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2012 Moet British Independent Film Awards Nominations Announced

Ben Wheatley's Sightseers won seven BIFA nominations

A glance at the nominations for the 15th annual  Moet British Independent Film Awards reveals that 2012 really has been a spectacular year for home-grown independent cinema.

Actor and BIFA patron Adrian Lester announced the nominations at a reception attended by many of the nominees, as well as BIFA founder Elliot Grove and Joint Directors Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, who commented “In this our 15th year, we are delighted to welcome back six-time former host James Nesbitt. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated Pre-Selection Committee who watched over 200 films in order to produce the 2012 Nominations, which once again reflect the diverse range of British film talent, and also welcome this year’s appointed independent Jury who will now spend the next month considering the nominated films.”

The nominees were selected from nearly 200 titles by the 70-strong Pre-Selection Committee, and the film with the highest number of nominations is Broken, which received nine nods including Best Film, Best Director and Best Debut Director for Rufus Norris, Best Actor for Tim Roth and Best Supporting Actor nominations for Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear. Following close behind were Sightseers and Berberian Sound Studio, which both received seven nominations.

The nominated films will now be scrutinised by the Jury, made up of industry insiders including producer Alison Owen, actor Tom Hiddleston, Paramount Marketing Director John Fletcher, production designer Maria Djurkovic and SFX Supervisor Paul Franklin. Their winning films will be awarded at a ceremony on Sunday 9 December, along with the recipients of The Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution by an actor to British film, the Variety Award and the Special Jury Prize.

The full list of nominees is below, and more details can be found at www.bifa.org.uk

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
Berberian Sound Studio
Broken
Sightseers
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Imposter

BEST DIRECTOR
Bart Layton (The Imposter)
Ben Wheatley (Sightseers)
John Madden (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio)
Rufus Norris (Broken)

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR
Bart Layton (The Imposter)
Ben Drew (Ill Manors)
Rowan Athale (Wasteland)
Rufus Norris (Broken)
Sally El Hosaini (My Brother the Devil)

BEST SCREENPLAY
Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady)
Alice Lowe, Steve Oram, Amy Jump (Sightseers)
Mark O’Rowe (Broken)
Paul Andrew Williams (Song for Marion)
Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio)

BEST ACTRESS
Alice Lowe (Sightseers)
Andrea Riseborough (Shadow Dancer)
Elle Fanning (Ginger & Rosa)
Judi Dench (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

BEST ACTOR
Riz Ahmed (Ill Manors)
Steve Oram (Sightseers)
Terence Stamp (Song for Marion)
Tim Roth (Broken)
Toby Jones (Berberian Sound Studio)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Alice Englert (Ginger & Rosa)
Eileen Davies (Sightseers)
Maggie Smith (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
Olivia Colman (Hyde Park on Hudson)
Vanessa Redgrave (Song for Marion)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Billy Connolly (Quartet)
Cillian Murphy (Broken)
Domhnall Gleeson (Shadow Dancer)
Rory Kinnear (Broken)
Tom Wilkinson (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Elliott Tittensor (Spike Island)
Eloise Laurence (Broken)
James Floyd (My Brother the Devil)
Paul Brannigan (The Angels’ Share)
Zawe Ashton (Dreams of a Life)

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
Berberian Sound Studio
Ill Manors
Sightseers
The Imposter
The Sweeney

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Nic Knowland Bsc, Cinematography (Berberian Sound Studio)
Joakim Sundström, Stevie Haywood AMPS IPS, Sound Design (Berberian Sound Studio)
Electric Wave Bureau, Music (Broken)
Robbie Ryan, Cinematography (Ginger & Rosa)
Andrew Hulme, Editing (The Imposter)

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Dreams of a Life
London: The Modern Babylon
Marley
Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir
The Imposter

BEST BRITISH SHORT
Friday
Junk
Skyborn
Swimmer
Volume

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM
Amour
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Rust & Bone
Searching For Sugar Man
The Hunt

THE RAINDANCE AWARD
Frank
Strings
Love Tomorrow
City Slacker
Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet

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