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I, Daniel Blake leads with 7 nominations as Nominations for this year’s British Independent Film Awards are Announced

01 November 2016

I, Daniel Blake leads with 7 nominations

American Honey, Adult Life Skills, Notes on Blindness and Under the Shadow have 6 nominations each

The Girl With All the Gifts has 4 nominations

32 different British feature films have been nominated

I, Daniel Blake topped the list of nominations for the 2016 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) announced this morning by British actors Ophelia Lovibond and Douglas Booth at The London EDITION. 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.




2016 is a particularly strong year for new talent in the performance categories with Most Promising Newcomer nominees Dave Johns and Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake) and Steve Brandon (My Feral Heart) also nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress awards respectively. In the Best Actress category, Jodie Whitaker (Adult Life Skills) and Kate Dickie (Couple in a Hole) receive their second BIFA nominations, other nominees Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake), Narges Rashidi (Under the Shadow) and Sasha Lane (American Honey) are all nominated for the first time.

For Best Actor, Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake), Max Records (I Am Not a Serial Killer), Shia LaBeouf (American Honey) and Steve Brandon (My Feral Heart) are all first-time nominees. Michael Fassbender (Trespass Against Us) rounds off the Best Actor category, nominated for the third consecutive year with his sixth nomination, having previously won Best Actor for Hunger (2008) and Shame (2011). All those in the Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor categories are first time nominees with the exception of Sean Harris (Trespass Against Us) who is nominated in this category for the third consecutive year.




In the Best Director category American Honey Director Andrea Arnold receives her fourth BIFA nomination having won in the same category for Fish Tank in 2009. Ken Loach is nominated for I, Daniel Blake, his fifth BIFA nomination. Loach won in this category for My Name Is Joe in 1998 when he was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. Loach has also previously been recognised with a Special Jury Prize in 2006 when The Wind That Shakes the Barley was nominated for four awards and shared in the Special Jury Prize for Sixteen Films/Team Loach in 2013. Ben Wheatley is nominated for Free Fire, his fifth BIFA nomination: Wheatley won the Raindance Award for his feature film debut Down Terrace in 2009. Babak Anvari is nominated for the first time for Under The Shadow for which he is also nominated for The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director. Directing partners Peter Middleton and James Spinney also receive their first BIFA nominations for both Best Director and The Douglas Hickox Award for their debut Notes on Blindness.

The Richard Harris Award is to be announced in November. The award, introduced in 2002 in honour of Richard Harris, recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. Previous winners have been John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Julie Walters, Emma Thompson and Chiwetel Ejiofor in 2015.




As previously announced Naomie Harris 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.

Winners will be announced at the British Independent Film Award Ceremony on Sunday 4 December at Old Billingsgate.

For more information on the films nominated visit BIFA.




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 Director
ANDREA ARNOLD American Honey
BABAK ANVARI Under the Shadow
KEN LOACH I, Daniel Blake

Best Actress (sponsored by MAC Cosmetics)
KATE DICKIE Couple in a Hole
NARGES RASHIDI Under the Shadow
SASHA LANE American Honey

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 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 Screenplay (sponsored by BBC Films)
ANDREA ARNOLD American Honey
BABAK ANVARI Under the Shadow
PAUL LAVERTY I, Daniel Blake
RACHEL TUNNARD Adult Life Skills

Best Actor
DAVE JOHNS I, Daniel Blake
MAX RECORDS I Am Not a Serial Killer
SHIA LABEOUF American Honey

Best Supporting Actor
CHRISTOPHER LLOYD I Am Not a Serial Killer
SEAN HARRIS Trespass Against Us

NOMINATIONS BY FILM (Not included: Shorts & International)
Adult Life Skills  6 Gozo  The Passing 
American Honey  The Greasy Strangler  A Patch of Fog 
Anthropoid  The Hard Stop  Prevenge 
Black Mountain Poets  I Am Not a Serial Killer  Supersonic 
The Confession…  I, Daniel Blake  Trespass Against Us 
Couple in a Hole  The Levelling  Under the Shadow 
Dancer  Mindhorn  A United Kingdom 
The Darkest Universe  My Feral Heart  Urban Hymn 
Free Fire  Notes on Blindness  Versus… 
The Ghoul  Our Kind of Traitor  Where You're Meant to Be 
The Girl With All the Gifts  The Pass     
NOMINATIONS BY DISTRIBUTOR (Not included: Shorts)    
Bulldog  Lorton Entertainment 6 Universal/Focus 
I Am Not a Serial Killer  Adult Life Skills  American Honey 
Urban Hymn  Metrodome  3  Vertigo 
Curzon/AE  Black Mountain Poets  Hunt for the Wilderpeople 
Mustang  The Hard Stop  Under the Shadow 
Notes on Blindness  Miracle  Verve 
Dogwoof  The Darkest Universe  Couple in a Hole 
The Confession…  The Passing  Warner Bros.
Dancer  Pathé The Girl With All the Gifts 
Versus…  A United Kingdom  Other 
eOne  Picturehouse  The Ghoul 
I, Daniel Blake  The Greasy Strangler  Gozo 
Supersonic  Soda Pictures  The Levelling 
Icon  Toni Erdmann  Moonlight 
Anthropoid  StudioCanal  My Feral Heart 
LionsGate  Free Fire  A Patch of Fog 
The Pass  Manchester by the Sea  Prevenge 
Trespass Against Us  Mindhorn  Where You're Meant to Be  1
    Our Kind of Traitor     

About BIFA
The British Independent Film Awards highlight and celebrate the best independent British film and filmmakers and the best future prospects. We shine a light on and provide access to the best British independent film audiences have and haven’t heard of.

Nominees and winners are selected by the industry – every eligible film is watched and discussed, making BIFA the only truly credible source for the best in British independent film.

Previous winners of the prestigious Best British Independent Film Award include Ex Machina, Pride, Tyrannosaur, The King’s Speech, Moon, Control, Slumdog Millionaire and This Is England.

Proud patrons of the British Independent Film Awards are 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.

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All City, BBC Films, Champagne Taittinger, Film4, Hypergram, Intermission,
The London EDITION, MAC Cosmetics, NOWNESS, RSM, Soho House, Swarovski, Variety, Wiggin

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