BIFA Winners

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British talent turned out this evening for the 16th Moët British Independent Film Awards. The winners were announced at the star-studded ceremony, held at Old Billingsgate which was hosted by BIFA Winning actor James Nesbitt.

For the first time, the lucky winners took home the brand new iconic award designed by Fredrikson Stallard and created by Swarovski.  The awards ceremony was streamed live exclusively online at www.film3sixty.com/moetbifa

Best British Independent Film was won by METRO MANILA with the film’s director Sean Ellis picking up Best Director. Lindsay Duncan won Best Actress for LE WEEK-END and James McAvoy won Best Actor for FILTH. Imogen Poots collected her BIFA for Best Supporting Actress for THE LOOK OF LOVE and Ben Mendelsohn took home Best Supporting Actor for STARRED UP.

METRO MANILA won the most awards on the night, picking up three trophies for Best Achievement in Production and as previously mentioned Best Director award and Best British Independent Film.

Joint Directors, The Moët British Independent Film Awards Johanna von Fischer & Tessa Collinson said: “This year our independent jury had an extremely tough job, they were asked to choose from an impressive pool of talent and creativity in a year where the diversity of storytelling is more extreme than ever. Thanks to an independent film industry which encompasses so many different cultures, personalities, visions and voices, Britain is producing a new generation of fearless artists both behind and in front of the camera who represent that richness of our diverse British society. With so many of the films exploring themes about being less judgmental and more forgiving, this perhaps reflects a movement within British independent filmmaking that brings much hope for the future.”

As previously announced, Julie Walters was awarded the coveted Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution by an actor to British film, and Paul Greengrass the Variety Award, which recognises an actor, director, writer or producer who has helped to shine the international spotlight on the UK. The Special Jury Prize went to Sixteen Films & Friends (AKA Team Loach), in recognition of their contribution, bringing the work of Ken Loach to life.

Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund said: ‘this has been a standout year for British film and the BIFAs has once again kicked off the awards season in style, putting the wild creativity and bold storytelling of the UK’s independent sector centre stage. Congratulations to all the winners and to the BIFAs for doing such a great job of spotlighting so many brilliant filmmakers.’

Elsa Corbineau, Marketing Director Moët & Chandon commented: “As a long term supporter of British film, Moët & Chandon is delighted to share in the celebrations of tonight’s very well deserved winners. To toast the successes of 2013, guests joined us in creating a seven – foot champagne fountain to salute a year of amazing achievements.’

The Raindance Award was won by THE MACHINE. Elliot Grove, Founder of BIFA and the Raindance Film Festival added: “The breadth, scope and quality of this year’s nominated films shows that British independent films and talent are not only the talk of the town but the talk of audiences everywhere.”

The Moët British Independent Film Awards are proud to announce the following winners for 2013:

 

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM 

Sponsored by Moët & Chandon

Metro Manila

 

BEST DIRECTOR 

Sponsored by AllCity & Intermission

Sean Ellis – Metro Manila

 

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR] 

Sponsored by 3 Mills Studios

Paul Wright – For Those in Peril

 

BEST SCREENPLAY 

Steven Knight – Locke

 

BEST ACTRESS  

Sponsored by M.A.C Cosmetics

Lindsay Duncan – Le Week-end

 

BEST ACTOR

Sponsored by BBC Films  

James McAvoy – Filth

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Imogen Poots – The Look Of Love

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 

Sponsored by Sanderson & St Martins Lane

Ben Mendelsohn – Starred Up

 

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER 

Sponsored by Studiocanal

Chloe Pirrie – Shell  

 

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION 

Sponsored by Company3

Metro Manila

 

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT 

Sponsored by LightBrigade Media

Amy Hubbard – Casting – The Selfish Giant

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer

 

BEST BRITISH SHORT 

Supported by BFI NET.WORK

Z1

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM

Blue is the Warmest Colour

 

 

THE RAINDANCE AWARD 

Sponsored by Wentworth Media and Arts 

The Machine

 

 

THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution by an actor to British Film)

Julie Walters

 

THE VARIETY AWARD

Paul Greengrass

 

THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE 

Sixteen Films & Friends (AKA Team Loach)

 

Proud supporters and patrons of The Moët British Independent Film Awards include Mike Figgis, Tom Hollander, Adrian Lester, Ken Loach, Ewan McGregor, Helen Mirren, Samantha Morton, James Nesbitt, Michael Sheen, Trudie Styler, Tilda Swinton, Meera Syal, David Thewlis, Ray Winstone and Michael Winterbottom.

The Moët British Independent Film Awards would like to thank all its supporters, especially: Moët & Chandon, BFI NET.WORK, 3 Mills Studios, BBC Films, Company 3, M.A.C Cosmetics, Raindance, Sanderson & St Martins Lane – Morgans Hotel Group, Soho House, Studiocanal, Swarovski, Variety, Wentworth Media and Arts, LightBrigade, AllCity and Intermission.

 

Created by Raindance

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