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Long List announced: British Independent Film Awards celebrates Promising Newcomers including Ellie Kendrick

14 October 2016

This year’s Long List for Most Promising Newcomer features nine men and seven women from 12 British films

Long Lists in four further new talent categories, plus Outstanding Achievement in Craft, to be released next week

The British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) has revealed its long list for Most Promising Newcomer 2016. The award highlights outstanding new British acting talent who have had their first significant feature film role in a British independent film this year.

Most Promising Newcomer Long List 2016 sponsored by The London EDITION

Ako Ali – Undocument
Lucian Collier – Spaceship
Annes Elwy – Yr Ymadawiad
Ozzy Myers – Adult Life Skills
Dave Johns – I, Daniel Blake
Rachael Deering – Adult Life Skills
David Sillars – Seat in Shadow
Sennia Nanua – The Girl With All the Gifts
Ellie Kendrick – The Levelling
Steve Brandon – My Feral Heart
Hayley Squires – I, Daniel Blake
Will Rastall – My Feral Heart
Isabella Laughland – Urban Hymn
Will Sharpe – The Darkest Universe
Letitia Wright – Urban Hymn
Ziad Abaza – K-Shop

For more information about the longlisted performers, go to BIFA.




The long list was chosen by BIFA’s voters through a process of viewing and discussion followed by an online vote. Andrew Braidford, founder of The BWH Agency, chaired the sub-group charged with making the selections in this category. He commented “Our category was filled with a selection of fierce, eclectic and fascinating performances in a number of genres, which made our job extremely difficult. We feel the list is packed with a diverse and hugely talented group of actors who, having been given the opportunity, all shone within thought-provoking and high-quality British films”.

The final five nominations will be decided through another round of voting and will be announced on 1 November.

The long lists in the following categories will be released over the next week on www.bifa.film and on Twitter: @bifa_film and Facebook: Best British Short on Monday 17 October; The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director, Debut Screenwriter and Breakthrough Producer on Tuesday 18 to Thursday 20 October.




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.

For further information, visit BIFA.

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

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