Monday, January 13, 2020

Please read the following information before completing the form at the bottom of the page:

We think that it’s important that BIFA is genuinely representative of the film industry and open to new voices and new opinions, so we are constantly expanding our pool of voters. We are inviting film industry professionals who fit any of the following three criteria to register to vote with us:

  • Previous BIFA nominees and winners.
  • HoDs on BIFA-nominated films in the following categories: 
    • Best British Independent Film
    • Best Director
    • Best Actor / Best Actress
    • Best Supporting Actor / Best Supporting Actress
    • Best Documentary
  • Industry professionals who haven’t worked on BIFA-nominated films, but have significant (three or more years’) experience in independent feature film production in a creative capacity.

About half of our voters are asked to take part in ‘active’ duty (ie. voting for the nominations) each year. This means that voters can choose to stand down for a year or two if they’re too busy to commit time to the process.


Read a full description of our voting process here:

From our pool of over 500 voters around 250-300 are selected to take part in the first two rounds of voting, which narrow down all entries to the nominations through a rigorous selection process based around group discussion and individual voting.

The voters are divided into subgroups based on the award categories (e.g. Best British Film, Best International, Best Short etc.). The subgroups meet a few times throughout the process to discuss the films that they have seen.

Votes are then cast privately in two rounds, once to reach the longlist and once to reach the nominations. In calculating the results, BIFA takes into account the number of people who have seen a film.


All voters, including those who have not taken part in the first two rounds of voting, can vote for the winners in the following categories:

  • Best British Independent Film
  • Best International Independent Film
  • Best British Short Film
  • Craft categories (Casting, Cinematography, Costume Design, Editing, Effects, Make-up & Hair, Music, Production Design, Sound)

The winners in the other categories are decided by independent juries, newly appointed each year.


Registration is open all year round for BIFA voting. However, to be considered for 2020 nominations voting, get your form to us by 6pm on 1st March 2020.

Registrations received after that will be considered for 2020 winner voting.

Registrations are considered by BIFA’s Nomination Committee, who have final say over BIFA’s voting membership and rules.

Complete the voter registration form here:

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