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Nominees: 2016 British Independent Film Awards



The British Independent Film Awards, or BIFA as the commoners say, is fast becoming one of the most distinguished movie awards in the UK. The 2016 nominees were announced on 01 November, and Cannes winner I, Daniel Blake leads the field with seven nods.

American HoneyNotes on Blindness, Adult Life Skills and Under the Shadow all pick up six each, while the likes of Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea compete in the Best International Independent Film category.

The full nominations are listed below.


2016 BIFA Awards: The Nominees

Best British Independent Film
American Honey
Couple in a Hole
I, Daniel Blake
Notes on Blindness
Under the Shadow

Best Director
Andrea Arnold, American Honey
Ben Wheatley, Free Fire
Ken Loach, I, Daniel Blake
James Spinney & Pete Middleton, Notes on Blindness
Babak Anvari, Under the Shadow

Best Screenplay
Adult Life Skills
American Honey
I Am Not A Serial Killer
I, Daniel Blake
Under the Shadow

Best Actor
Shia LaBeouf, American Honey
Max Records, I Am Not A Serial Killer
Dave Johns, I, Daniel Blake
Steve Brandon, My Feral Heart
Michael Fassbender, Trespass Against Us

Best Actress
Jodie Whittaker, Adult Life Skills
Sasha Lane, American Honey
Kate Dickie, Couple in a Hole
Hayley Squires, I, Daniel Blake
Narges Rashidi, Under the Shadow

Best Supporting Actor
Brett Goldstein, Adult Life Skills
Jamie Dornan, Anthropoid
Chrostopher Lloyd, I Am Not A Serial Killer
Arinze Kene, The Pass
Sean Harris, Trespass Against Us

Best Supporting Actress
Gemma Arterton, The Girl With All the Gifts
Shana Swash, My Feral Heart
Naomie Harris, Our Kind of Traitor
Avin Manshadi, Under the Shadow
Terry Pheto, A United Kingdom

Most Promising Newcomer
Sennia Nanua, The Girl With All the Gifts
Hayley Squires, I, Daniel Blake
Dave Johns, I, Daniel Blake
Steve Brandon, My Feral Heart
Letitia Wright, Urban Hymn

The Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director)
Rachel Tunnard, Adult Life Skills
Pete Middleton & James Spinney, Notes on Blindness
Alice Lowe, Prevenge
Adam Smith, Trespass Against Us
Babak Anvari, Under the Shadow

Outstanding Achievement in Craft
Robbie Ryan, American Honey
Shaheen Baig, Free Fire
Seb Barker, The Girl With All the Gifts
Joakim Sundstrom, Notes on Blindness
Paul Monaghan & Mat Whitecross, Supersonic

Best Documentary
The Confession: Living the War on Terror
The Hard Stop
Notes on Blindness
Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach

Best International Independent Film
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Manchester by the Sea
Toni Erdmann

Best British Short
Rate Me
The Wrong End of the Stick

The Discovery Award
Black Mountain Poets
The Darkest Universe
The Ghoul
The Greasy Strangler

Breakthrough Producer
Michael Berliner, Adult Life Skills
Camille Gatin, The Girl With All the Gifts
Dionne Walker, The Hard Stop
Mike Brett & Jo Jo Ellison & Steve Jamison, Notes on Blindness
Paul Fegan, Where You’re Meant to Be

Debut Screenwriter
Rachel Tunnard, Adult Life Skills
Hope Dickson Leach, The Levelling
Simon Farnaby & Julian Barratt, Mindhorn
Ed Talfan, The Passing
John Cairns & Michael McCartney, A Patch of Fog

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