NOMINATIONS, HOST AND JURY REVEALED FOR THE 15th ANNUAL MOËT BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS

Monday, November 5, 2012

London, Monday 5 November The nominations for the 15th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards
were announced today, at St Martins Lane, London by actor and BIFA Patron,
Adrian Lester.

 

Joint Directors, The Moët British Independent Film Awards’ Johanna von Fischer &
Tessa Collinson said: “In this our 15th year, we are delighted to
welcome back six-time former host James Nesbitt. We would like to take this
opportunity to thank our dedicated Pre-Selection Committee who watched over 200
films in order to produce the 2012 Nominations, which once again reflect the
diverse range of British film talent, and also welcome this year’s appointed
independent Jury who will now spend the next month considering the nominated
films.”

 

The highest number of nominations this year goes to
Broken with 9 nominations including Best Film, Best Director and Best
Debut Director for Rufus Norris, Best Actor for Tim Roth and two Best
Supporting Actor nominations for Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear. Sightseers
and Berberian Sound Studio both picked up 7 nominations each.

 

Nominations for Best Actress go to Alice
Lowe for Sightseers, Andrea Riseborough for Shadow Dancer, Elle Fanning for
Ginger & Rosa, Judi Dench for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Meryl
Streep for The Iron Lady.
Along with Tim
Roth for Broken, leading men hoping to take home the Best Actor award include Riz
Ahmed for Ill Manors, Steve Oram for Sightseers, Terence Stamp for Song for
Marion and Toby Jones for Berberian Sound Studio.

 

Directors who have delivered dynamic debuts this
year and are fighting for the Douglas Hickox Award are Bart Layton for The
Imposter, Ben Drew for Ill Manors, Rowan Athale for Wasteland, Sally El Hosaini
for My Brother the Devil and as mentioned previously Rufus Norris for Broken.

 

Best supporting Actor nominations go to Billy
Connolly for Quartet, Domhnall Gleeson for Shadow Dancer, Tom Wilkinson for The
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and the two Broken actors Cillian Murphy & Rory
Kinnear. 

 

Alice Englert for Ginger & Rosa, Eileen Davies
for Sightseers, Maggie Smith for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Olivia Colman
for Hyde Park on Hudson and Vanessa Redgrave for Song for Marion are all
nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Award.

 

Emelie De Vitis, Marketing Director for Moët &
Chandon commented: “Moët & Chandon is delighted to support BIFA for the
third year running. The nominations again reveal the amazing depth of film
talent in Britain and we look forward to toasting the winners’ success along
with BIFA’s 15th birthday on December 9th’.


Amanda Nevill, Chief Executive of the BFI,
comments:

“At 15 years old, the BIFAs are now firmly
established as a key date in the UK film industry calendar and we’re delighted
to be supporting this year’s awards. The BIFAs are the UK’s only awards
focusing entirely on independent British films, as such they really help to shine
a spotlight on the vast range and breadth of excellence in independent UK
filmmaking – helping to promote independent British films to new audiences, and
setting a focus on the Best of British just as the international awards season
begins.”

 

The Raindance Award nominees for 2012 include: Frank, Strings, Love
Tomorrow City Slacker and Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet. This award honours
exceptional achievement for filmmakers working against the odds, often with
little or no industry support. 
Elliot Grove, Founder Raindance Film Festival and Moët British Independent
Film Awards added:
“The Raindance Award has become the beacon for new talent. These
five films show what Raindance is all about: great acting, storytelling and
production values, each made with limited resources against impossible
odds.”

 

The Pre-Selection Committee of 70 members viewed
nearly 200 films, out of which they selected the nominations, which were
decided by ballot.

 

The winners of
The Moët British Independent
Film Awards are decided by an independent jury comprised of leading
professionals and talent from the British film industry.

 

The Jury for
2012 includes: 

Chair – Alison Owen (Producer),
Adrian Hodges (Writer), Christine Bottomley (Actress), Danny Leigh (Film
Critic), Iain Canning (Producer), Jamie Thraves (Director/Writer), Jina Jay
(Casting Director), John Boyega (Actor), John Fletcher (Marketing Director,
Paramount), Lesley Sharp (Actress), Maria Djurkovic (Production Designer), Michelle
Eastwood (Producer), Nick Angel (Music Supervisor), Paul Franklin (SFX
Supervisor), Tom Hiddleston (Actor), Tristan Goligher (Producer).

