The British Independent Film Awards 2016 Nominees

The British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) of 2016 nominees have been announced, and Ken Loach’s welfare state drama I, Daniel Blake leads the way with 7 nominations including Best British Independent Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress.

Announced by British actors Ophelia Lovibond and Douglas Booth at the London EDITION this morning (1st Nov), this year’s BIFA list includes an impressive 6 nominations for Adult Life Skills, American Honey, Notes on Blindness and Under the Shadow, and has selected 32 different films from 130 submissions amongst its 16 categories.

It was previously announced that Naomie Harris would be the recipient of The Variety Award, which recognises an actor, director, producer or writer for bringing a global spotlight onto UK film. The Richard Harris award, which recognises outstanding contributions to British film and boasts the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis and Emma Thompson amongst its recipients, will be announced later this month.

The full list of nominees are:

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 International Independent Film
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 Director
ANDREA ARNOLD: American Honey
BABAK ANVARI: Under the Shadow
BEN WHEATLEY: Free Fire
KEN LOACH: I, Daniel Blake
PETER MIDDLETON, JAMES SPINNEY: Notes on Blindness

Best Screenplay
ANDREA ARNOLD: American Honey
BABAK ANVARI: Under the Shadow
BILLY O’BRIEN, CHRISTOPHER HYDE: I Am Not a Serial Killer
PAUL LAVERTY: I, Daniel Blake
RACHEL TUNNARD: Adult Life Skills

Best Actress
HAYLEY SQUIRES: I, Daniel Blake
JODIE WHITTAKER: Adult Life Skills
KATE DICKIE: Couple in a Hole
NARGES RASHIDI: Under the Shadow
SASHA LANE: American Honey

Best Actor
DAVE JOHNS: I, Daniel Blake
MAX RECORDS: I Am Not a Serial Killer
MICHAEL FASSBENDER: Trespass Against Us
SHIA LABEOUF: American Honey
STEVE BRANDON: My Feral Heart

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 Supporting Actor
ARINZÉ KENE: The Pass
BRETT GOLDSTEIN: Adult Life Skills
CHRISTOPHER LLOYD: I Am Not a Serial Killer
JAMIE DORNAN: Anthropoid
SEAN HARRIS: Trespass Against Us

Best Documentary
THE CONFESSION: LIVING THE WAR ON TERROR: Ashish Ghadiali, James Rogan
DANCER: Steven Cantor, Gabrielle Tana
THE HARD STOP: George Amponsah, Dionne Walker
NOTES ON BLINDNESS: Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison, Alex Usborne
VERSUS: THE LIFE AND FILMS OF KEN LOACH: Louise Osmond, Rebecca O’Brien

Outstanding Achievement in Craft
JOAKIM SUNDSTRÖM: Sound – Notes on Blindness
PAUL MONAGHAN, MAT WHITECROSS: Editing – Supersonic
ROBBIE RYAN: Cinematography – American Honey
SEB BARKER: Visual Effects – The Girl With All the Gifts
SHAHEEN BAIG: Casting – Free Fire

The Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director)
ADAM SMITH: Trespass Against Us
ALICE LOWE: Prevenge
BABAK ANVARI: Under the Shadow
PETER MIDDLETON, JAMES SPINNEY: Notes on Blindness
RACHEL TUNNARD: Adult Life Skills

Debut Screenwriter
ED TALFAN: The Passing (Yr Ymadawiad)
HOPE DICKSON LEACH: The Levelling
JOHN CAIRNS, MICHAEL McCARTNEY: A Patch of Fog
RACHEL TUNNARD: Adult Life Skills
SIMON FARNABY, JULIAN BARRATT: Mindhorn

Breakthrough Producer
CAMILLE GATIN: The Girl With All the Gifts
DIONNE WALKER: The Hard Stop
MICHAEL BERLINER: Adult Life Skills
MIKE BRETT, JO-JO ELLISON, STEVE JAMISON: Notes on Blindness
PAUL FEGAN: Where You’re Meant to Be

Most Promising Newcomer
DAVE JOHNS: I, Daniel Blake
HAYLEY SQUIRES: I, Daniel Blake
LETITIA WRIGHT: Urban Hymn
SENNIA NANUA: The Girl With All the Gifts
STEVE BRANDON: My Feral Heart

The Discovery Award
BLACK MOUNTAIN POETS: Jamie Adams, Jon Rennie
THE DARKEST UNIVERSE: Tom Kingsley, Will Sharpe, Tiani Ghosh, Jo-Jo Ellison
THE GHOUL: Gareth Tunley, Jack Healy Guttmann, Tom Meeten
GOZO: Miranda Bowen, Leo Scott
THE GREASY STRANGLER: Jim Hosking, Toby Harvard, Daniel Noah, Andrew Starke, Ant Timpson, Josh C Waller, Elijah Wood

Best British Short
JACKED: Rene Pannevis, Ashish Ghadiali, Jennifer Eriksson
MOTHER: Leo Leigh, Scott O’Donnell
OVER: Jörn Threlfall, Jeremy Bannister
RATE ME: Fyzal Boulifa, Taina Galis
THE WRONG END OF THE STICK: Terri Matthews, Chris Cornwell, Sam Bank

Source: BIFA