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Winners announced for the British Independent Film Awards 2017

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God’s Own CountryLady Macbeth and The Death of Stalin were the big winners of the 2017 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) held at Old Billingsgate.

God’s Own Country won four BIFAs: Best British Independent FilmJosh O’Connor took home Best Actor and Francis Lee was named Best Debut Screenwriter, plus the previously announced Best Sound award.

Lady Macbeth added to its brace of awards announced earlier this month (Best Cinematography sponsored by Blackmagic Design and Best Costume Design) with trophies for Best Screenplay sponsored by BBC Films for Alice Birch, Best Actress sponsored by MAC  for Florence Pugh  and Most Promising Newcomer sponsored by The London EDITION for Naomie Ackie.

Simon Russell Beale was named Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Death of Stalin, which had previously been awarded Best Production DesignBest Make Up & Hair Design and Best Casting.

I Am Not a Witch won three awards on the night, Breakthrough Producer sponsored by Creativity Media for Emily Morgan and both The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director) and Best Director for Rungano Nyoni. This is only the second time a director has won both awards (the last was in 2007; Anton Corbijn for Control).

Patricia Clarkson won the Best Supporting Actress award for The Party.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won two BIFAs – for Best Editing and Best Music sponsored by Universal Music Publishing Group.

Almost Heaven, directed by Carol Salter, was named Best DocumentaryThe Discovery Award, sponsored by Raindance, went to In Another Life, the fictional story of a refugee set and shot in the jungle in Calais.

The Best British Short Film award, supported by BFI NETWORK, was presented to Fish Story.

The only category of the night open to non-UK films, Best International Independent Film sponsored by Champagne Taittinger, was won by Get Out and the award was collected by the film’s stars Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams.

The Special Jury Prize was presented to Femi Oguns MBE, founder of Identity School of Acting and Identity Agency Group. The jury praised his trailblazing work in tackling the lack of diversity on screens and absence of opportunity for BAME talent.

As previously announced Gary Oldman was presented The Variety Award by Kristin Scott Thomas in recognition of the global impact he has made throughout his career as an icon of British film and filmmaking. The Richard Harris Award was presented to Vanessa Redgrave by Richard Harris’ son Jared Harris and Vanessa’s daughter Joely Richardson. The award recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor

The twentieth BIFA ceremony was hosted by Mark Gatiss at Old Billingsgate.

BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS 2017 NOMINATIONS

 

Best British Independent Film

THE DEATH OF STALIN Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin, Yann Zenou, Kevin Loader, Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun

GOD’S OWN COUNTRY Francis Lee, Jack Tarling, Manon Ardisson

I AM NOT A WITCH Rungano Nyoni, Juliette Grandmont, Emily Morgan

LADY MACBETH William Oldroyd, Alice Birch, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI Martin McDonagh, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin

Best International Independent Film sponsored by Champagne Taittinger

THE FLORIDA PROJECT Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching Tsou

GET OUT Jordan Peele, Jason Blum, Edward H Hamm Jr, Sean McKittrick

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO Raoul Peck, James Baldwin, Hébert Peck, Rémi Grellety

LOVELESS Andrey Zvyaginstev, Oleg Negin, Gleb Fetisov, Sergey Melkumov, Alexander Rodnyansky

THE SQUARE Ruben Östlund, Erik Hemmendorff

Best Director

ARMANDO IANNUCCI The Death of Stalin

FRANCIS LEE God’s Own Country

MARTIN McDONAGH Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

RUNGANO NYONI I Am Not a Witch

WILLIAM OLDROYD Lady Macbeth

Best Screenplay sponsored by BBC Films

ALICE BIRCH Lady Macbeth

ARMANDO IANNUCCI, DAVID SCHNEIDER, IAN MARTIN The Death of Stalin

FRANCIS LEE God’s Own Country

MARTIN McDONAGH Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

RUNGANO NYONI I Am Not a Witch

Best Actress sponsored by MAC Cosmetics

EMILY BEECHAM Daphne

FRANCES McDORMAND Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

MARGARET MULUBWA I Am Not a Witch

FLORENCE PUGH Lady Macbeth

RUTH WILSON Dark River

Best Actor

JAMIE BELL Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

PADDY CONSIDINE Journeyman

JOHNNY HARRIS Jawbone

JOSH O’CONNOR God’s Own Country

ALEC SECAREANU God’s Own Country

Best Supporting Actress

NAOMI ACKIE Lady Macbeth

PATRICIA CLARKSON The Party

KELLY MACDONALD Goodbye Christopher Robin

ANDREA RISEBOROUGH The Death of Stalin

JULIE WALTERS Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Best Supporting Actor