 

The winners will be announced at the much
anticipated 15th awards ceremony which will be hosted by actor and BIFA
Patron, James Nesbitt, who returns for his seventh year on Sunday 9 December at the impressive Old Billingsgate in London.

 

The Moët British Independent Film Awards is
proud to announce the following nominees for this year’s awards:

 

BEST
BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM

Sponsored
by Moët & Chandon

Berberian
Sound Studio

Broken

Sightseers

The
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The
Imposter

 

BEST
DIRECTOR

Sponsored
by AllCity & Intermission

Bart
Layton – The Imposter

Ben
Wheatley – Sightseers

John
Madden – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Peter
Strickland – Berberian Sound Studio

Rufus
Norris – Broken

 

THE
DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]

Sponsored
by 3 Mills Studios

Bart
Layton – The Imposter

Ben
Drew – Ill Manors

Rowan
Athale – Wasteland

Rufus
Norris – Broken

Sally
El Hosaini – My Brother the Devil

 

BEST
SCREENPLAY

Sponsored
by BBC Films

Abi
Morgan – The Iron Lady

Alice
Lowe, Steve Oram, Amy Jump – Sightseers

Mark
O’Rowe – Broken

Paul
Andrew Williams – Song for Marion

Peter
Strickland – Berberian Sound Studio

 

BEST
ACTRESS

Sponsored
by M.A.C

Alice
Lowe (Tina) – Sightseers

Andrea
Riseborough (Colette McVeigh) – Shadow Dancer

Elle
Fanning (Ginger) – Ginger & Rosa

Judi
Dench (Evelyn Greenslade) – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Meryl
Streep (Margaret Thatcher) – The Iron Lady

 

BEST
ACTOR

Riz
Ahmed (Aaron) – Ill Manors

Steve
Oram (Chris) – Sightseers

Terence
Stamp (Arthur) – Song for Marion

Tim
Roth (Archie) – Broken

Toby
Jones (Gilderoy) – Berberian Sound Studio

 

BEST
SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Alice
Englert (Rosa) – Ginger & Rosa

Eileen
Davies (Carol) – Sightseers

Maggie
Smith (Muriel Donnelly) – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Olivia
Colman (Queen Elizabeth) – Hyde Park on Hudson

Vanessa
Redgrave (Marion) – Song for Marion

 

BEST
SUPPORTING ACTOR

Sponsored
by Sanderson & St Martins Lane

Billy
Connolly (Wilf) – Quartet

Cillian
Murphy (Mike Kiernan) – Broken

Domhnall
Gleeson (Connor) – Shadow Dancer

Rory
Kinnear (Bob Oswald) – Broken

Tom
Wilkinson (Graham Dashwood) – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

 

MOST PROMISING
NEWCOMER

Sponsored
by Studiocanal

Elliott
Tittensor (Tits) – Spike Island

Eloise
Laurence (Skunk) – Broken

James
Floyd (Rashid) – My Brother the Devil

Paul
Brannigan (Robbie) – The Angels’ Share

Zawe
Ashton (Joyce Vincent) – Dreams of a Life

 

BEST ACHIEVEMENT
IN PRODUCTION

Sponsored
by Company3

Berberian
Sound Studio

Ill
Manors

Sightseers

The
Imposter

The
Sweeney

 

BEST
TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Sponsored
by LightBrigade Media

Nic Knowland Bsc –
Cinematography – Berberian Sound Studio

Joakim Sundström, Stevie
Haywood AMPS IPS – Sound Design – Berberian Sound
Studio

Electric Wave Bureau – Music – Broken

Robbie Ryan – Cinematography – Ginger & Rosa

Andrew Hulme – Editing – The Imposter

 

BEST
DOCUMENTARY

Dreams
of a Life

London:
The Modern Babylon

Marley

Roman
Polanski: A Film Memoir

The
Imposter

 

