BIFAs 2023: the nominations in full

Rye Lane, Scrapper, All of Us Strangers and How to Have Sex lead the nominations for this year’s British Independent Film Awards.

Rye Lane (2023)

Raine Allen-Miller’s Peckham-set romantic comedy Rye Lane has emerged as the frontrunner for this year’s British Independent Film Awards. Backed by the BFI Filmmaking Fund with National Lottery money, Allen-Miller’s directorial debut has picked up 16 nominations, including best British independent film, best director, best debut director and best joint lead performance for stars David Jonsson and Vivian Oparah.

Following with 14 nominations is another London-set debut – Charlotte Regan’s Scrapper. Regan is nominated as director, debut director and for her screenplay, while the joint lead performances of Lola Campbell and Harris Dickinson are likewise in the running. This BFI Filmmaking Fund backed title also competes for best British independent film.

Also on 14 nods is Andrew Haigh’s All of Us Strangers, a romantic fantasy teaming Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal. Scott is nominated as best lead, while Mescal, Claire Foy and Jamie Bell are all in the running for supporting performances. Haigh picks up best director and best screenplay nods.

The next highest scorer is How to Have Sex, Molly Manning Walker’s BFI-backed debut about a raucous girls’ clubbing holiday in Malia. Manning Walker finds herself nominated in the director, debut director and screenplay categories, while also picking up a nomination as the cinematographer of Scrapper.

Other BFI-backed films picking up nominations include The End We Start From (eight nominations), Pretty Red Dress, In Camera and Girl (two nominations each). Pretty Red Dress was also distributed by the BFI – one of four BFI Distribution titles getting nominations, alongside Joanna Hogg’s The Eternal Daughter, Mark Jenkin’s Enys Men and Edward Lovelace’s Name Me Lawand.

Among the nominated documentaries funded through BFI Doc Society are Is There Anybody out There?, If the Streets Were on Fire and The Taste of Mango. The short film Lions, funded through BFI NETWORK, competes for best British short.

Away from British cinema, the films competing for the best international independent film award are Justine Triet’s Palme d’Or winner Anatomy of a Fall, Aki Kaurismäki’s Fallen Leaves, Babak Jalali’s Fremont, Hirokazu Koreeda’s Monster and Celine Song’s Past Lives.

The winners will be announced on 3 December.

Best British independent film

All of Us Strangers – Andrew Haigh, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Sarah Harvey

Femme – Sam H Freeman, Ng Choon Ping, Myles Payne, Sam Ritzenberg

How to Have Sex – Molly Manning Walker, Ivana MacKinnon, Emily Leo, Konstantinos Kontovrakis

Rye Lane – Raine Allen-Miller, Nathan Bryon, Tom Melia, Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo, Damian Jones

Scrapper – Charlotte Regan, Theo Barrowclough

Best international independent film

Anatomy of a Fall – Justine Triet, Arthur Harari, Marie-Ange Luciani, David Thion

Fallen Leaves – Aki Kauriskmäki

Fremont – Babak Jalali, Carolina Cavalli, Marjaneh Moghimi, Sudnya Shroff, Rachael Fung

Monster – Hirokazu Koreeda, Yuji Sakamoto, Genki Kawamura, Kenji Yamada

Past Lives – Celine Song, David Hinojosa, Christine Vachon, Pamela Koffler

Best director

Raine Allen-Miller – Rye Lane

Sam H Freeman, Ng Choon Ping – Femme

Andrew Haigh – All of Us Strangers

Molly Manning Walker – How to Have Sex

Charlotte Regan – Scrapper

Best screenplay

Nathan Bryon, Tom Melia – Rye Lane

Sam H Freeman, Ng Choon Ping – Femme

Andrew Haigh – All of Us Strangers

Molly Manning Walker – How to Have Sex

Charlotte Regan – Scrapper

Best lead performance

Jodie Comer – The End We Start From

Mia McKenna-Bruce – How to Have Sex

Tia Nomore – Earth Mama

Nabhaan Rizwan – In Camera

Andrew Scott – All of Us Strangers

Tilda Swinton – The Eternal Daughter

Best supporting performance

Ritu Aryu – Polite Society

Jamie Bell – All of Us Strangers

Samuel Bottomley – How to Have Sex

Alexandra Burke – Pretty Red Dress

Amir El-Masry – In Camera

Claire Foy – All of Us Strangers

Paul Mescal – All of Us Strangers

Alia Shawkat – Drift

Shaun Thomas – How to Have Sex

Katherine Waterson – The End We Start From

Best joint lead performance

Lola Campbell, Harris Dickinson – Scrapper

David Jonsson, Vivian Oparah – Rye Lane

Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, George MacKay – Femme

The Douglas Hickox Award (best debut director)

