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British Independent Film Awards 2016 – Nominations

After festival season, comes award season where we get to celebrate everything so deliciously brilliant in festival season. Yes, the year never stops for those rotating within the film industry so our joys and glee come from awards ceremony and adorning those who make brilliant films with stunning awards.

The best awards, however, are definitely the independents. More specifically the British Independent Film Awards who have been consistently superb at nominating the incredible, smaller talents that you may have missed this but were, definitely, the best.

There are big contenders for the BIFAs this year. I, Daniel Blake, Couple in a Hole, Under the Shadow, and American Honey all score big with Best British Independent  Film, Best Director, and Acting Awards. Other hot movies nominated include My Feral Heart, Adult Life Skills, and Notes on a Blindness.

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That’s great, but we’re truly excited about these nominations. I Am Not A Serial Killer, a 35mm horror film, has accrued some stellar nominations but, most importantly, the young Max Records has been nominated for, what can only be described as, one of the best performances of the year. Hunt for the Wilderpeople has the Best International Feature alongside Moonlight, Mustang, and Manchester-by-the-Sea. Whilst The Hard Stop definitely has to scope up the award for Best Documentary.

Here is the full list of nominations:

 

Best British Independent  

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
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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

Kate Dickie – A Couple in a Hole

Sasha Lane – American Honey

Hayley Squires – I, Daniel Blake

Narges Rashidi – Under the Shadow

 

Best Supporting Actor

Brett Goldstein – Adult Life Skills

Jamie Dornan – Anthropoid

Christopher 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

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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

Dancer

The Hard Stop

Notes on Blindness

Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach

 

Best International Independent Film

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Mustang

Moonlight

Manchester by the Sea

Toni Erdmann

 

Best British Short

Jacked

Mother

Over

Rate Me

The Wrong End of the Stick

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The Discovery Award (sponsored by Raindance)

Black Mountain Poets

The Darkest Universe

The Ghoul

Gozo

The Greasy Strangler

 

Breakthrough Producer

Michael Berliner – Adult Liffe Skills

Camille Gatin – The Girl With All The Gifts

Dionne Walker – The Hard Stop

Mike Brett & Jo Jo Ellison & Steven 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

John Cairns & Michael McCartney – A Patch of Fog

Ed Talfan – Yr Ymadawiad

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