October 25th 2006
BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS ANNOUNCE NOMINATIONS
9TH ANNUAL BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS ANNOUNCE NOMINATIONS AND JURY TODAY AT SOHO HOUSE
In its ninth year, the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) has established itself as one of the most important awards ceremonies in the British film industry and is regarded as a kick-off to the Awards Season. BIFA prides itself on providing a platform for up and coming talent and this year has increased the number of nominations in the Most Promising Newcomer Category as there was so much talent to choose from. BIFA is also excited to unveil its new jury, comprised of professionals and talents from across the British film industry.
BIFA are proud to announce the following nominees for this years awards:
BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM The Last King of Scotland The Queen Red Road This is England The Wind That Shakes the Barley
BEST DIRECTORSPONSORED BY THE CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPKevin Macdonald The Last King of ScotlandStephen Frears The QueenMichael Caton Jones Shooting DogsShane Meadows This is EnglandKen Loach The Wind that Shakes the Barley
BEST ACTOR Forest Whitaker The Last King of ScotlandPeter OToole Venus Cillian Murphy The Wind that Shakes the Barley Tony Curran Red Road James McAvoy The Last King of Scotland
BEST ACTRESSSPONSORED BY MACHelen Mirren - The QueenKate Dickie Red RoadFrances de la Tour The History BoysRobin Wright Penn Breaking & EnteringJuliette Binoche Breaking & Entering
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR / ACTRESS Martin Compston Red Road Leslie Phillips Venus Vanessa Redgrave Venus Joseph Gilgun This is England Stephen Graham This is England MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER (ON SCREEN)SPONSORED BY DIESELJodie Whittaker - VenusThomas Turgoose This is EnglandSamuel Barnett The History BoysHarry and Luke Treadaway Brothers of the HeadDominic Cooper The History BoysRafi Gavron Breaking & Entering
BEST SCREENPLAY SPONSORED BY BBC FILMSAlan Bennett The History Boys Peter Morgan The Queen Hanif Kureishi Venus Shane Meadows This is England Peter Morgan & Jeremy Brock The Last King of Scotland
BEST FOREIGN INDEPENDENT FILMVolverHidden (Cache)The Beat My Heart SkippedBrickHard Candy
THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD(BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR) Menhaj Huda - Kidulthood Paul Andrew Williams London to BrightonAndrea Arnold Red Road Tom Vaughan Starter For Ten Caradog W James Little White Lies
BEST BRITISH DOCUMENTARYThe Road to GuantanamoBlindsightThe Great Happiness SpaceThe Perverts Guide To CinemaUnknown White Male
BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT SPONSORED BY SKILLSET The Last King of Scotland Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle This is England Music: Ludovico Einaudi (Original Music) The Wind That Shakes The Barley Cinematography: Barry Ackroyd The Queen Make-Up: Daniel PhillipsThe Queen Production Design: Alan MacDonald
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTIONSPONSORED BY RECORDED PICTURE COMPANYLondon to BrightonKidulthoodShooting DogsThe Road to GuantanamoSeverance
BEST BRITISH SHORT Cubs Ex MemoriaThe 10th Man Who I Am & What I WantAt the End of the Sentence
THE RAINDANCE AWARDSPONSORED BY RAINDANCEThe Ballad of AJ WebermanLondon to BrightonScenes of a Sexual Nature
BEST 15 SECOND SHORTSPONSORED BY NOKIAChrysanthemums the WordWhats the Point?Fate and Mr McKinleyDeath of the DinosaursAh, Youth
THE VARIETY UK PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Helen Mirren THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO BRITISH FILM BY AN ACTOR)SPONSORED BY BUENA VISTA INTERNATIONALTo be Announced
THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZESPONSORED BY THE UK FILM COUNCILTo be Announced
This years jury, which will be chaired by Sandy Lieberson, consists of Reuben Barnes, Martin Childs, Anne V Coates, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Alan Cumming, Leo Davis, Anna Friel, Jason Isaacs, Mick Jones, Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory, Damien ODonnell, Kelly Reilly, Martin Sherman and Colin Salmon.
The much anticipated awards ceremony will take place on 29th November 2006 at the Hammersmith Palais in West London. The British Independent Film Awards, created by Raindance, are now under the newly appointed directorship of Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, who have jointly been involved with the running of the Awards since its inception in 1998. They say, We are really excited that the BIFAs are now regarded as the kick-off to the international awards season which culminates in the BAFTAs and Academy Awards in the Spring. The BIFAs also have a real purpose to promote British Independent film talent to an ever growing audience worldwide. Founder Elliot Grove is delighted with the progress that BIFA has made and more than happy with its two new directors. I am proud to have created the only true indigenous independent film awards in Britain back in 1998. The time is now right for BIFA to stand on its own and grow under the capable hands of Johanna and Tessa who between them have worked with me since the beginning.
Patrons of BIFA include Tilda Swinton, Ray Winstone, Mike Figgis, Tom Hollander, Adrian Lester, Ken Loach, Ewan McGregor, Samantha Morton, Bill Nighy, Trudie Styler, Meera Syal and Michael Winterbottom.
A film will be eligible for an Award if: It is intended for theatrical release, and has had a public screening to a paying audience either on general release in the UK or at a British-based film festival between 1st December 2005 and 30th November 2006. It is not solely funded by a single studio OR has a budget of £8M ($15M) or less. It has been produced or majority co-produced by a British company OR is in receipt of at least 51% of its budget from a British source or sources OR it qualifies as a British Film under the DCMS guidelines. When the majority of finance has come from a British source the film must also include sufficient creative elements from the UK. BIFA also consider foreign independent films for the Best Foreign Independent Film category. Foreign films must have a theatrical release during the eligibility period stated above. Films that have been entered previously are not eligible.
Inclusion and consideration of films that do not strictly comply with the above criteria will be subject to the discretion of the British Independent Film Awards Advisory Committee.
All films submitted for consideration are viewed by the Advisory Committee with the help of a nominated screening panel. The Advisory Committee then decide the nominations by ballot.
All nominated films are then viewed by the Jury.
For more information on BIFA rules please go to www.bifa.org.uk.
For further information, please contact Thomas Bunn or Nick Rogers at Mission on 020 7491 6680 or email email@example.com
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