After Love wins six awards, including Best Independent British Film, at BIFA

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– It was an evening of big surprises as the BIFAs rewarded rookie filmmakers and honored a plethora of new names

After Love by Aleem Khan

Aleem Khanthe first feature film by, After Love [+see also:
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, won six awards at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA). Khan also personally won Best Director, Best First Director, and Best Screenplay. The movie star, Joenotna Scanlanwon Best Actress for her portrayal of a British Muslim convert who discovers her recently deceased husband had a second family in France. Talid Ariss, who plays his teenage son, won Best Supporting Actor at the ceremony on Sunday night. The film was produced by The Bureau and released by the BFI in the UK.

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It was a great night for British Asian talent at the awards, which was hosted by the comedian Asim Chaudhry. Adel Akhtar voted Best Actor for his performance in Clio Barnardit’s Ali and Ava [+see also:
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which also won the award for best music. Rice Ahmad won the Richard Harris Honorary Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Cinema.

There were four prizes for Philippe Barantinione take cooking drama Boiling point [+see also:
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: Vinette Robinson won Best Supporting Actress, Caroline McCleod won Best Cast, Best Cinematography was awarded Matthew Lewisand the film also received the Best Sound award.

The best documentary went to Paul Sing and Celeste Bell for Poly Styrene: I’m a cliché. The film also won the Raindance Discovery Award.

Finally, the Special Jury Prize was awarded to Raising Movieswhich supports and campaigns for parents and carers working in the screen sector in the UK.

Here is the full list of winners:

Best British Independent Film
After Love [+see also:
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– Aleem Khan (UK)

Best Director
Aleem Khan- After Love

Best Screenplay
Aleem Khan- After Love

Best Actress
Joanna Scanlan- After Love

Best actor
Adil Akhtar – Ali and Ava [+see also:
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(UK)

Best Supporting Actress
Vinette Robinson- Boiling point [+see also:
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(UK)

Best Supporting Actor
Talid Ariss- After Love

Douglas Hickox Award (Best First Director)
Aleem Khan- After Love

Breakthrough Producer
Michelle Antoniades – Lover (UK)

Revolutionary performance
Nell Barlow – Lover

Best First Screenwriter
Cathy Brady – Fires [+see also:
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(UK/Ireland)

Best Documentary
Poly Styrene: I’m a cliché – Paul Sng, Celeste Bell (UK)

The price of discovery
Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché – Paul Sng, Celeste Bell

Best British Short Film
Women – Sam H Freeman, Ng Choon Ping (UK)

Best International Independent Film
To run away [+see also:
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Jonas Poher Rasmussen (Denmark/France/Norway/Sweden)

Best cast
Carolyn McLeod- Boiling point

Best Cinematography
Matthew Lewis – Boiling point

Best Costume Design
Grace Snell- The memory: part two [+see also:
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(UK)

Best Editing
Helle Le Fevre – The memory: part two

Best Music
Connie Farr, Harry Escot – Ali and Ava

Best brand-youp & hair
Vickie Lang, Kristyan Mallett, Donald McInnes- The Electric Life of Louis Wain (UK)

Best Effects
Steven Bray, Mike Knights – dash cam [+see also:
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(UK/US)

Best Production Design
Stephane Collonge – The memory: part two

best sound
James Drake- Boiling point

Richard Harris Award for Oremarkable VScontribution by a Abritish director Fmovie
Rice Ahmad

Special Jury Prize
Raising Movies

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