AWARD TROPHIES PROVIDED BY SWAROSVKI
The BAFTA mask, the Oscar statuette and the Golden Globe – all are recognised around the world as celebrating the best talent in film. Now Swarovski and BIFA are delighted to add a new trophy to this list of icons. The crystal house, whose history on the silver screen goes back 85 years and sparkles with unforgettable moments such as Dorothy tapping her crystal-encrusted ruby slippers, is a longstanding supporter of the British Independent Film Awards. Swarovski invited avant-garde British design duo Fredrikson Stallard to design a signature trophy especially for BIFA which reflects the Awards' standing in the film community and pays tribute to its finest talents.
The resulting trophy, which was created by Swarovski's craftsmen in Austria, is a dynamic sculpture with a dramatic crystal poised centre stage within its structure.
Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, commented: "Fredrikson Stallard are among the most talented designers working in Britain today and their work is always artistic and highly impactful. This stunning trophy for BIFA shines with the light of a golden crystal at its heart. It's like a beacon of inspiration and it's sure to become an iconic prize in British film making."
Ian Stallard explained: "We wanted to create a signature trophy that will be instantly recognisable and act as a beacon to the extraordinary talent that is so plentiful within British film making today."
The new BIFA trophy was awarded for the first time at the 16th British Independent Film Awards ceremony in 2013. It is hoped that when the recipients hold it aloft, it will become a symbol of the stellar talents that illuminate British independent filmmaking.
SWAROVSKI AND BIFA'S HISTORY
Between 2010 and 2012 the British Independent Film Awards presented the winners with the ‘Eternal Objects’ by Tokujin Yoshioka for Swarovski Crystal Palace as their award trophies.
The contribution of the awards highlights Swarovski’s rich heritage in film and television and furthers the company’s vision of supporting and nurturing creative talent.
About Swarovski Crystal Palace: Swarovski Crystal Palace is a groundbreaking project that aims to create signature interpretations of light and design using the emotive medium of cut crystal. It offers designers a new platform for creative expression and experimentation with innovation and technology.
About Tokujin Yoshioka: Tokujin Yoshioka established Tokujin Yoshioka Design in 2000. He has completed many projects collaborating with Issey Miyake for almost 20 years and gained a high evaluation from all over the world, including shop designs for Issey Miyake and A-Poc. He has designed for Driade, Moroso, Vitra and was named Designer of the Year at Design Miami 2007.