Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, directors of The Moët British Independent Film Awards announced today that this year’s awards at Old Billingsgate on Sunday 4th December, 2011, will be streamed live on LOVEFiLM.com, Europe’s largest subscription service streaming movies and TV episodes over the internet and sending DVDs by post.. It is the first time ever that the annual event has been broadcast on the internet live.
The Moët BIFAs will be the first awards ceremony to be streamed by LOVEFiLM. The exclusive broadcast will include live coverage from the red carpet as the nominees, presenters and guests arrive at the venue, followed by a live stream of the awards ceremony which last year saw Colin Firth receiving the Best Actor Award, Carey Mulligan pick up Best Actress and THE KING'S SPEECH win the Moët Best British Independent Film Award.
Visitors at LOVEFiLM will be able to tweet their questions to the stars as they walk down the red carpet and see their answers live as they are interviewed. Reactions from the winners as they come off stage will be tweeted directly to followers of LOVEFiLM’s twitter feed @LOVEFiLM #MoetBIFAs making their users the first in line to hear from the talent as they step off stage.
Johanna von Fisher and Tessa Collinson said: “LOVEFiLM couldn’t be a more fitting partner for us and we are thrilled that true fans of British cinema will be able to watch all the action as it unfolds on the night. It is also a great opportunity to introduce a wider audience to independent cinema, hopefully shining the light on those films with smaller marketing budgets”
Helen Cowley, Head of Editorial & Digital Content at LOVEFiLM UK added: “In a first for LOVEFiLM we are delighted to be working with the Moët British Independent Film Awards on this unique partnership. Bringing this great event to the screens of our 1.7million subscribers and beyond. We’re looking forward to a fantastic night!”
In addition to the live streaming of the arrivals and the awards ceremony, LOVEFiLM will be launching the BIFA Winners Collection on the website, where previous winners of the Best British Independent Film Award including films such as MOON, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, CONTROL, VERA DRAKE and SEXY BEAST will be available for users to download, providing them with an opportunity to rediscover the very best in British independent filmmaking
LOVEFiLM will be streaming live coverage from Old Billingsgate of the Moët British Independent Film Awards from 6.30pm on Sunday 4th December 2011 at www.lovefilm.com/MBIFA
Nominations for this year’s awards will be announced on Monday 31st October, 2011.
Now in its 14th year, the Awards were created in 1998 and set out to celebrate merit and achievement in independently funded British filmmaking, to honour new talent, and to promote British films and filmmaking to a wider public.
Previous winners of the coveted Best British Independent Film award include The King’s Speech, Moon, Control, Slumdog Millionaire, The Constant Gardener and This is England.
Recognised for its quality and prestige, Moët & Chandon is the champagne of choice for celebration at international film festivals. The venerable house has captured the attention of Hollywood’s brightest stars since the birth of the film industry. Generations of legendary actors, actresses, producers and directors have celebrated their achievements with Moët & Chandon at the most significant and exclusive cinema events, including the OscarsÒ & Golden GlobesÒ celebrations.
Proud supporters and patrons of The Moët British Independent Film Awards include Mike Figgis, Tom Hollander, Adrian Lester, Ken Loach, Ewan McGregor, Helen Mirren, Samantha Morton, Michael Sheen, Trudie Styler, Tilda Swinton, Meera Syal, David Thewlis, Ray Winstone and Michael Winterbottom.
The Moët British Independent Film Awards would like to thank all its supporters, especially: Moët & Chandon, The British Film Institute, 3 Mills Studios, BBC Films, The Creative Partnership, Deluxe142, Exile Media, M.A.C, Raindance, Soho House, Studiocanal, Swarovski, Variety, Working Title and Zander Creative.
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