Friday, September 25, 2020

The Story Behind the Story: Rocks | Production Design

#ThisIsourCinema BIFA caught up with Production Designer Alice Normington to explore the look and feel of Rocks’ East London setting with some exclusive images from set. BIFA: What are your favourite locations or sets in the film, why did you choose them? THE ROOFTOP ON THE COUNCIL ESTATE This is where the girls meet. This … Continued

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Story Behind the Story: Rocks | Casting

#ThisIsOurCinema BIFA takes a look behind the scenes of the Rocks casting process with Casting Director Lucy Pardee and Casting Associate Jessica Straker. The film follows teenager Rocks (Bukky Bakray) who fears that she and her little brother Emmanuel (D’angelou Osei Kissiedu) will be forced apart if anyone finds out they are living alone. With … Continued

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Monday, September 14, 2020

BIFA launches marketing campaign for British independent film

CAMPAIGN STARTS WITH SUPPORT FOR CINEMAS RE-OPENING IN 10 KEY LOCATIONS ALWAYS-ON PROMOTION WILL RUN UNTIL MARCH 2021, SUPPORTED BY THE BFI WITH FUNDS FROM THE NATIONAL LOTTERY Today, BIFA has launched an always-on campaign to support British independent film. The campaign will begin with advertisements on social channels aimed at encouraging young audiences to … Continued

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Covid-19 Update: BIFA 2020 entry deadline postponed

BIFA 2020 entry deadlines EXTENDED In response to the changing festival calendar and continued uncertainty over release dates, we’ve taken the decision to extend our entry deadline this year until 25 September (from 28 August). The announcement of longlists, nominations and winners will also shift, with new dates to be confirmed in the coming weeks. We want … Continued

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

BIFA Announce Innovative Springboard Programme for Emerging Filmmakers

#BIFASpringboard Open to all filmmakers longlisted in the BIFA Debut categories Participants offered free online and in-person training and peer-to-peer support Programme generously supported by ScreenSkills and Netflix We’re thrilled to announced our pioneering Springboard Programme for filmmakers longlisted in the BIFA debut categories of Debut Director, Debut Screenwriter, Breakthrough Producer and Discovery Award between 2018 … Continued

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Job Opportunity: Community and Communications Manager

BIFA is developing, testing and launching a programme of always-on digital marketing for independent film, in collaboration with exhibition, distribution and streaming platforms. The aim of the campaign will be to increase younger audiences’ engagement with independent film, both in cinemas and at home. This first phase of this programme will be to spearhead a … Continued

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Rules & Eligibility Updates 2020

entries to the british independent film awards 2020 ARE NOW OPEN. Here are key changes and updates to our rules and eligibility criteria that entrants should know about.   BIFA and COVID-19 We are committed to ensuring that we continue to support the British independent film community. We have adapted the way we work to … Continued

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Monday, March 30, 2020

#Lockdown: Where to Watch 200 BIFA-winning films online

Since 1998, 204 feature films have been awarded a BIFA. Here’s Where you can watch (nearly) all of them:   Tile Year Genre BFI Player Other platforms Amazon Prime Video iTunes Sky Google Play For Sama 2019 Doc 4OD Amazon Prime Video iTunes The Personal History of David Copperfield 2019 Only You 2019 Curzon Home … Continued

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Monday, March 30, 2020

#Lockdown: Watch BIFA-nominated shorts here

Check out some of the best British short films of the last 10 years:   THE DEVIL’S HARMONY Dir/Wri. Dylan Holmes Williams  –  Wri. Jess O’Kane  –  Prod. Nathan Craig NOMINEE – Best British Short Film, supported by BFI NETWORK, 2019 SERIOUS TINGZ Dir/Wri. Abdou Cissé  –  Wri. Kieran Kenlock  –  Prod. Matt Ellingham NOMINEE … Continued

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Job Opportunity: Awards & Events Coordinator

JOB DESCRIPTION BIFA is recruiting a full time member of staff to join its team. The Awards & Events Coordinator manages the viewing and voting process for the Awards and is responsible for all communications with entrants, voters and committees, as well as helping coordinate and manage other aspects of BIFA’s day-to-day activities and broader … Continued

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Monday, January 20, 2020


WORKING TITLE AMONGST RECIPIENTS OF 2020 EUROPEAN ARTIOS AWARDS JASON ISAACS TO HOST DINNER FOR BIFA-LONGLISTED NEW TALENT AND KEY INDUSTRY FIGURES   We are delighted to announce that we are once again partnering with the Casting Society of America (CSA) to celebrate their European Artios Awards in London. Guests at the event, hosted at … Continued

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Winners 2019

For Sama wins 4 awards including Best British Independent Film 5 BIFAs for The Personal History of David Copperfield Renée Zellweger wins Best Actress Ruthxjiah Bellenea wins Best Supporting Actress Josh O’Connor and Hugh Laurie named Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor Two awards each for Judy, The Last Tree and Only You   Documentary … Continued

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