Register to Vote for BIFA


Register to Vote for BIFA

We think it’s important that BIFA is genuinely representative of the film industry and open to new voices and new opinions, so we are expanding our pool of voters. We are inviting film industry professionals who fit any of the following three criteria to register to vote with us via the link below:

  • Previous BIFA nominees and winners.
  • HoDs on BIFA-nominated films (in most categories)
  • Industry professionals who haven’t worked on BIFA-nominated films, but have significant (three or more years’) experience in independent feature film production in a creative capacity.

Although the pool of voters will grow, we will still only have around 100 people voting each year. We may also ask some voters to take part for two or more consecutive years – we believe that the consistency that experienced voters bring will ensure that the process works properly.

How BIFA voting works

You can read our full BIFA Voter Duties & Responsibilities document here. 

BIFA’s Nomination Committee and Screening Group (voters) decide the long list and nominations in most categories. After a rigorous discussion-based selection process the long list and nominations are decided by confidential vote.

The voters are divided into Sub-Groups based on the award categories (e.g. Best British Film, Best International, Best Short etc.). Films are allocated to voters so that every entered film is seen by a minimum number of voters and properly discussed. The Sub-Groups meet throughout the process to discuss the films they have seen and decide which films are removed from active consideration, having been seen by a minimum number of voters, and which films they recommend that all of their fellow voters see.

Votes are then cast privately in two rounds, once to reach the longlist and once to reach the final nominations. In calculating the results, BIFA takes into account the number of people who have seen a film. The winners are decided by independent juries, newly appointed each year.

All registered voters can vote for the winner of Best British Independent Film

In 2016, for the first time, all those who are registered BIFA voters will be able to vote for the winner of Best British Independent Film. This has always been decided by a jury until now. This change will mean that the winner of BIFA's most prestigious award will be decided by you, the film inudstry.

Register to vote

Registration is open for 2016 Best British Independent Film winner voting until 23:00 on Monday 31 October. Registrations received after that will be considered for 2017 nomination, winner and jury voting. Complete the registration form here.