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 Film – God’s Own Country
Best Screenplay – Alice Birch, Lady Macbeth
Best Director – Rungano Nyoni, I Am Not A Witch
Best British Short – Fish 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 Documentary – Almost 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!