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Winners of the British Independent Film Awards 2016 unveiled

Monday 05 December 2016

Yesterday the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) were announced, with the ceremony hosted by Jennifer Saunders at Old Billingsgate, London. ‘American Honey’ picked up four awards, with Best Director going to Andrea Arnold, lead actress Sasha Lane winning Best Actress, cinematographer Robbie Ryan being awarded Outstanding Achievement in Craft, and the film being announced as the Best British Independent Film of 2016. Ken Loach’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’ saw lead Dave Johns win Best Actor, while co-star Hayley Squires was named as Most Promising Newcomer.

Farsi-language film ‘Under The Shadow’ received three awards; director and writer Babak Anvari won the Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director, as well as Best Screenplay, and nine-year-old Avin Manshadi picked up Best Supporting Actress. Best Supporting Actor went to Brett Goldstein for ‘Adult Life Skills,’ while the film’s writer Rachel Tunnard won Best Debut Screenwriter. ‘Moonlight’ was named Best International Film, and ‘Notes on Blindness’ received the award for Best Documentary.


The nominations reflected a diverse array of talent, subject matter, and themes, with Dave Calhoun, Time Out’s Global Film Editor, commenting on the nominations for Best British Independent Film on BIFA’s website, “In a year when too many of our politicians have been stressing national borders over international co-operation – tragically demanding that we look inwards not outwards; even giving ‘independence’ a bad name – it’s comforting to see how three of tonight’s five nominated films are helping to redefine what British cinema is, and can be. These are stories set and shot beyond our coastline; stories immersed in cultures other than our own.”

Check out the full list of winners below:

Best British Independent Film
American Honey

Best Director
Andrea Arnold (American Honey)

Best Screenplay
Under the Shadow

Best Actor
Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake)

Best Actress
Sasha Lane (American Honey)

Best Supporting Actor
Brett Goldstein (Adult Life Skills)

Best Supporting Actress
Avin Manshadi (Under the Shadow)

Most Promising Newcomer
Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake)

The Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director)
Babak Anvari (Under the Shadow)

Outstanding Achievement in Craft
Robbie Ryan (American Honey)

The Richard Harris Award
Alison Steadman

Best Documentary
Notes on Blindness

Best International Independent Film

Best British Short

The Discovery Award
The Greasy Strangler

The Variety Award
Camille Gatin

Breakthrough Producer
Camille Gatin (The Girl With All the Gifts)

Debut Screenwriter
Rachel Tunnard (Adult Life Skills)