Thursday, November 14, 2019


In 2017 and 2018, the same five films were nominated across BIFA’s Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best British Independent Film awards. This year there are nine films nominated across those three categories, and only one common nominee between Best Screenplay and Best Director; make of that what you will, but we like to think … Continued

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019


The films nominated for the BIFA Best Screenplay award this year are testaments to their writers’ skills and creativity, and to the British film industry’s local roots and international outlook and success. Nominees include the transatlantic tale of a Glaswegian woman who dreams of being a country singer (Wild Rose by Nicole Taylor); a tense … Continued

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Kristin Scott Thomas

Monday, November 11, 2019

Dame Kristin Scott Thomas: The BIFA 2019 Richard Harris Award

We are delighted to announce today that Dame Kristin Scott Thomas will be this year’s recipient of the Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Film, in recognition of her long and illustrious career. The award will be presented to her at the 2019 awards ceremony to be held at Old Billingsgate on Sunday … Continued

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Nominations Announced for BIFA 2019

Watch our livestream of the nominations announcement here   The Personal History of David Copperfield leads with 11 nominations Wild Rose follows with 10 nominations, In Fabric has 9 and The Souvenir has 8 Beats, Judy and documentaries For Sama and Diego Maradona have 5 nominations each 38 British feature films nominated Winners will be … Continued

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Best British Short Film Long List 2019

BIFA is proud to announce the long list for the 2019 Best British Short Film award, supported by BFI NETWORK. The 17 films listed below were chosen from over 300 entries. Discover the best new shorts – and most exciting short filmmakers – the UK has to offer!   Anna – Dekel Berenson, Merlin Merton, … Continued

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Raindance Discovery Award Long List 2019

For the first time this year, BIFA and Raindance are proud to announce the long list for the Raindance Discovery Award. This award showcases innovation, uniqueness of vision and maverick filmmaking in films with budgets under £500,000.  Discover these gems for yourself below: A Bump Along the Way – Shelly Love Bait – Mark Jenkin Children … Continued

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Best International Independent Film Long List 2019

Today BIFA announced this year’s long lists in its highly-competitive Best International Independent Film category, sponsored by Champagne Taittinger. Discover the 17 best new independent films from around the world:   Apollo 11 Ash Is Purest White Atlantics Eighth Grade I Lost My Body Marriage Story Monos Pain and Glory Parasite Portrait of a Lady … Continued

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

New Talent Long Lists 2019

Today BIFA announced this year’s long lists in its influential new talent categories for new writers, directors, producers and actors. Discover this year’s batch of extremely talented new British filmmakers and performers below:   The Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director), sponsored by kodak & pinewood Shelly Love – A Bump Along the Way Will Becher, … Continued

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Monday, October 14, 2019


BIFA exists to promote the best British independent films For over 20 years it has done that through the Awards, which have grown in stature and consequence in the UK and internationally. But we believe that BIFA has the potential to do more to help the British films and talent it celebrates to connect with … Continued

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

BIFA Receives Raising Films Ribbon

Today the first recipients of the Raising Film Ribbon Awards were announced… and BIFA’s one of them!   We’re (quite clearly) very excited to announce that BIFA has received one of the first Raising Films ribbon awards. The ribbon awards form part of Raising Films’ on going commitment to address the findings from its industry … Continued

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

BIFA Announces 2019 Programme of Unconscious Bias Training

Training is now open to non-voters Programme supported by Screenskills and Endeavor   BIFA has today announced that its Unconscious Bias Training programme will return in 2019 and will be offered to new BIFA voters and also opened up to any non-voters engaged in judging the work of others within the screen industries. This year’s … Continued

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Friday, June 21, 2019

BIFA 2019 Feature Film Entries Open

We are now accepting feature film entries for our 2019 awards ceremony. There are a few small changes that you need to know about:   Entry deadlines & Fees Starting this year we’ll be charging entry fees for some films, under some conditions. BIFA has grown enormously over the last four years; we now have … Continued

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