Wed. Sep 18th, 2019

2016 British Independent Film Award (BIFA) Nominations: I, Daniel Blake and American Honey Hit Big

Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake leads BIFA nominations with seven
Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake leads BIFA nominations with seven

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The 2016 British Independent Film Award nominations have been announced, with Ken Loach’s 2016 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or–winning I, Daniel Blake leading with a field-best seven nominations. So popular was Ken Loach with BIFA this year, a documentary the director and his films was also nominated. Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, Babak Anvari’s Under the Shadow (the UK’s submission for the Foreign Language Film Oscar this year) and Rachel Tunnard’s Adult Life Skills all received six nods apiece. Two American indies in the Oscar race, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight, were nominated in the International Independent Film category. Overall, more than 130 British films were submitted for consideration, with 32 British features receiving nominations.

Full list:

Best British Independent Film

American Honey
Couple in a Hole
I, Daniel Blake
Notes on Blindness
Under the Shadow

Best International Independent Film

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
Mustang
Toni Erdmann

Best Director

Andrea Arnold, American Honey
Babak Anvari, Under the Shadow
Ben Wheatley, Free Fire
Ken Loach, I, Daniel Blake
Peter Middleton and James Spinney, Notes on Blindness

Best Screenplay

Andrea Arnold, American Honey
Babak Anvari, Under the Shadow
Billy O’Brien and Christopher Hyde, I Am Not a Serial Killer
Paul Laverty, I, Daniel Blake
Rachel Tunnard, Adult Life Skills

Best Actor

Dave Johns, I, Daniel Blake
Max Records, I Am Not a Serial Killer
Michael Fassbender, Trespass Against Us
Shia Labeouf, American Honey
Steve Brandon, My Feral Heart

Best Actress

Hayley Squires, I, Daniel Blake
Jodie Whittaker, Adult Life Skills
Kate Dickie, Couple in a Hole
Narges Rashidi, Under the Shadow
Sasha Lane, American Honey

Best Supporting Actor

Arinze Kene, The Pass
Brett Goldstein, Adult Life Skills
Christopher Lloyd, I Am Not a Serial Killer
Jamie Dornan, Anthropoid
Sean Harris, Trespass Against Us

Best Supporting Actress

Avin Manshadi, Under the Shadow
Gemma Arterton, The Girl with All the Gifts
Naomie Harris, Our Kind of Traitor
Shana Swash, My Feral Heart
Terry Pheto, A United Kingdom

Best Documentary

The Confession: Living the War on Terror
Dancer
The Hard Stop
Notes on Blindness
Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach

Outstanding Achievement in Craft

Joakim Sundström, Notes on Blindness (sound)
Paul Monaghan and Mat Whitecross, Supersonic (editing)
Robbie Ryan, American Honey (cinematography)
Seb Baker, The Girl with All the Gifts (visual effects)
Shaheen Baig, Free Fire (casting)

The Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director)

Adam Smith, Trespass Against Us
Alice Lowe, Prevenge
Babak Anvari, Under the Shadow
Peter Middleton and James Spinney, Notes on Blindness
Rachel Tunnard, Adult Life Skills

Breakthrough Producer

Camille Gatin, The Girl with All the Gifts
Dionne Walker, The Hard Stop
Michael Berliner, Adult Life Skills
Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison and Steve Jamison, Notes on Blindness
Paul Fegan, Where You’re Meant to Be

Debut Screenwriter

Ed Talfan, The Passing
Hope Dickson Leach, The Leveling
John Cairns and Michael McCartney, A Patch of Fog
Rachel Tunnard, Adult Life Skills
Simon Farnaby and Julian Barratt, Mindhorn

Most Promising Newcomer

Dave Johns, I, Daniel Blake
Hayley Squires, I, Daniel Blake
Letitia Wright, Urban Hymn
Sennia Nanua, The Girl with All the Gifts
Steve Brandon, My Feral Heart

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