Winners of the twelfth annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) were announced last week for 2009 films. I'm thrilled to see high nods two of my favourite films of the year: science fiction at it's finished in Moon and gut-splitting comedy of In the Loop. Also well deserved love sent Tom Hardy's way as he snags the Best Actor award for Bronson.
Let's have a look at the winners.
Best British Independent Film
Andrea Arnold – Fish Tank
The Douglas Hickox Award, Best Debut Director
Duncan Jones – Moon
In the Loop – Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
Carey Mulligan – An Education
Tom Hardy – Bronson
Best Supporting Actress
Anne-Marie Duff – Nowhere Boy
Best Supporting Actor
John Henshaw – Looking for Eric
Most Promising Newcomer
Katie Jarvis – Fish Tank
Best Achievement in Production
Bunny and the Bull
Best Technical Achievement
Bright Star – Cinematography – Greig Fraser
Mugabe and the White African
Best British Short
Love You More
Best Foreign Film
Let the Right One In
The Richard Harris Award, for Outstanding Contribution to British Film
The Variety Award
Sir Michael Caine
The Special Jury Prize
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA 2009 from the BIFA website
"A film will be eligible for an Award if:
• It is intended for theatrical release, AND has had a public screening to a paying audience either on general release in the UK OR has screened at a British-based film festival between 1 December 2008 and 30 November 2009.
• Where there is any major studio substantially funding a film, the total budget must not exceed £10M.
• It has been produced or majority co-produced by a British company OR is in receipt of at least 51% of its budget from a British source or sources OR it qualifies as a British film under the DCMS guidelines AND includes sufficient creative elements from the UK.
• BIFA also consider foreign independent films for the Best Foreign Independent Film category. Foreign films must have a British theatrical release during the eligibility period stated above.
• Best British Short Film Award submissions: Any British short films that have won an award between 16 October 2008 and 15 October 2009 are eligible for consideration. A short film must be no longer than 40 minutes (including credits).
• Films that have been entered previously are not eligible. Re-issues of previously released films are not eligible.
• All films submitted for consideration are viewed by the Advisory Committee with the help of a nominated screening panel, who then decide the nominations by ballot.
• All nominated films will be viewed by the Jury. The winners will be decided by a secret ballot.
Full Eligibility Criteria may be viewed at: http://www.bifa.org.uk/rules"