Sponsors

The Awards 2018

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.

bbc.co.uk/bbcfilms

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BFI NETWORK

BFI NETWORK supports new writers, directors and producers from across the UK: people from any place, any age, any background. Every year, we invest around £2.5 million of National Lottery funding, helping so far to develop and produce over 300 shorts and 60 first features. We’re a network of partners, formed of the five English Film Hubs of the BFI Film Audience Network, Film Cymru Wales, Northern Ireland Screen, Scottish Film Talent Network (in partnership with Creative Scotland) and Doc Society, with backing from the BFI. We also work with BAFTA, BIFA and the Grierson Trust to provide professional development programmes and activity. Find out more and get in touch here: network.bfi.org.uk

Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic has grown rapidly to become one of the world's leading innovators and manufacturers of creative video technology.

Blackmagic Design's founders have had a long history in post-production editing and engineering. With extensive experiences in high-end telecine, film and post, harnessed with a real passion for perfection, Blackmagic set out to change the industry forever.

A company dedicated to quality and stability and focusing on where it's needed most; Blackmagic has created some of the most talked about products in the industry. World famous for their unbeatable codecs, Blackmagic envisioned truly affordable high-end quality editing workstations built upon Blackmagic software and hardware.

blackmagicdesign.com

Broadsword Event House

To mark the tenth year of our involvement with BIFA as technical services provider, Broadsword are proud to become an award sponsor for 2018. The British Independent Film Awards are totally aligned with our own vision which is to bring to life thoughts, ideas and dreams, so that others can share them. We do this for our live event clients by being good listeners, employing a one-team approach with the safest pairs of hands in the business. Broadsword Event House is a live event agency offering creative, technical and project management, and run by a great team of people who live by our mantra – 'Brilliant Shows'. broadswordgroup.uk/

Casting Society of America

The Casting Society of America (CSA) was founded in February of 1982 with the intention of establishing a recognised standard of professionalism in the casting field and providing its members with a support organisation to further their goals and protect their common interests. CSA currently boasts over 800 members. CSA Casting Directors and Associates work around the world, with members based in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Africa. The CSA is a global resource for producers, directors and creative teams seeking casting professionals, while promoting the image of casting directors and associates worldwide, engaging in a number of charitable activities, and supporting its members by sharing important and helpful professional information. For more information on the Casting Society of America, please visit CastingSociety.com

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

DCM

Digital Cinema Media (DCM) is the market leader in UK cinema advertising, providing almost 3,500 screens at over 500 sites for advertisers. DCM sells 82% of the cinema advertising market through exhibitors including Cineworld, ODEON, Vue, Curzon, Everyman, Picturehouse Cinemas and many other leading independent cinemas.

DCM has driven significant growth for the cinema medium over the last three years, resulting in record-breaking revenue performance. DCM is determined to maintain this momentum and drive the industry forward by connecting brands and people in the unique cinema environment. The power of cinema is its ability to reach and engage audiences with no distractions. The biggest screen, a dark room, the best sound and impactful content means cinemagoers are engaged and ready to be told stories, so brands have an unrivalled opportunity to entertain and connect with them.

dcm.co.uk

Creativity Media

Creativity Media is a post-production company based in the heart of London with over 85 feature film credits. Our state of the art facility provides picture, visual effects and sound post-production services to deliver outstanding cinematic storytelling. Since the company was founded in 2010, we have helped filmmakers tell unique and wonderful stories, including the BIFA winners Under the Shadow, I Am Not a Witch and God’s Own Country. You can catch our latest work, including McQueen and VS.  in cinemas and on home entertainment this year. For more information, please visit our website creativitymedia.co.uk

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

Kodak

Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging.

We provide - directly and through partnerships with other innovative companies - hardware, software, consumables and services to customers in graphic arts, commercial print, publishing, packaging, electronic displays, entertainment and commercial films, and consumer products markets.

With our world-class R&D capabilities, innovative solutions portfolio, and highly trusted brand, Kodak is helping customers around the globe to sustainably grow their businesses and enjoy their lives.

For further information please visit kodak.com/go/motion

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

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

Pinewood Group

The Pinewood Studios Group is a leading provider of studio and related services to the global film and television industry. UK based Pinewood, Shepperton and Pinewood Studio Wales comprise 40 Stages, including the 59,000 sq ft 007 Stage, the globally unique underwater filming stage and one of the largest exterior tanks in Europe, 3 dedicated state of the art TV studios and associated production accommodation, a comprehensive post production and creative services division and lighting. From a one day shoot to a TV drama or indie film, Pinewood has the flexibility and agility to be the go-to partner who offers iconic facilities, services and expertise for any size of production or event. Visit www.pinewoodgroup.com for more information.

