Sponsors

The Awards 2016

Sponsors

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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Champagne Taittinger

Champagne Taittinger is very much the Champagne for the independently minded making it the perfect partner to the British Independent Film Awards. It remains the only top Champagne house to be owned and actively run by the family named on the label. As Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger, grandson of the founder says 'The family aspect is crucial. It is a philosophy, and a guarantee. We sign all our bottles – a great responsibility'. He and his family are fiercely passionate about their independence and are avid supporters of the arts and culture.

Our Champagnes are matured in our own 4th Century UNESCO status cellars and the hallmark of these wines is the high percentage of Chardonnay used, which ultimately gives them delicacy and finesse making them the perfect celebratory toast.

At this year’s awards we will celebrate success with Taittinger Nocturne. With its touch of sweetness, this elegant, soft Champagne is perfect to enjoy late into the evening… the After Dark Champagne.

taittinger.com

Film4

Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking, both new and established. Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award®-winners such as Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Asif Kapadia’s box office record breaking documentary Amy, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire and Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady, in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Chris Morris’s Four Lions, Shane Meadows’ This is England, Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years and David Mackenzie’s Starred Up. Film4’s recent releases include Bart Layton’s American Animals, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, Lenny Abrahamson’s The Little Stranger, Iain Morris’s The Festival, Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete, Clio Barnard’s Dark River, Michael Pearce’s Beast and Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Forthcoming releases include Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, Steve McQueen’s Widows, Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience, Tinge Krishnan’s Been So Long, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, Stephen Merchant’s Fighting With My Family, Tom Harper’s Wild Rose and Jim Hosking’s An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn. Films in production include Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield, Asif Kapadia’s Maradona, Sarah Gavron’s ‘Untitled Girls Film’, Nick Rowland’s Calm With Horses, Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang, Coky Giedroyc’s adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s How To Build a Girl and Chaplin from Peter Middleton and James Spinney. For further information please visit film4productions.com

The London EDITION

Next Generation of Luxury Lifestyle

The London EDITION blends groundbreaking innovation, great design, outstanding dining and entertainment with personal, friendly, modern service. Located in Fitzrovia on the edge of London’s Soho neighborhood, this luxury boutique hotel preserves the finest aspects of an iconic landmark building, but reinvents the spaces within to create a dynamic fusion of old and new, past and present.

EDITION Hotels is Ian Schrager's refreshing collection of one-of-a-kind modern luxury hotels, created in collaboration with Marriott International as an evolutionary response to the desire for a sophisticated experience from the guest with a contemporary lifestyle.

editionhotels.com/london

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.

maccosmetics.co.uk

NOWNESS

NOWNESS is a global channel premiering the very best in short form storytelling.

Launched in 2010, NOWNESS's creative excellence in commissioning and unique curation strategy has established it as the go-to source of inspiration and influence right across culture including art, design, film, fashion, music, food, and travel.

We commission and premiere new films that celebrate the extraordinary in bold cinematic, innovative and engaging ways.

NOWNESS works with exceptional talent, both established and emerging filmmakers, including Barnaby Roper, Ana Lily Amirpour, Kibwe Tavares, Miranda July, Nitin Sawhney, Frances Bodomo, Shynola and Nicolas Winding Refn. We work with these talents to make films that immerse our audience in stories that are extraordinary, emotional, inspirational and provoke debate.

nowness.com

Raindance

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.

raindance.co.uk

Swarovski

Swarovski collaborated with acclaimed British designers Fredrikson Stallard to create the stunning crystal trophy, which will be presented to award winners in 2018 for the sixth year running. The company’s longstanding partnership with the British Independent Film Awards is part of its mission to support and promote culture and creativity. Swarovski’s heritage on the silver screen goes back more than 85 years to the early days of Hollywood. Its signature sparkle has illuminated the set and costume design of many of cinema’s most memorable moments, including Marlene Dietrich in Blonde Venus, Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. More recently, Swarovski crystals have brought light, glamour and magic to a host of award-winning films, including The Greatest Showman, Moulin Rouge!, Black Swan and Disney’s adaptations of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. In addition, Atelier Swarovski brings glamour to red carpet events around the globe, adorning the film industry’s most notable talents with luxurious jewellery and accessories. swarovskigroup.com

Variety

Variety has been the seminal voice of the entertainment industry for 113 years and counting. Featuring award-winning breaking news reporting, insightful award-season coverage, must-read feature spotlights and intelligent analysis of the industry’s most prominent players, Variety is the trusted source for the business of global entertainment. Read by a highly engaged audience of industry insiders, Variety’s multi-platform content coverage expands across digital, mobile, social, print and branded content, events and summits. In 2015  and 2016 Variety’s Actors on Actors on PBS was awarded the Emmy for best entertainment programming at the Television Academy’s 67th and 68th Los Angeles area Emmy Awards. Actors on Actors, an interview special that features pairings of prominent actors discussing their craft, was produced by PBS SoCal in partnership with Variety Media, LLC. Follow Variety on Facebook facebook.com/variety; Twitter, @variety; Instagram, @Variety The Variety Group – Variety, Variety.com, Variety Insight, Indiewire, LA 411, NY 411 – is owned by Variety Media, LLC, a division of Penske Media Corporation. variety.com

AllCity

Established in 2000, AllCity is an award winning London based creative agency specialised in delivering campaigns for the UK and International film markets. From script to screen we provide a variety of services for film, whether it be originating artwork, localising existing creative, or delivering full print, outdoor and online campaigns. Our highly experienced team bring knowledge and understanding from all corners of the industry, driving our collaboration with film-makers and marketing teams in order to deliver memorable campaigns.

allcitymedia.com

Audi

Audi is one of the leading premium car brands in the UK. Its unparalleled sales success has been driven by a comprehensive portfolio of almost 50 models ranging from subcompact hatchbacks to 205mph supercars. To sustain this lead and exemplify its philosophy of ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ or ‘Progress through Technology’, the brand will channel a €24 billion investment by 2019 into sustainable technologies and new products, such as the all-new A8, the Q8 and the rapid expansion of its e-tron line-up. This significant investment will have spawned a range extending to over 60 model types by 2020.

European Film Bonds

EFB provides completion guarantees ('bonds') to film and TV producers, financiers, distributors and government support agencies to guarantee the professional production, completion and delivery of feature films, TV productions, documentaries and computer games.

With offices in Copenhagen, London, Stockholm and Melbourne, and affiliated offices in Cape Town and Madrid, we have bonded over 200 productions that have been shot and financed in over 40 different countries including Cuba, China, Morocco, Kenya, Canada and the USA.

EFB's bonds are underwritten by DFG Deutsche Filmversicherungs Gemeinschaft on behalf of our insurers and re-insurers. The lead insurer in our insurance scheme is AXA Gruppe - AXA Versicherungs A.G. with the scheme re-insured by Swiss Re.

Hypergram

A web development and visual design company based in Leeds, Hypergram are a tight knit, hard working and experienced team of designers, developers and strategists. Providing a wide range of both digital and print services for clients in a wide range of industries, Hypergram pride themselves on their stop-at-nothing approach to any client relationship.

hypergram.co

Intermission Film

We are an award-winning creative agency specialising in audio-visual and design with the single ambition to create the best work possible. We work with the world’s leading distributors, broadcasters, sales agents and production companies to create iconic campaigns for movies, games and shows that capture the hearts and imagination of audiences across the world. We believe that storytelling is not just something we do, it is who we are. intermissionfilm.com

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.

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BFI

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