BIFA film nominations…….

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Well w’re slowly edging into the annual wards season starting with the BIFA’s ( British Independent Film Awards) and ‘I, Daniel Blake’ has topped the list of nominations. The film is nominated for Best British Independent Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Its stars Hayley Squires and Dave Johns are each nominated twice – for Best Actress and Best Actor, and competing against each other for Most Promising Newcomer.

The Best British Independent Film nominees for 2016 are American Honey (six nominations), Couple in a Hole (two nominations), I, Daniel Blake (seven nominations), Notes on Blindness (six nominations) and Under The Shadow (six nominations). Over 130 British films were submitted for consideration and 32 different British feature films have been nominated across the awards.

Naomie Harris (Skyfall, Spectre)  will receive The Variety Award, which recognises a director, actor, writer or producer who has made a global impact and helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK. Past winners include Kate Winslet, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Greengrass, Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh, Liam Neeson, Sir Michael Caine, Daniel Craig, Dame Helen Mirren and Richard Curtis to name a few.

If we go it’ll be to chaperone the Editor and keep him away from the bar. Winners will be announced on Sunday 4 December at Old Billingsgate.

Here’s a full list of the nominations:

Best British Independent Film

AMERICAN HONEY Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy, Pouya Shahbazian, Alice Weinberg, Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa

COUPLE IN A HOLE Tom Geens, Zorana Piggott

I, DANIEL BLAKE Ken Loach, Paul Laverty, Rebecca O’Brien

NOTES ON BLINDNESS Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison, Alex Usborne

UNDER THE SHADOW Babak Anvari, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh

Best International Independent Film

sponsored by Champagne Taittinger

HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE Taika Waititi, Carthew Neal, Matt Noonan, Leanne Saunders

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Kenneth Lonergan, Kimberly Steward, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck, Kevin J. Walsh

MOONLIGHT Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner

MUSTANG Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Alice Winocour, Charles Gillibert

TONI ERDMANN Maren Ade, Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Michel Merkt

Best Director

ANDREA ARNOLD American Honey

BABAK ANVARI Under the Shadow

BEN WHEATLEY Free Fire

KEN LOACH I, Daniel Blake

PETER MIDDLETON, JAMES SPINNEY, Notes on Blindness

Best Screenplay sponsored by BBC Films

ANDREA ARNOLD American Honey

BABAK ANVARI Under the Shadow

BILLY O’BRIEN, CHRISTOPHER HYDE I Am Not a Serial Killer

PAUL LAVERTY I, Daniel Blake

RACHEL TUNNARD Adult Life Skills

Best Actress sponsored by MAC Cosmetics

HAYLEY SQUIRES I, Daniel Blake

JODIE WHITTAKER Adult Life Skills

KATE DICKIE Couple in a Hole

NARGES RASHIDI Under the Shadow

SASHA LANE American Honey

Best Actor

DAVE JOHNS I, Daniel Blake

MAX RECORDS I Am Not a Serial Killer

MICHAEL FASSBENDER Trespass Against Us

SHIA LABEOUF American Honey

STEVE BRANDON My Feral Heart

Best Supporting Actress

AVIN MANSHADI Under the Shadow

GEMMA ARTERTON The Girl With All the Gifts

NAOMIE HARRIS Our Kind of Traitor

SHANA SWASH My Feral Heart

TERRY PHETO A United Kingdom

Best Supporting Actor

ARINZÉ KENE The Pass

BRETT GOLDSTEIN Adult Life Skills

CHRISTOPHER LLOYD I Am Not a Serial Killer

JAMIE DORNAN Anthropoid

SEAN HARRIS Trespass Against Us

Best Documentary

THE CONFESSION: LIVING THE WAR ON TERROR Ashish Ghadiali, James Rogan

DANCER Steven Cantor, Gabrielle Tana

THE HARD STOP George Amponsah, Dionne Walker

NOTES ON BLINDNESS Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison, Alex Usborne

VERSUS: THE LIFE AND FILMS OF KEN LOACH Louise Osmond, Rebecca O’Brien

Outstanding Achievement in Craft

JOAKIM SUNDSTRÖM Sound – Notes on Blindness

PAUL MONAGHAN, MAT WHITECROSS Editing – Supersonic

ROBBIE RYAN Cinematography – American Honey

SEB BARKER Visual Effects – The Girl With All the Gifts

SHAHEEN BAIG Casting – Free Fire

 

The Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director)

ADAM SMITH Trespass Against Us

ALICE LOWE Prevenge

BABAK ANVARI Under the Shadow

PETER MIDDLETON, JAMES SPINNEY Notes on Blindness

RACHEL TUNNARD Adult Life Skills

Debut Screenwriter – new for 2016

ED TALFAN The Passing (Yr Ymadawiad)

HOPE DICKSON LEACH The Levelling

JOHN CAIRNS, MICHAEL McCARTNEY A Patch of Fog

RACHEL TUNNARD Adult Life Skills

SIMON FARNABY, JULIAN BARRATT Mindhorn

Breakthrough Producer – new for 2016

CAMILLE GATIN The Girl With All the Gifts

DIONNE WALKER The Hard Stop

MICHAEL BERLINER Adult Life Skills

MIKE BRETT, JO-JO ELLISON, STEVE JAMISON Notes on Blindness

PAUL FEGAN Where You’re Meant to Be

Most Promising Newcomer
sponsored by The London EDITION

DAVE JOHNS I, Daniel Blake

HAYLEY SQUIRES I, Daniel Blake

LETITIA WRIGHT Urban Hymn

SENNIA NANUA The Girl With All the Gifts

STEVE BRANDON My Feral Heart

The Discovery Award
sponsored by Raindance

BLACK MOUNTAIN POETS Jamie Adams, Jon Rennie

THE DARKEST UNIVERSE Tom Kingsley, Will Sharpe, Tiani Ghosh, Jo-Jo Ellison

THE GHOUL Gareth Tunley, Jack Healy Guttmann, Tom Meeten

GOZO Miranda Bowen, Leo Scott

THE GREASY STRANGLER Jim Hosking, Toby Harvard, Daniel Noah, Andrew Starke, Ant Timpson, Josh C Waller, Elijah Wood

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