2007 Nominations Announced 10th British Independent Film Awards

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

NOMINATIONS AND JURY ANNOUNCED

FOR THE 10TH BRITISH INDEPENDENT
FILM AWARDS

TUESDAY 23 OCTOBER AT HAYMARKET
HOTE

The nominations
and jury members for the tenth annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs)
were announced today, Tuesday 23 October at the Haymarket Hotel in London.

 

In the
10th anniversary year of the BIFAs, the nominations reflect the wealth of both
new and established on and off screen talent and also demonstrate a strong
multicultural presence.

 

Elliot
Grove, founder of Raindance and the British Independent Film Awards says: “As
BIFA reaches its tenth year it is my hope that British filmmakers, whose work
these Awards were set up to honour, continue to entertain, astound, delight and
inspire and take their rightful place at the forefront of international
independent cinema.”

 

Anton
Corbijin’s Control leads with a BIFA
first of a remarkable ten nominations
, And When Did You Last See Your Father?
receives seven nominations, Hallam Foe
follows with six, followed by Eastern
Promises
(five nominations), Notes on
a Scandal
(four) and Garbage Warrior
(three).  Other films to receive
multiple nominations include Brick Lane
, Black Gold,
It’s A Free World, Sunshine, Exhibit A and 28 Weeks Later.

 

First time BIFA
actor nominees include Anne Hathaway, Sam Riley, Kierston Wareing, Sophia
Myles, Tannishtha Chatterjee,
Imogen
Poots, Matthew Beard, Bradley Cole, Armin Muehler Stahl
and 2004 jury member Cate Blanchett. This year sees repeat nominations for actors Jamie
Bell, Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Samantha Morton, Cillian Murphy and Toby
Kebbell.

 

The BIFA
pre-selection committee viewed more than 150 films, out of which they selected
the nominations with a handful of titles dominating most categories. 

 

BIFA Directors, Johanna von Fischer & Tessa
Collinson say: “
For the 10th
year, the BIFA Nominations throw the spotlight on the UK’s wealth of new
emerging talent.  At the same time
we are very proud to be honouring two very different and special British acting
talents and careers with The Richard Harris Award and The Variety Award. All
these ingredients promise to make our 10th anniversary a celebration of British
film and filmmakers to remember.”

 

BIFA
are delighted to announce Ray Winstone
as the recipient of The Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an
Actor. Winstone, who is a three time BIFA nominee, won Best Actor for Nil by Mouth at the very first Awards in
1998.
Also this year, The Variety Award honours Daniel Craig for his contribution to bringing the international
spotlight to the British film industry. Craig has also been nominated at BIFA
three times and won Best Actor for his role in Some Voices.

 

BIFA’s new jury
is comprised of professionals and talents from across the British film industry
including: actresses Hayley Atwell, Archie Panjabi and Kathy Burke, actors Tony
Curran, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew Macfadyen, directors Annie Griffin, Menhaj
Huda, Neil Marshall and Peter Webber, LFF Artistic Director Sandra Hebron,
producer Mark Herbert, distributor Will Clarke, cinematographer Roger Pratt and
musician Nitin Sawhney. The jury will be chaired by producer Simon Channing
Williams.

 

The much
anticipated 10th awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 28 November 2007 at the Roundhouse in London and will be
hosted by James Nesbitt.

 

BIFA are proud to announce the following nominees for this year’s
awards:

 

BEST
BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM

And When Did You Last See Your Father?

Control

Eastern Promises

Hallam Foe

Notes on a Scandal

 

BEST
ACTRESS

Sponsored
by Mac

Anne Hathaway – Becoming Jane

Tannishtha Chatterjee – Brick Lane

Sophia Myles – Hallam Foe

Kierston Wareing – It’s A Free World…

Judi Dench – Notes on a Scandal

 

BEST
ACTOR

Jim Broadbent – And When Did You Last See
Your Father?

Sam Riley – Control

Viggo Mortensen – Eastern Promises

Jamie Bell – Hallam Foe

Cillian Murphy – Sunshine

 

BEST
SUPPORTING ACTOR/ACTRESS

Sponsored
by Tiscali

Colin Firth – And When Did You Last See Your
Father?

Samantha Morton – Control

Toby Kebbell – Control

Armin Mueller Stahl – Eastern Promises

Cate Blanchett – Notes on a Scandal

 

MOST
PROMISING NEWCOMER

Sponsored
by Diesel

Imogen Poots – 28 Weeks Later

Matthew Beard – And When Did You Last See
Your Father?