Silk Factory

Our award-winning team produces engaging creative content for the film and entertainment industry, from the shortest social assets to full length film trailers. Based in the heart of Soho we have a full 360 post production facility and highly experienced team of producers, editors and designers delivering content across cinema, TV, online & VoD, social, digital outdoor, radio and podcast. Our passion is entertainment marketing and bringing it to people around the world is the most exciting way possible.
Check us out at www.thesilkfactory.co

Spotlight

Founded in 1927, Spotlight connects performers with roles in theatre, television and film productions. Casting professionals choose Spotlight to cast their projects because performers on Spotlight are recognised as the industry’s best. Everything we do at Spotlight helps talented performers find work. Whether we're developing new tools for each stage of the casting process or running events to connect professionals working in all areas of the industry, at Spotlight we are constantly developing new ways to support performers at every stage of their career. With studios in London’s famous West End, Dublin’s stylish Smithfields and a team of people across Europe, Spotlight is at the heart of the performing arts industry. Find out more at www.spotlight.com

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

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

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

Studio Juice

An independent design studio founded in 2006 by three friends who have spent the last decade building purpose-driven lifestyle brands. The studio is home to a multidisciplinary team that understands the way brands need to work today: collaboratively and with cultural relevance. This approach fosters meaningful partnerships with like-minded clients and consistently delivers authentic experiences people love. Our work encompasses strategy and branding, comms and campaign planning, art direction and visual design, products and packaging, websites and digital experiences, live events and product launches, environments and interiors, creative direction and content creation. Recent clients and collaborators include; adidas, Camden Town Brewery, Reebok, ASOS, Major League Baseball, Lacoste, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Island Records, Communion Music, Glassnote Records, Gentlemen of the Road and BBC Introducing. Our work within special edition packaging has been recognised by GRAMMY®. studiojuice.com

Universal Music Publishing Group

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is a leading global music publisher with 43 offices in 36 countries. We represent music in every genre from some of the world’s most important songwriters & catalogues, and across the decades. We administer score music for many of the biggest film/TV companies in the world including Disney, Warner Brothers, BBC, Studio Canal, HBO, NBC and many more. Our Film & TV department recently won the Music Week Sync Team of the year award, and comprises on 15 dedicated licensing and creative staff to help on projects of all levels or media; and is the biggest sync department in the country. UMPG Creative Manager for Film, Phil Canning, is unique in the UK with focus solely on feature film music, and is also an independent Music Supervisor, boasting a wealth of experience from 15 years working at records labels, in artist management and on feature films. He is available for all enquiries on: phil.canning@umusic.com

Our incredible roster includes: ABBA, Adele, Alabama Shakes, Axwell & Ingrosso, Bastille, Beach Boys, Beastie Boys, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Jeff Bhasker, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey, The Clash, Coldplay, J.Cole, Elvis Costello, Miley Cyrus, Jason Derulo, Neil Diamond, Disclosure, Danny Elfman, Eminem, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Florence + the Machine, Future, Martin Garrix, Ariana Grande, Al Green, Haim, Halsey, Emile Haynie, Jimi Hendrix, Kacy Hill, Sam Hunt, Imagine Dragons, Demi Lovato, Carly Rae Jepsen, Billy Joel, Elton John/Bernie Taupin, Tobias Jesso Jr., Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, The Mamas and Papas, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Maroon 5, Shawn Mendes, Miguel, Nicki Minaj, Mumford & Sons, Jimmy Napes, R. City,Randy Newman, New Order/Joy Division, Ne-Yo, Steve Perry, Otis Redding, R.E.M., Carole Bayer Sager, Gustavo Santaolalla, Sex Pistols, Paul Simon, Britney Spears, Stax (East Memphis Music), Swedish House Mafia,Justin Timberlake, U2, Keith Urban, Diane Warren, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jack White and many more.

umusicpub.com

Audi

Audi is one of the leading premium car brands in the UK. Its consistent sales success has been driven by a comprehensive portfolio of over 50 models ranging from subcompact hatchbacks to 205mph supercars. To sustain this success and exemplify its philosophy of ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ or ‘Advancement through Technology’, the brand has embarked on a major investment programme that will channel a total of €24 billion into innovative products and new models by 2019. With the benefit of this significant investment the range will extend to over 60 model types, including a rapidly expanding line of electric cars, by 2020.

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

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

RSM

RSM is a leading mid-tier provider of accountancy and business services. Our clients include growing entrepreneurial companies, owner-managed businesses, listed companies and high net-worth individuals.

We have a strong regional office network, with major offices in most key cities throughout the UK, which enables us to provide a consistent national service in all our local markets.We are represented internationally through our independent membership of RSM International - the 6th largest worldwide network of independent audit, tax and advisory firms.

rsmuk.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.

sohohouse.com

Wiggin

Wiggin is recognised as one of the leading practices for film worldwide. The firm has the largest team of dedicated film lawyers in the UK and our unrivalled commercial and legal expertise enables us to help from the moment a project is conceived, right through to its development, financing, production and ultimate distribution.

In addition to advising the leading independent production companies, we represent many new independent producers, using our knowledge and relationships to help grow them into sustainable, successful businesses. We also advise the world’s biggest film studios, banks, financiers, funds and distributors.

Our traditional entertainment practice is complemented by our lawyers’ all-round media expertise, which means we can give our clients specialist guild, clearance, music, employment, property, tax and corporate advice relating directly to their film projects and other ventures. We have great strength in depth, helping our clients to source finance and distribution for their projects as well as connecting them with the industry’s key players and decision makers.

wiggin.co.uk

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