BEST
BRITISH SHORT

Supported
by the BFI

Friday

Junk

Skyborn

Swimmer

Volume

 

BEST
INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM

Amour

Beasts
of the Southern Wild

Rust
& Bone

Searching
For Sugar Man

The
Hunt

 

THE
RAINDANCE AWARD

Frank

Strings

Love Tomorrow

City Slacker

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet

 

THE
RICHARD HARRIS AWARD
(for outstanding contribution by
an actor to British Film)

To Be Announced

 

THE
VARIETY AWARD

To Be Announced

 

THE
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

Announced at the Moët British Independent Film
Awards on Sunday 9th December

 

Proud supporters and patrons of The Moët British
Independent Film Awards include Mike
Figgis, Tom Hollander, Adrian Lester, Ken Loach, Ewan McGregor, Helen Mirren,
Samantha Morton, James Nesbitt, Michael Sheen, Trudie Styler, Tilda Swinton,
Meera Syal, David Thewlis, Ray Winstone
and Michael Winterbottom.

 

The Moët British Independent Film Awards would like
to thank all its supporters, especially: Moët
& Chandon, BFI, 3 Mills Studios, BBC Films, Company3, M.A.C, Raindance,
Sanderson & St Martins Lane – Morgans Hotel Group, Soho House, Studiocanal,
Swarovski, Variety, AD Creative, AllCity, Intermission and LightBrigade Media.

 

Created by
Raindance

 

Notes to the editor:

About The MOËT British Independent Film Awards.

Created in 1998, The British Independent Film
Awards set out to celebrate merit and achievement in independently funded
British filmmaking, to honour new talent, and to promote British filmmaking and
British talent to a wider public.

 

In recognition of Moët &
Chandon’s generous contribution as headline sponsor, the 2012 event is referred
to as The MOËT British Independent Film Awards.

 

For further
information on MBIFA, visit
www.bifa.org.uk

 

For press information regarding The Moët
British Independent Film Awards contact Emma McCorkell or Caragh Cook at
Organic:

emma.mccorkell@organic-marketing.co.uk  caragh.cook@organic-marketing.co.uk

+44 (0)
203 372 0976

Images from the
event can be downloaded from

www.organic-marketing.co.uk/press.php

 

For press information regarding Moët &
Chandon contact:

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BIFAs ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: 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 2011 and 30th November 2012
  • where there is any major studio substantially
    funding a film, the total budget should not exceed $20M. Films are
    not defined as “independent” strictly on the terms of financing.
  • 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
  • A feature film must be no less than 70 minutes
    in length.
  • Films that have been entered previously are
    not eligible. Re-issues of previously released films are not eligible

 

Best
British Feature Documentary. In 2003 the British Independent Film Awards
introduced this award. Eligible films must be non-fiction. They should be
photographed in actual occurrence, or employ partial re-enactment, stock
footage, stills, animation, stop-motion or other techniques, as long as the
emphasis is on fact and not on fiction. (further eligibility criteria as with
other feature films above).

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

 

The
Douglas Hickox Award is given to a director for their debut feature
film. The estate of Douglas Hickox shall present a cheque for £500 to the
winner. 

 

British
Short Film Award submissions: Any British short films that have won an award
between the 10th October 2011 and 9th October 2012 are eligible for
consideration. Any variations are at the sole discretion and recommendation of
the BIFA Advisory Committee. A short film must be no longer than 40 minutes
(including credits).

All
eligible films submitted for consideration will be viewed by the BIFA
Pre-Selection Committee.  Members vote by secret ballot firstly to draw up
a long list, then again to determine the nominations. All nominated films are
then viewed by an independent Jury appointed each year. The winners are
announced during the evening of the Awards Ceremony. 

 

The
Special Jury Prize will be decided entirely at the Jury’s discretion. 

 

The Variety
Award recognises an actor, director, writer or producer who has helped to
focus the international spotlight on the UK 

 

The
Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Film by an Actor
(male / female) is to
be decided by the Advisory Committee with the input of the Harris family.


Full Eligibility
Criteria may be viewed at: http://www.bifa.org.uk/rules-of-eligibility

 

 

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