Raine Allen-Miller – Rye Lane

Sam H Freeman, Ng Choon Ping – Femme

Savanah Leaf – Earth Mama

Molly Manning Walker – How to Have Sex

Charlotte Regan – Scrapper

Breakthrough producer

Theo Barrowclough – Scrapper

Georgia Goggin – Pretty Red Dress

Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo – Rye Lane

Gannesh Rajah – If The Streets Were on Fire

Chi Thai – Raging Grace

Breakthrough performance

Le’Shantey Bonsu – Girl

Lola Campbell – Scrapper

Priya Kansara – Polite Society

Mia McKenna-Bruce – How to Have Sex

Vivian Oparah – Rye Lane

Best debut screenwriter

Nathan Bryon, Tom Melia – Rye Lane

Sam H Freeman, Ng Choon Ping – Femme

Molly Manning Walker – How to Have Sex

Nida Manzoor – Polite Society

Charlotte Regan – Scrapper

Best debut director – feature documentary

Chloe Abrahams – The Taste of Mango

Sophie Compton, Reuben Hamlyn – Another Body

Ella Glendining – Is There Anybody out There?

Alice Russell – If The Streets Were on Fire

Christopher Sharp – Bobi Wine: The People’s President

The Raindance Maverick Award

If The Streets Were on Fire – Alice Russell, Gannesh Rajah

Is There Anybody out There? – Ella Glendining, Janine Marmot

Name Me Lawand – Edward Lovelace

Raging Grace – Paris Zarcilla, Chi Thai

Red Herring – Kit Vincent, Ed Owles

Best feature documentary

Another Body – Sophie Compton, Reuben Hamlyn, Isabel Freeman, Elizabeth Woodward

Bobi Wine: The People’s President – Moses Bwayo, Christopher Sharp, John Battsek

If The Streets Were on Fire – Alice Russell, Gannesh Rajah

Lyra – Alison Millar, Jackie Doyle

Occupied City – Steve McQueen, Bianca Stigter, Floor Onrust, Anna Smith Tenser

Best British short film

Christopher at Sea – Tom C J Brown, Laure Desmazières, Emmanuel-Alain Raynal, Pierre Baussaron, Amanda Miller, Hannah Stolarski, Nick Read, Emily-Jane Brown

Festival of Slaps – Abdou Cissé, Cheri Darbon, George Telfer

Lions – Beru Tessema, Ama Ampadu

Muna – Warda Mohamed, Angela Moneke, Simon Hatton

The Talent – Thomas May Bailey, Emma D’arcy, Ellen Spence

Best casting

Shaheen Baig – Scrapper

Kharmel Cochrane – Rye Lane

Kahleen Crawford – All of Us Strangers

Isabella Odoffin – How to Have Sex

Salome Oggenfuss, Geraldine Barón, Abby Harri – Earth Mama

Best cinematography

Olan Collardy – Rye Lane

Suzie Lavelle – The End We Start From

Molly Manning Walker – Scrapper

Jamie D. Ramsay – All of Us Strangers

James Rhodes – Femme

Best costume design

George Buxton – How to Have Sex

Oliver Cronk – Scrapper

Buki Ebiesuwa – Femme

Cynthia Lawrence-John – Rye Lane

PC Williams – The End We Start From

Best editing

Jonathan Alberts – All of Us Strangers

Victoria Boydell – Rye Lane

Paul Carlin – Bobi Wine: The People’s President

Avdhesh Mohla – High & Low: John Galliano

Arttu Salmi – The End We Start From

Best effects

Paddy Eason – Polite Society

Theodor Flo-Groeneboom – The End We Start From

Jonathan Gales, Richard Baker – The Kitchen

Best music supervision

Ciara Elwis – Femme

Connie Farr – All of Us Strangers

David Fish – Rye Lane

Best makeup and hair design

Zoe Clare Brown – All of Us Strangers

Claire Carter – Polite Society

Marie Deehan – Femme

Natasha Lawes – How to Have Sex

Bianca Simone Scott – Rye Lane

Best original music

Adam Janota Bzowski – Femme

Patrick Jonsson – Scrapper

Kwes – Rye Lane

Anna Meredith – The End We Start From

Ré Olunuga – Girl

Best production design

Laura Ellis Cricks – The End We Start From

Sarah Finlay – All of Us Strangers

Elena Muntoni – Scrapper

Nathan Parker – The Kitchen

Anna Rhodes – Rye Lane

Best sound

Ben Baird, Jack Wensley, Adam Fletcher, Alexej Mungersdorff – Scrapper

Steve Fanagan – How to Have Sex

Stevie Haywood, Joakim Sundström, Per Bostrom – All of Us Strangers

Mark Jenkin – Enys Men

Jens Rosenlund-Petersen, Amy Felton, Joe Jackson, Tim Cavagin, Lori Dovi – The End We Start From

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