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2021 BIFA Awards

Feb 21, 2021 10:44:37 AM / by Hélène Lambert

Sarah Gavron’s Rocks, Remi Weekes’ His House and Florian Zeller's The Father were the leaders at the 2021 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) with five, four and three awards respectively. The ceremony was hosted virtually by actor Tom Felton (Harry Potter series, Risen, Braking for Whales...) live from Wales, where he is filming Save the Cinema by Sara Sugarman. 

Founded in 1998 by Elliot Grove and Suzanne Ballantyne (who also created the Raindance Film Festival), The British Independent Film Awards highlight and reward the best, innovative and creative filmmaking and filmmakers in the United Kingdom. They encourage emerging talent and promote British film to the public.

Each year, the BIFA voters watch more than 300 registered films. After a discussion-based selection process, the long list and nominations are determined by secret ballot. Independent juries (leading professionals and talent from the British film industry) elect the winners in most categories

The winners in most categories are elected by independent juries (leading professionals and talents from the British film industry), newly appointed each year and uninvolved in the nominations process. The winners for Best British Independent Film, Best International Independent Film, The Raindance Discovery Award, Best British Short Film and the nine craft categories are decided by a confidential vote amongst all BIFA voters.


Full 2021 BIFA Winners:

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Best British Independent Film - Sarah Gavron,
Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson, Faye Ward, Ameenah Ayub Allen

Best Supporting Actor - D'angelou Osei Kissiedu

Best Supporting - Kosar Ali 

Most Promising Newcomer - Kosar Ali

Best Casting - Lucy Pardee


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Best Director - Remi Weekes

Best Actress - Wunmi Mosaku

Best Production Design - Jacqueline Abrahams

Best Effect - Pedro Sabrosa, Stefano Pepin

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Best Screenplay - Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton

Best Actor - Anthony Hopkins

Best Editing - Yorgos Lamprinos 


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Best British Short - Aneil Karia, Riz Ahmed, Tom Gardner


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The Raindance Discovery Award - Eva Riley,
Jacob Thomas, Bertrand Faivre, Valentina Brazzini


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The Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director) - Rose Glass

Best Cinematography - Ben Fordesman


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Debut Screenwriter - Riz Ahmed 

Best Music - Paul Corley


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Best Documentary - Jerry Rothwell, Jeremy Dear, Stevie Lee, Al Morrow

Best Sound - Nick Ryan, Ben Baird, Sara De Oliveira Lima 


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Breakthrough Producer - Irune Gurtubay


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Best International Independent Film - Chloé Zhao,
Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey

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Best Costume Design - Charlotte Walter 

Best Make-Up & Hair Design - Jill Sweeney

Find out about the complete 2021 BIFA winners list on Moonday! 

Written by Hélène Lambert

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