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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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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Gold Rush: BIFA 2017 Box Office Analysis

Charles Gant celebrates a year of debut filmmaker breakout success at the UK box office   When the British Independent Film Awards nominations were announced on November 1, the achievement of three films in particular was obviously apparent. Many titles scored multiple nominations, but only Lady Macbeth, God’s Own Country and I Am Not a … Continued

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Best British Independent Film Panel: God’s Own Country

  Francis Lee’s emotional Yorkshire-set drama God’s Own Country took cinemas by storm earlier this year. Our panel, comprising of Variety UK Chief Critic Guy Lodge, director Chanya Button, producer Rienkje Attoh, actress Chloe Pirrie and casting director Amy Hubbard.    Like what you see? Subscribe to our Youtube channel to get more of these videos as … Continued

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

British Newcomers

  Newcomers are essential to the regeneration of cinema – they bring new stories, but also new ways of telling old stories. Fundamental to our ethos at BIFA is promoting those who do not have an extensive body of work behind them, but who have made something that shows skill, passion and promise for more … Continued

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Monday, December 4, 2017

BIFA 2017: Meet the Leads

  The nominees for Best Actor and Actress at BIFA 2017 are an exciting and diverse group of talents. Performing in nine different films, we have fighters, peacemakers, lovers and avengers, of ages ranging from 9 to 60 years old. In the time of Brexit and Trump-induced xenophobia, it’s pleasing to see four different nationalities … Continued

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Best British Independent Film Panel: The Death of Stalin

  The Death of Stalin is a roaringly funny take on a brutal time in history. Watch as BIFA voters Chanya Button, Rienkje Attoh, Chloe Pirrie, Amy Hubbard and host Guy Lodge discuss Armando Iannucci’s 13-time BIFA-nominated comedy.     Like what you see? Subscribe to our Youtube channel to get more of these videos … Continued

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Friday, December 1, 2017

BIFA 2017: Supporting Performers

What constitutes a supporting performance is a point of contention in film conversations. Is it screen time? Effect on the narrative? Perspective? At BIFA we believe supporting performances are fully-fledged characters in their own right, that do not take centre stage for the majority of the film but still give us an understanding of a … Continued

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