SIMON RUSSELL BEALE The Death of Stalin

STEVE BUSCEMI The Death of Stalin

WOODY HARRELSON Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

IAN HART God’s Own Country

SAM ROCKWELL Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Most Promising Newcomer sponsored by The London EDITION

NAOMI ACKIE Lady Macbeth

HARRY GILBY Just Charlie

COSMO JARVIS Lady Macbeth

HARRY MICHELL Chubby Funny

LILY NEWMARK Pin Cushion

The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director)

DEBORAH HAYWOOD Pin Cushion

FRANCIS LEE God’s Own Country

THOMAS NAPPER Jawbone

RUNGANO NYONI I Am Not a Witch

WILLIAM OLDROYD Lady Macbeth

Debut Screenwriter

ALICE BIRCH Lady Macbeth

GABY CHIAPPE Their Finest

JOHNNY HARRIS Jawbone

FRANCIS LEE God’s Own Country

RUNGANO NYONI I Am Not a Witch

Breakthrough Producer sponsored by Creativity Media

GAVIN HUMPHRIES Pin Cushion

EMILY MORGAN I Am Not a Witch

BRENDAN MULLIN, KATY JACKSON Bad Day for the Cut

FODHLA CRONIN O’REILLY Lady Macbeth

JACK TARLING, MANON ARDISSON God’s Own Country

The Discovery Award sponsored by Raindance

EVEN WHEN I FALL Sky Neal, Kate McLarnon, Elhum Shakerifar

HALFWAY Ben Caird, Jonny Paterson

IN ANOTHER LIFE Jason Wingard, Hannah Stevenson, Rebecca Clare Evans, Chris Bouckley

ISOLANI R Paul Wilson, Lisa Hague

MY PURE LAND Sarmad Masud, Bill Kenwright

Best Documentary

ALMOST HEAVEN Carol Salter

HALF WAY Daisy-May Hudson

KINGDOM OF US Lucy Cohen, Julia Nottingham, Lucas Ochoa, Thomas Benski, Bill Rudgard

UNCLE HOWARD Aaron Brookner, Paula Vaccaro

WILLIAMS Morgan Matthews, Hayley Reynolds, Sarah Hamilton

Best British Short Film supported by BFI NETWORK

1745 Gordon Napier, Morayo Akandé, John McKay

FISH STORY Charlie Lyne, Catherine Bray, Anthony Ing

THE ENTERTAINER Jonathan Schey, Jodie Brown, Jun Bung Lee

WORK Aneil Karia, Scott O’Donnell

WREN BOYS Harry Lighton, John Fitzpatrick, Sorcha Bacon

Best Cinematography sponsored by Blackmagic Design

BEN DAVIS Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

DAVID GALLEGO I Am Not a Witch

TAT RADCLIFFE Jawbone

THOMAS RIEDELSHEIMER Leaning Into the Wind

ARI WEGNER Lady Macbeth

Best Casting

SHAHEEN BAIG Lady Macbeth

SHAHEEN BAIG, LAYLA MERRICK-WOLF God’s Own Country

SARAH CROWE The Death of Stalin

SARAH HALLEY FINN Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

DEBBIE McWILLIAMS Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Best Costume Design

DINAH COLLIN My Cousin Rachel

SUZIE HARMAN The Death of Stalin

SANDY POWELL How to Talk to Girls at Parties

HOLLY REBECCA I Am Not a Witch

HOLLY WADDINGTON Lady Macbeth

Best Editing

JOHNNY BURKE Williams

DAVID CHARAP Jawbone

JON GREGORY Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

PETER LAMBERT The Death of Stalin

JOE MARTIN Us and Them

Best Effects

NICK ALLDER, BEN WHITE The Ritual

LUKE DODD Journeyman

RONALD GRAUER, BERNARD NEWTON The Death of Stalin

DAN MARTIN Double Date

CHRIS REYNOLDS Their Finest

Best Make Up & Hair Design

JULENE PATON I Am Not a Witch

JAN SEWELL, MARK COULIER Breathe

NADIA STACEY Journeyman

NICOLE STAFFORD The Death of Stalin

SIAN WILSON Lady Macbeth

Best Music

CARTER BURWELL Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

FRED FRITH Leaning into the Wind

MATT KELLY I Am Not a Witch

PAUL WELLER Jawbone

CHRISTOPHER WILLIS The Death of Stalin

Best Production Design

JACQUELINE ABRAHAMS Lady Macbeth

CRISTINA CASALI The Death of Stalin

JAMES MERIFIELD Final Portrait

NATHAN PARKER I Am Not a Witch

EVE STEWART Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Best Sound

ANNA BERTMARK God’s Own Country

MAIKEN HANSEN I Am Not a Witch

ANDY SHELLEY, STEVE GRIFFITHS Jawbone

JOAKIM SUNDSTRÖM Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

IAN WILSON, BECKI PONTING Breathe

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