British Independent Film Awards Announced!

Audience favourite Pride has won best film at the British Independent Film Awards.

Now that the BAFTAs have morphed into a celebration of cinema on an international level, the Oscars with a slight Euro accent if you like, the BIFAs have become by default the true industry awards for British film.

Pride, already a critical and commercial hit here in Oz, beat Oscar contenders The Imitation Game and Mr Turner, both due to open in the coming weeks. The most nominated film ’71, won only one award for best director.

Aussie film The Babadook was nominated for best international independent film but lost out to Boyhood.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Best Independent Film


Best Director

Yann Demange – ’71

Best Actor

Brendan Gleeson – Calvary

Best Actress

Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle

Best Supporting Actor

Andrew Scott – Pride

Best Supporting Actress

Imelda Staunton – Pride

Best Screenplay

Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan – Frank

Best Debut Director

Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard – 20,000 Days on Earth

Most Promising Newcomer

Sameena Jabeen Ahmed – Catch Me Daddy

Best Technical Achievement

Stephen Rennick (Music) – Frank

Best Documentary

Next Goal Wins

Best Achievement in Production

The Goob

Best International Independent Film


Best British Short

The Karman Line

Special Jury Prize

John Boorman

The Variety Award

Benedict Cumberbatch

Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Film by an Actor

Emma Thompson


71 releases in Australia on March 15, 2015 through Entertainment One.

Mr Turner opens on Boxing Day through Intermission.

The Imitation Game opens on New Years Day through Roadshow.