Sam Riley – Control

Bradley Cole – Exhibit A

Kierston Wareing – It’s A Free World…

 

BEST
SCREENPLAY

Sponsored
by BBC Films

David Nicholls – And When Did You Last See
Your Father?

Matt Greenhalgh – Control

Steve Knight – Eastern Promises

David Mackenzie & Ed Whitmore – Hallam
Foe

Patrick Marber – Notes on a Scandal

 

BEST
DIRECTOR

Sponsored
by The Creative Partnership

Anand Tucker – And When Did You Last See Your
Father?

Sarah Gavron – Brick Lane

Anton Corbijn – Control

David Cronenberg – Eastern Promises

David Mackenzie – Hallam Foe

 

BEST
ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

Black Gold

Control           

Exhibit A

Extraordinary Rendition           

Garbage Warrior

 

THE
DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]

Sponsored
by Pathé

Marc Francis & Nick Francis – Black
Gold

Anton Corbijn – Control

Oliver Hodge – Garbage Warrior

David Schwimmer – Run, Fat Boy, Run

Steve Hudson – True North

 

BEST
DOCUMENTARY

Black Gold

Deep Water

Garbage Warrior

In the Shadow of the Moon

Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten

 

BEST
TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Sponsored
by Skillset

Enrique Chediak – Cinematography – 28 Weeks
Later

Trevor Waite – Editing – And When Did You
Last See Your Father?

Martin Ruhe – Cinematography – Control

David Mackenzie & Colin Monie – Music –
Hallam Foe

Mark Tildesley – Production design – Sunshine

 

BEST
BRITISH SHORT

Sponsored
by Canon

A Bout de Truffe – The Truffle Hunter

Cherries

Dog Altogether

The Girls

What Does Your Daddy Do?

 

BEST
FOREIGN INDEPENDENT FEATURE

Black Book [Zwartboek]

La Vie en Rose

The Lives of Others [Das Leben der Anderen]

Once

Tell No One [Ne le dis à personne]

 

THE
RAINDANCE AWARD

Sponsored
by Raindance

Exhibit A

The Inheritance

Tovarisch I Am Not Dead

 

SPECIAL
AWARDS

 

THE
RICHARD HARRIS AWARD

Sponsored
by Walt Disney Studios Motion Picturess (UK)

Ray Winstone

 

SPECIAL
JURY PRIZE

Sponsored
by the UK Film Council

To be announced at the Awards on Wednesday 28
November

 

THE
VARIETY AWARD

Daniel Craig

 

 

Proud supporters and patrons of BIFA include
Tilda Swinton, Ray Winstone, Mike Figgis, Tom Hollander, Adrian Lester, Ken
Loach, Ewan McGregor, Samantha Morton, Bill Nighy, Trudie Styler, Meera Syal
and Michael Winterbottom.

 

Created by Raindance

For further press
information, please contact Elizabeth Benjamin or Keeley Naylor at Emfoundation:
elizabeth@emfoundation.com / keeley@emfoundation.com / 020 7247 4171

For further information on
BIFA, please go to www.bifa.org.uk

 

 

 

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

BIFA was created by Raindance in 1998.

 

ELIGIBILITY
CRITERIA 2007

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 has screened at a British-based film festival
between 1st December 2006 and 30th November 2007

 

*it is not solely funded by
studio sources OR has a budget of £8M ($16M) 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 AND includes sufficient creative elements from the UK

 

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

 

* Films that have been
entered previously are not eligible. Re-issues of previously released films are
not eligible

 

* 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. The winners will be
decided by a secret ballot

 

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

 

AWARDS AND SPONSORS

 

Best British Independent Film
Best Director sponsored by The Creative Partnership
Best Actor
Best Actress sponsored by MAC
Best Supporting Actor / Actress sponsored by Tiscali
Most Promising Newcomer (on-screen) sponsored by Diesel
Best Screenplay sponsored by BBC Films
Best Foreign Independent Film
The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director) sponsored by Pathé
Best British Documentary
Best Technical Achievement sponsored by Skillset
Best Achievement in Production
Best British Short sponsored by Canon
The Raindance Award
The Variety Award
The Richard Harris Award (Outstanding Contribution to British Film by an Actor)
sponsored by
Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures (UK)

The Special Jury Prize sponsored by the UK Film Council

 

 

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