The Awards 2018


BBC Films

BBC Films is at the forefront of independent filmmaking in the UK, developing and co-producing around 15 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.
Current BBC Films releases include Judy directed by Rupert Goold and starring Renée Zellweger as the iconic Judy Garland; Blue Story, the debut feature from Andrew ‘Rapman’ Onwubolu and starring newcomers Stephen Odubola and Michael Ward (Top Boy); Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You, written by regular collaborator Paul Laverty; and Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir, which won the International Grand Jury Prize at Sundance film festival in January.
BBC Films titles released earlier in 2019 have included Ralph Fiennes’ The White Crow, which premiered at Telluride; Peter Strickland’s In Fabric starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste; Out of Blue directed by Carol Morley and starring Patricia Clarkson; Mari the debut feature from writer/director Georgia Parris; Yuli, written by Paul Laverty and directed by Iciar Bollain; James Kent’s The Aftermath with Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård; and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
Upcoming BBC Films titles include Sean Durkin’s highly anticipated The Nest, starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon; Jane Campion’s first feature film for 10 years, The Power of the Dog starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Elisabeth Moss; Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always the third film from acclaimed director, Eliza Hittman and produced by PASTEL; Ammonite, written and directed by Francis Lee, starring Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet; Mughal Mowgli directed by Bassam Tariq and co-written, produced by and starring Riz Ahmed; The Souvenir: Part II, Joanna Hogg’s sequel to her Sundance award-winner;  Misbehaviour from Philippa Lowthorpe starring Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jessie Buckley; Herself directed by Phyllida Lloyd from a script by Clare Dunne and Malcolm Campbell; His House by first-time UK writer/director, Remi Weekes; Lynn + Lucy, the debut feature from Fyzal Boulifa; Monsoon written and directed by Hong Khaou and starring Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians); Perfect 10, the feature debut from Eva Riley; and Make Up, the debut feature from Claire Oakley starring Molly Windsor.
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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, which so far has produced over 420 short films and supported over 240 first feature developments. 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 Screen Scotland) and Doc Society, with backing from the BFI. We also work with BAFTA, BIFA, British Council 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.


Broadsword Event House

Award-winning and offering innovative design, precise planning and expert delivery, Broadsword Event House builds exciting and responsive live event experiences that drive action and create impact. A lot of our event planning goes unnoticed, and that’s just the way it should be. One team. One experience. Think of us as a team of technical translators and a safe pair of hands, that you can trust to deliver all aspects of your live event from beginning to end. Operating as a total event production house, we become an integral partner for communications teams and take ownership of a wide array of events on a global scale.

With our passion for storytelling, we bring concepts and ideas to life in fresh and engaging ways with the advantage of knowing how display technologies work and how to integrate with them. Our in-house Scenic Department can design, build and install backdrops and bespoke structures which are both practical and visually stunning. With the best in camera equipment, all filming and post production, is serviced from our in-house London graphics house and editing studio, for use pre-event as part of a campaign, during an event or post event.

Our vision drives our business: To bring to life thoughts, ideas and dreams, so that they can be shared with others. We produce brilliant shows.


Casting Society of America

Casting Society of America (CSA) was founded in 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. Currently boasting over 950 members, our Casting Director and Associate Casting Director members work around the world, based in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Africa. CSA is a global resource for producers, directors and creative teams seeking casting professionals, while promoting the image of casting professionals 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.

Taittinger's champagnes are matured in its 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.



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 83% 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.


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 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 Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, 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, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch, Chris Morris’s Four Lions, Shane Meadows’ This is England, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years.

Film4’s recent releases include Rose Glass's Saint Maud, Sarah Gavron's Rocks, Armando Iannucci's The Personal History of David Copperfield, Coky Giedroyc's adaptation of Caitlin Moran's How to Build a Girl, Nick Rowland's Calm With Horses, Micheal Winterbottom's Greed, Justin Kurzel's The True History of the Kelly Gang and Asif Kapadia's Diego Maradona. Forthcoming releases include Jonathan Butterell's Everybody's Talking About Jamie, Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho, Euros Lyn’s Dream Horse, Florian Zeller’s The Father, Ben Sharrock’s Limbo and Cathy Brady’s Wildfire. Films in production include Eva Husson's Mothering Sunday, Michael Pearce's Invasion, Prano Bailey-Bond's Censor, Will Sharpe's Louis Wain, Rebecca Hall's Passing and Chasing Chaplin from Peter Middleton and James Spinney.

For further information please visit www.film4productions.com


Kodak Motion Picture Film & Entertainment - The technology that sets the standard and stands the test of time in the production, postproduction, distribution, exhibition and archiving of motion pictures worldwide.
Kodak offers a wide variety of products, spanning the entire motion picture value chain from image capture to post, on through distribution/exhibition and archival applications. The advanced technology of KODAK VISION3 motion picture film provides the highest degree of image quality and creative flexibility.
For further information please visit kodak.com/go/motion

M.A.C Cosmetics

M·A·C (Make-up Art Cosmetics), a leading brand of professional cosmetics is part of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. Since its creation in Toronto, Canada over 30 years ago, the brand’s popularity has grown through a tradition of word-of-mouth endorsement from makeup artists, models, photographers and journalists around the world. M·A·C is now sold in over 100 countries/territories worldwide. Follow M·A·C on Twitter, Snapchat and Pinterest @MACcosmetics, become a M·A·C fan on Facebook (facebook.com/maccosmetics), follow M·A·C on Instagram (instagram.com/maccosmetics), watch M·A·C videos on YouTube (youtube.com/maccosmetics). For a M·A·C location visit maccosmetics.com.

Intermission Film

Intermission Film is 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.
London. Amsterdam. New York

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 44 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


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 collaborated with acclaimed British designers Fredrikson Stallard to create the stunning crystal trophy, which will be presented to award winners in 2019 for the seventh 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 Rocketman, The Greatest Showman, Moulin Rouge! 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.


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.



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

Studio Juice are proud to be the official design partner to the awards. 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 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.



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.


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.



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 across TV, film and cinema. A wide range of experience means that we are able to stay abreast of the issues and opportunities that arise in the creative sector, applying best practice whilst finding innovative solutions for our clients. 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 7th largest worldwide network of independent audit, tax and advisory firms.

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.



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.



Bankside Films

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Independent Talent

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Warner Bros.


Creative England