British talent turned out last night 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.
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.
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. – Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund