) takes time to chat with Edith Bowman for the MBIFA Film3Sixty live stream
A bit more Bowman & Hardy!
Joe Dixon kicks off the Moet Champagne Fountain
Everyone takes their seats for dinner
BIFA nominee and patron Ken Loach
Variety Award Recipient Paul Greengrass
Lesley Manville & James Nesbitt kick off the show with How Are You Fixed for Love?
And we're off!
Chloe Pirrie talks to the press backstage after her Most Promising Newcomer win for her performance in Shell
Oh no you don't! Imogen Poots protects her newly won Best Supporting Actress Award from the press
Backstage the awards are taken off the winners and carefully repacked so they can be etched with the recipients names
Presenters Gemma Chan & Enzo Cilenti pose for Getty's Dave Hogan backstage
Paul Greengrass after receiving the Variety Award
The Pussy Riot team talking to the press backstage after their Best Documentary win
Presenter Hayley Atwell poses backstage for Getty's Dave Hogan
James McAvoy stops by to chat to Edith Bowman and the Film3Sixty team for the MBIFA live stream after his Best Actor win for Filth
Lesley Sharp, Steve Knight and Phil Davis chat backstage after Steve's Best Screenplay win for Locke
Douglas Hickox Award winner Paul Wright (For Those in Peril) poses for Getty's Dave Hogan backstage
Paul Wright stops by to chat to Edith Bowman
Presenter Charles Dance backstage in Dave Hogan's photobooth
Best Actor winner James McAvoy chats to the Getty team backstage
Best Actress winner Lindsay Duncan (Le Week-End) poses backstage for Getty's Dave Hogan
Best Actress winner Lindsay Duncan with presenters Mark Strong & Dominic Cooper
And again! Mark Strong, Lindsay Duncan & Dominic Cooper
Best Director presenters Stanley Tucci & Joe Wright
And something to make you smile (Stanley Tucci & Joe Wright)
The Richard Harris Award Recipient Julie Walters backstage with Ella Harris, Jason Isaacs & Damian Harris
Jason Isaacs takes a moment to pose for Dave Hogan
Best British Independent Film winner Metro Manila: presenters Adrian Lester & Natascha McElhone with John Arcilla, Sean Ellis & Jake Macapagal
Best film presenters Natascha McElhone & Adrian Lester
And the after party begins!
Best Short film winners (Z1) take a moment to celebrate on the red carpet