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British Independent Film Awards – Winners 2017!

The British Independent Film Awards is the film event of the year. You have your Oscars and your BAFTAs but if you love your cinema raw, passionate, and greatly made, then the BIFAs are for you. Now we finally have the winners, and it is good.

God’s Own Country walked away with the biggest prize of Best British Independent Film. Alongside scooping up the gong, it also won awards for Josh O’Connor (Best Actor,) Francis Lee (Best Debut Screenwriter,) and Best Sound.  Lady Macbeth scooped up the most awards with Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Francis Pugh,) Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, and Most Promising Newcomer for Naomi Ackie.

I Am Not A Witch scooped up awards for Direction and Debut whilst Simon Russell Beale won Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Death of Stalin. Best Documentary goes to Almost Heaven whilst Fish Story wins Best British Short!

Jordan Peele looks to be on a role this award season as Get Out scoops up Best International Independent Film. Hopefully, it smells Oscars.

Here are the full list of winners: 

Best British Independent FilmGod’s Own Country 

Best Screenplay – Alice Birch, Lady Macbeth

Best Director  – Rungano Nyoni, I Am Not A Witch 

Best British ShortFish Story 

Best Actor – Josh O’Connor, God’s Own Country

Best Actress – Florence Pugh, Lady Macbeth 


Best Supporting Actor – Simon Russell Beale, The Death of Stalin 

Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Clarkson, The Party 

Most Promising Newcomer – Naomi Ackie, God’s Own Country

The Discovery Award In Another Life 

The Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director) – Rungano Nyani, I Am Not A Witch 

Debut Screenwriter – Francis Lee, God’s Own Country

Best DocumentaryAlmost Heaven 

Breakthrough Producer – Emily Morgan, I Am Not A Witch

Best International Independent Film Get Out


Best Casting – Sarah Crowe, The Death of Stalin 

Best Cinematography – Ari Wegney, Lady Macbeth 

Best Costume Design – Holly Waddington, Lady Macbeth 

Best Editing – Jon Gregory, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Make-Up & Hair Design – Nicole Stafford, The Death of Stalin 

Best Music – Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 

Best Production Design – Cristina Casali, The Death of Stalin 

Best Sound – Anna Bertmark, God’s Own Country 

Best Effects – Nick Allder & Ben White

Variety Award – Gary Oldman

Richard Harris Award – Vanessa Redgrave


Congratulation to all the BIFA winners! 

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