British Independent Film Awards unveil neutral actor categories for 25th anniversary


The British Independent Film Awards (Bifa) have unveiled gender-neutral acting categories and a selection of new performance awards as part of its 25th anniversary.

Bifa was established in 1998 and has since celebrated and promoted independent British film and film talent in the UK.

The body revealed that it will now award five acting honors with no mention of actor or actress, and made the move towards gender-neutral awards for its winners.

The awards follow in the footsteps of the British, which scrapped the male and female categories at the 2022 ceremony in February, and the MTV Movie Awards, which have been awarding gender-neutral accolades since 2017.

In the organization’s 25th anniversary year, new performance categories – Best Lead Performance, Best Supporting Performance, Best Joint Lead Performance for two (or exceptionally three) performances that are the focus of the film, and Best together, will celebrate and reward outstanding performance. acting talent on display in British independent film.

The breakthrough performance award established by Bifa remains unchanged and completes the new series of awards.

The categories of Best Main Performance and Best Supporting Performance will each include up to ten nominees, while Breakthrough Performance, Best Joint Main Performance and Best Ensemble Performance will each include a maximum of five nominees.

Additionally, a new first director category for feature-length documentaries and two new music awards have been added to the organization’s roster, which will be awarded at the ceremony in December.

Bifa is also adding a new category to the awards for best first director – feature documentary, which will sit alongside the Douglas Hickox award for best first director, which will now be reserved for fiction feature films.

The Best Music award, which previously recognized both Original Composition and Music Supervision, will now be separated into Best Original Music and Best Music Supervision.

The Best Music Supervision award is given to films in which the original score represents at least 40% of the film’s soundtrack, while nominees for the Best Original Score award must be films in which the original score represents at least minus 40% of the soundtrack of the film’s music.

Speaking about the Bifa redesign for 2022, organization directors Amy Gustin and Deena Wallace said: “We are very pleased to be able to launch Bifa’s new and expanded award categories which will more fully capture the range of performance and outstanding actors. talents in British independent cinema and allow us to celebrate even more talent than ever before.

Bifa has also revealed new dates for the organisation’s vital Equality, Diversity and Inclusion training, which will run from July to January 2023.

The program includes training on anti-bullying and harassment, fair workplace recruitment, and unconscious bias.

Nominations for Bifa 2022 will be announced on November 3, followed by the ceremony which will take place on December 4.


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