THE 16TH MOËT BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS

London, Sunday 8th December – British talent turned out this evening for the 16th Moët British Independent Film Awards. The winners were announced at the star-studded ceremony, held at Old Billingsgate which was hosted by BIFA Winning actor James Nesbitt.

For the first time, the lucky winners took home the brand new iconic award designed by Fredrikson Stallard and created by Swarovski.  The awards ceremony was streamed live exclusively online at www.film3sixty.com/moetbifa


Best British Independent Film was won by METRO MANILA with the film’s director Sean Ellis picking up Best Director. Lindsay Duncan won Best Actress for LE WEEK-END and James McAvoy won Best Actor for FILTH. Imogen Poots collected her BIFA for Best Supporting Actress for THE LOOK OF LOVE and Ben Mendelsohn took home Best Supporting Actor for STARRED UP.


METRO MANILA won the most awards on the night, picking up three trophies for Best Achievement in Production and as previously mentioned Best Director award and Best British Independent Film.


Joint Directors, The Moët British Independent Film Awards Johanna von Fischer & Tessa Collinson said: “This year our independent jury had an extremely tough job, they were asked to choose from an impressive pool of talent and creativity in a year where the diversity of storytelling is more extreme than ever. Thanks to an independent film industry which encompasses so many different cultures, personalities, visions and voices, Britain is producing a new generation of fearless artists both behind and in front of the camera who represent that richness of our diverse British society. With so many of the films exploring themes about being less judgmental and more forgiving, this perhaps reflects a movement within British independent filmmaking that brings much hope for the future.”

As previously announced, Julie Walters was awarded the coveted Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution by an actor to British film, and Paul Greengrass the Variety Award, which recognises an actor, director, writer or producer who has helped to shine the international spotlight on the UK. The Special Jury Prize went to Sixteen Films & Friends (AKA Team Loach), in recognition of their contribution, bringing the work of Ken Loach to life.

Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund said: ‘this has been a standout year for British film and the BIFAs has once again kicked off the awards season in style, putting the wild creativity and bold storytelling of the UK’s independent sector centre stage. Congratulations to all the winners and to the BIFAs for doing such a great job of spotlighting so many brilliant filmmakers.’

Elsa Corbineau, Marketing Director Moët & Chandon commented: “As a long term supporter of British film, Moët & Chandon is delighted to share in the celebrations of tonight’s very well deserved winners. To toast the successes of 2013, guests joined us in creating a seven – foot champagne fountain to salute a year of amazing achievements.’

The Raindance Award was won by THE MACHINE. Elliot Grove, Founder of BIFA and the Raindance Film Festival added: “The breadth, scope and quality of this year’s nominated films shows that British independent films and talent are not only the talk of the town but the talk of audiences everywhere.”

The Moët British Independent Film Awards are proud to announce the following winners for 2013 (highlighted below in red): 

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM

Sponsored by Moët & Chandon 

Metro Manila

Philomena

The Selfish Giant

Starred Up

Le Week-end


BEST DIRECTOR

Sponsored by AllCity & Intermission

Jon S Baird – Filth 

Clio Barnard – The Selfish Giant

Sean Ellis – Metro Manila

Jonathan Glazer – Under the Skin

David Mackenzie – Starred Up


THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]

Sponsored by 3 Mills Studios

Charlie Cattrall – Titus

Tina Gharavi – I Am Nasrine

Jeremy Lovering – In Fear

Omid Nooshin – Last Passenger

Paul Wright – For Those in Peril


BEST SCREENPLAY

Jonathan Asser – Starred Up

Clio Barnard – The Selfish Giant

Steven Knight – Locke 

Hanif Kureishi – Le Week-end

Jeff Pope, Steve Coogan – Philomena 


BEST ACTRESS 

Sponsored by M.A.C Cosmetics

Judi Dench – Philomena 

Lindsay Duncan – Le Week-end

Scarlett Johansson – Under the Skin

Felicity Jones – The Invisible Woman

Saoirse Ronan – How I Live Now


BEST ACTOR

Sponsored by BBC Films 

Jim Broadbent – Le Week-end

Steve Coogan – Philomena 

Tom Hardy – Locke

Jack O’Connell – Starred Up

James McAvoy – Filth 


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Siobhan Finneran – The Selfish Giant

Shirley Henderson – Filth 

Imogen Poots – The Look Of Love

Kristin Scott Thomas – The Invisible Woman

Mia Wasikowska – The Double


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Sponsored by Sanderson & St Martins Lane 

John Arcilla – Metro Manila

Rupert Friend – Starred Up

Jeff Goldblum – Le Week-end

Eddie Marsan – Filth 

Ben Mendelsohn – Starred Up


MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER

Sponsored by Studiocanal

Harley Bird – How I Live Now

Conner Chapman / Shaun Thomas – The Selfish Giant

Caity Lotz – The Machine

Jake Macapagal – Metro Manila

Chloe Pirrie – Shell 


BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

Sponsored by Company3

A Field in England

Filth

Metro Manila

The Selfish Giant

Starred Up


BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Sponsored by LightBrigade Media

Shaheen Baig – Casting – Starred Up

Johnnie Burn – Sound Design – Under the Skin

Amy Hubbard – Casting – The Selfish Giant

Mica Levi – Music – Under the Skin

Justine Wright – Editing – Locke 


BEST DOCUMENTARY 

Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer

The Great Hip Hop Hoax

The Moo Man

The Spirit of ’45

The Stone Roses: Made of Stone


BEST BRITISH SHORT

Supported by BFI NET.WORK

L’Assenza

Dr Easy

Dylan’s Room

Jonah

Z1 


BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM

Blue is the Warmest Colour

Blue Jasmine

Frances Ha

The Great Beauty

Wadjda


THE RAINDANCE AWARD

Sponsored by Wentworth Media and Arts

Everyone’s Going to Die

The Machine

The Patrol

Sleeping Dogs

Titus


THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution by an actor to British Film)

Julie Walters


THE VARIETY AWARD

Paul Greengrass


THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

Sixteen Films & Friends (AKA Team Loach)


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, James Nesbitt, 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, BFI NET.WORK, 3 Mills Studios, BBC Films, Company 3, M.A.C Cosmetics, Raindance, Sanderson & St Martins Lane – Morgans Hotel Group, Soho House, Studiocanal, Swarovski, Variety, Wentworth Media and Arts, LightBrigade, AllCity and Intermission.




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