The Awards 2020


BBC Film


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

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.


Dirty Looks

Dirty Looks is an independently owned post production house in London’s West End, central Brussels and the Internet. Launched by Tom Balkwill in 2010 to offer artisinal Colour Grading and Mastering of independent Feature Films and Broadcast Drama, along with short form Promos and Commercials. In addition to picture finishing we also run VFX and DCP reviews, service sale’s agents’ film libraries, create dailies , VFX pulls and other LAB services.

Over the last decade we have provided picture post to a plethora of BIFA celebrated projects, including Disobedience, Lady Macbeth, Ray & Liz, Calibre, Almost Heaven, Adult Life Skills, 20,000 Days on Earth and Under the Skin.

Visit dirtylooks.co.uk to see our projects past and present, and do get in touch to discuss your projects for 2021.


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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

Halo Post

Halo is an award-winning full-service post-production facility in the heart of London’s Soho district. The company offers a variety of services including DI processing, online and VFX, 4K and UHD delivery, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision grading, sound design, ADR and mixing including Dolby Atmos delivery for cinema and home entertainment.   Halo is still independently owned and has always undertaken a very diverse portfolio of work, ranging from feature films, feature documentaries and dramas through to specialist-factual, comedy-dramas, live events, and more recently, high-end content for the games industry.   Halo’s USP lies in the size of our operation and the quality of service we provide. Large enough to manage the big, complex projects but small enough to still feel friendly and personal.   Some of our film credits include Judy (directed by Rupert Goold), Dora and the Lost City of Gold (directed by James Bobin), Darkest Hour (directed by Joe Wright), Stan & Ollie (directed by Jon S. Baird), Paddington 2 (directed by Paul King), Ghost Stories (directed by Andy Nyman & Jeremy Dyson), Nocturnal Animals (directed by Tom Ford), Ophelia (directed by Claire McCarthy), Blinded by the Light (directed by Gurinder Chadha), Liam Gallagher: As It Was (directed by Gavin Fitzgerald and Charlie Lightening), Somebody Up There Likes Me (directed by Mike Figgis) and Bros: After The Screaming Stops (directed by Joe Pearlman)   Projects in production include The Aeronauts (directed by Tom Harper) starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones and Ammonite (directed by Francis Lee) starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.

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


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


Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with 158 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without adverts or commitments.

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.


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.



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

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.



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.



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


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.