BIFA to bring 2015’s nominated Films into Cinemas across the UK
BIFA-nominated films including 45 Years, The Lobster, Macbeth, Amy and Ex Machina will be available in cinemas nationwide from 23 November in a special public screenings event
The British Independent Film Awards announced today it will be offering film fans across the country the opportunity to see a selection of films that will be contending for awards at this year’s Moët BIFAs on 6 December, through a unique screenings programme.
With the backing of major cinema chains, BIFA will introduce this year’s most outstanding British independent films to mainstream audiences who may have missed the chance to see them when they were on general release. The special programme will also offer audiences the opportunity to see exclusive previews of some of the nominated films yet to hit cinemas.
20 cinemas in 17 towns will be participating in this landmark series of public screenings from 23 November to 3 December. Vue cinemas will be showing four of the films nominated for Best British Independent Film – 45 Years; Amy; The Lobster and Macbeth. Showcase and Curzon cinemas will also be hosting previews and films that haven’t previously played at their cinemas.
bifa.film will also be directing film fans to the nominated films that are currently available on VOD, DVD and in cinemas so that as many as possible of the films shortlisted for this year’s Awards are available to the general public.
BIFA chairman Laurence Green said: “BIFA is delighted to be making it possible for the public to see these films before the winners are announced, bringing them to cinemas right across the UK and so giving audiences the chance to discover the very best of British film for themselves. The BFI has long been a supporter of BIFA and we are grateful for their backing in bringing this ambitious programme to fruition.”
Ben Luxford, the BFI’s Head of UK Audiences said: “Audiences love British films and being able to support the film industry and BIFA in creating opportunities for more people to enjoy the best of independent British filmmaking is vital to ensuring to the UK has a vibrant film culture. We look forward to film fans being able to discover and enjoy the best of British cinema through this new programme.”
Distributors Lionsgate, Universal, Altitude, Curzon, Picturehouse, and StudioCanal are all participating and cinema chains Vue, Curzon, and Showcase are supporting the programme. Further support comes from the BFI, Motion Picture Solutions, Pearl and Dean and Powster.
About the Moët BIFAs
The Moët British Independent Film Awards highlight and reward the best, most innovative and creative independent filmmaking and filmmakers in the UK. We identify and encourage emerging talent, support and celebrate the independent film community and promote British film and talent to the public.
Now in its 18th year, the Awards were founded by Elliot Grove and Suzanne Ballantyne in 1998, who also founded the Raindance Film Festival in 1993. Previous winners of the prestigious Best British Independent Film Award include Pride, Metro Manila, Tyrannosaur, The King’s Speech, Moon, Control, Slumdog Millionaire, The Constant Gardener and This Is England.
Proud patrons of the British Independent Film Awards include Mike Figgis, Tom Hollander, Adrian Lester, Ken Loach, Ewan McGregor, Helen Mirren, Samantha Morton, James Nesbitt, Michael Sheen, Trudie Styler, Tilda Swinton, Meera Syal, David Thewlis, Ray Winstone and Michael Winterbottom.
The BFI Film Fund
With over £30 million of Lottery funding to invest each year, the BFI is the UK's largest public investor in film, and the BFI Film Fund supports first-class British filmmaking from talent and project development, through production, to audience development across exhibition, distribution and international sales.
Films supported by the BFI Film Fund include John Crowley’s Brooklyn, which is topping the UK’s independent films on release; Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette, which is playing to audiences UK-wide to huge success at the UK box office following its premiere at the BFI London Film Festival; ,Sean McAllister's A Syrian Love Story, which won the Grand Jury prize at Sheffield Doc/Fest and has just been released; Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster which premiered In Competition at Cannes in May and has just topped £1 million at the UK box office; Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years which won Silver Bear awards for Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay at the Berlin Film Festival and became the first film in the UK to gross over £1 million with a simultaneous theatrical and online release; Scott Graham’s Iona which screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival; John Maclean’s Slow West, Louise Osmond’s Dark Horse and Jerry Rothwell’s How to Change the World which premiered with Brooklyn at Sundance.
Highly anticipated films backed by the BFI include Ben Wheatley’s High Rise; Terence Davies’ Sunset Song; John Michael McDonagh's War On Everyone; Andrea Arnold’s American Honey; Colm McCarthy’s She Who Brings Gifts; and Pete Travis’ City of Tiny Lights.
About the BFI
The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:
• Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
• Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
• Championing emerging and world class film makers in the UK - investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
• Promoting British film and talent to the world
• Growing the next generation of film makers and audiences