The big winner at this year’s British Independent Film Awards was London teen drama Rocks, winning five awards. including Best British Independent Film. It was followed by His House, which took four BIFAs.
The event was hosted in an online ceremony by actor Tom Felton, live from Wales where he is filming Save the Cinema for Sky Cinema. Of his role and the online nature of the ceremony, Felton observed: “I’m officially BIFA’s guinea pig, as we discard the rules of yesteryear.”
The BIFA Craft Awards were announced earlier this month.
In addition to bagging Best British Independent Film, Kosar Ali won awards for both Best Supporting Actress as well as Most Promising Newcomer, with co-star D’Angelou Osei Kissiedu winning Best Supporting Actor. Previously announced, Lucy Pardee won the award for Best Casting.
British horror His House was awarded multiple BIFAs, with Remi Weekes winning Best Director and Wunmi Mosaku winning Best Actress. The movie also took Best Production Design and Best Effects, going to Pedro Sabrosa and Stefano Pepin.
In addition to Rocks bagging Best British Independent Film, Kosar Ali won awards for both Best Supporting Actress as well as Most Promising Newcomer…
Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal in The Father won him Best Actor. It was one of three wins for the film, which also took home the awards for Best Screenplay and Best Editing.
Riz Ahmed won Debut Screenwriter for Mogul Mowgli, also written by Bassam Tariq, while Saint Maud director Rose Glass was awarded The Douglas Hickox Award for Debut Director.
The Breakthrough Producer trophy went to Irune Gurtubai for her work on Limbo, director Ben Sharrock’s look at the asylum experience on a remote Scottish island.
Jerry Rothwell’s documentary The Reason I Jump won Best Documentary. Best Short Film sponsored by the BFI Network went to Aneil Karia, Riz Ahmed and Tom Gardner for The Long Goodbye. The Raindance Discovery Award went to Perfect 10.
The only category of the night open to non-UK films, Best International Independent Film, was won by Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland.