BIFA 2012 nominations announced

The nominations for the 15th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards were announced today at a ceremony hosted by actor and BIFA patron, Adrian Lester.

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Celebrating the best of British independent film in 2012, the BIFAs are supported this year by the BFI. Amanda Nevill, Chief Executive of the BFI, comments:

At 15 years old, the BIFAs are now firmly established as a key date in the UK film industry calendar and we’re delighted to be supporting this year’s awards. The BIFAs are the UK’s only awards focusing entirely on independent British films, as such they really help to shine a spotlight on the vast range and breadth of excellence in independent UK filmmaking – helping to promote independent British films to new audiences, and setting a focus on the Best of British just as the international awards season begins.

Broken picked up this year’s highest number of nominations. Its nine include Best Film, Best Director and Best Debut Director for Rufus Norris, Best Actor for Tim Roth and two Best Supporting Actor nods for Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear. Sightseers and Berberian Sound Studio both received seven nominations each.

Ten BFI Film Fund-backed titles were among the nominated films, receiving a total of 35 nominations:

  • The Angels’ Share
  • Berberian Sound Studio
  • Broken
  • Dreams of a Life
  • Ginger & Rosa
  • The Iron Lady
  • London: The Modern Babylon
  • Shadow Dancer
  • Sightseers
  • Spike Island

The full list of nominations can be read here.

The winners will be chosen by a jury of film industry professionals and talent, including:

Chair – Alison Owen (Producer), Adrian Hodges (Writer), Christine Bottomley (Actress), Danny Leigh (Film Critic), Iain Canning (Producer), Jamie Thraves (Director/Writer), Jina Jay (Casting Director), John Boyega (Actor), John Fletcher (Marketing Director, Paramount), Lesley Sharp (Actress), Maria Djurkovic (Production Designer), Michelle Eastwood (Producer), Nick Angel (Music Supervisor), Paul Franklin (SFX Supervisor), Tom Hiddleston (Actor), Tristan Goligher (Producer).

Joint Directors, The Moët British Independent Film Awards’ Johanna von Fischer & Tessa Collinson said:

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated Pre-Selection Committee who watched over 200 films in order to produce the 2012 Nominations, which once again reflect the diverse range of British film talent, and also welcome this year’s appointed independent Jury who will now spend the next month considering the nominated films.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by actor James Nesbitt on Sunday 9 December at Old Billingsgate in London.

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