2006 Dates Announced 9th British Independent Film Awards

Friday, September 22, 2006

9TH ANNUAL BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS

Honouring the best in British film talent

In its ninth year, the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) have established themselves as one of the most important awards ceremonies in the British film industry. BIFA honours the best and brightest film talent, acknowledging independent films that are majority financed by British resources.

Nominations and this year’s jury will be announced on 25th October 2006 in central London. The much anticipated awards ceremony will take place on 29th November 2006 at the Hammersmith Palais in West London.

The BIFAs are now under the newly appointed directorship of Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson who have jointly been involved with the running of the Awards since its inception in 1998. They say, “We are really excited that the BIFAs are now regarded as the kick-off to the international awards season which culminates in the BAFTAs and Academy Awards in the Spring. The BIFAs also have a real purpose to promote British Independent film talent to an ever growing audience worldwide.”

Last year The Constant Gardener impressed the jury chaired by Michael Kuhn, garnering awards for Best British Independent Film, Best Performance by An Actor for Ralph Fiennes and Best Performance by An Actress for Rachel Weisz. Keira Knightley was also among honourees collecting a Variety UK Personality of the Year award at the ceremony in West London.

Patrons of BIFA include Mike Figgis, Tom Hollander, Adrian Lester, Ken Loach, Ewan McGregor, Samantha Morton, Bill Nighy, Trudie Styler, Meera Syal and Michael Winterbottom.

A film will be eligible for an Award if:

• It is intended for theatrical release, and has had a public screening to a paying audience either on general release in the UK or at a British-based film festival between 1st December 2005 and 30th November 2006.

• It is not solely funded by a single studio OR has a budget of £8M ($15M) or less.

• It has been produced or majority co-produced by a British company OR is in receipt of at least 51% of its budget from a British source or sources OR it qualifies as a British Film under the DCMS guidelines.

• When the majority of finance has come from a British source the film must also include sufficient creative elements from the UK.

• BIFA also consider foreign independent films for the Best Foreign Independent Film category. Foreign films must have a theatrical release during the eligibility period stated above.

• Films that have been entered previously are not eligible.

Inclusion and consideration of films which do not strictly comply with the above criteria will be subject to the discretion of the British Independent Film Awards Advisory Committee.

All films submitted for consideration will be viewed by the Advisory Committee with the help of a nominated screening panel. The Advisory Committee will then decide the nominations by ballot.

All nominated films will be viewed by the Jury.

For more information on BIFA rules please go to www.bifa.org.uk.

For further information, please contact Thomas Bunn or Nick Rogers at Mission on 020 7491 6680 or email nick@mission-media.co.uk

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