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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Best British Independent Film Panel: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

In the shadow of brutal tragedy, Mildred Hayes takes justice into her own hands – and no-one can stop her. Starring BIFA-nominated trio Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri is the latest great film from BIFA-winning writer/director Martin McDonagh. Watch our panel discussion with director Chanya Button, producer Rienkje … Continued

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

New Talent Long Lists 2018

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: Most Promising Newcomer Molly Wright – Apostasy Jessie Buckley – Beast Michaela Coel – Been So Long Hammed Animashaun – The Festival … Continued

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

BIFA 2017: State of the Nation

Dave Calhoun looks over the year in film.   It’s quite possible you’re in London while reading this, either getting ready for this year’s BIFA ceremony, or in the tube or a cab on the way here. London is where the British film industry is unofficially headquartered. London is still where the majority of those … Continued

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Best British Independent Film Panel: I Am Not a Witch

For young Shula, being accused of witchcraft is just the beginning. She is dragged – sometimes literally – into a world of superstition and prejudice, in which her best interests seem to be the last concern. On our #BIFA2017 Best British Independent Film Panel, Variety Chief UK Critic Guy Lodge, director Chanya Button, producer Rienkje Attoh, actress Chloe … Continued

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Best British Independent Film Panel: Lady Macbeth

Trapped in a silent house on the Northumberland moors and bullied by boorish men, Katherine Lester is straining at the leash for freedom. Then the leash breaks and everything changes. In our final #BIFA2017 Best British Independent Film discussion, our panel look at William Oldroyd’s 15-time BIFA-nominated revolutionary period drama Lady Macbeth.     Check … Continued

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

BIFA Announces New Programme of Unconscious Bias Training for All Voters

BIFA, in partnership with Creative Skillset, today announce the introduction of a bespoke programme in Training for Unconscious Bias to be initiated in preparation for the 2018 awards.

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Monday, July 2, 2018

BIFA Rule Changes 2018

See the new rules and eligibility requirements for BIFA 2018.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

International Women’s Day 2018

Celebrating BIFA’s Female Filmmakers   Not that you need one, but International Women’s Day is a perfect excuse to support female filmmakers by watching their films. With the weekend coming up, it’s an opportunity to line up a whole swathe of female-focussed film watching. Here are eight feature films, four fiction and four docs, directed … Continued

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Monday, February 26, 2018

From BIFA to BAFTA

The Changing Face of British Film Awards By Ben Dalton   The BAFTAs have passed for another year, and the most high-profile event in the British film calendar left few surprises. Most categories went the way of the bookies favourite, so much so that Best Actor presenter Salma Hayek slipped a joke about Frances McDormand … Continued

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

A Letter from the BIFA Board

By Chairman of the BIFA Board of Directors, Laurence Green.   Like the films it would go on to celebrate, the British Independent Film Awards started life as that slenderest of things: a mere idea.  When Elliot Grove and Suzanne Ballantyne decided quite spontaneously to hold a party in late 1998 in order to celebrate … Continued

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Friday, December 8, 2017

BIFA 2017: Discoveries

  In many ways, the Discovery Award is at the core of what BIFA does: dedicated to shining a light on the work of independent filmmakers that are working outside of the mainstream, it rewards innovation, uniqueness of vision, maverick filmmaking and risk-taking, generally in fiction films with a budget under £500k. Sponsored by the … Continued

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Diary of a BIFA voter

…There are more of us than you think!…   This has been my first year as a BIFA voter, and I’m so excited to have been part of this process of supporting independent British film. I was on the Best Director and Best Screenplay subgroup; for anonymity I won’t divulge my demographic, but I was … Continued

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