British Independent Film Awards 2021: On the red carpet with the nominees and winners
December 7, 2021
Last night, the highly anticipated 2021 British Independent Film Awards presentation ceremony took place in London. The pandemic has been a difficult period for everyone and for many industries to go through, especially for cinema and more particularly British independent cinema, against which the odds are often already ripe. But while the atmosphere among filmmakers, stars, and fellow attendees from across the industry was anything to say, the traumatic nature of the past two years has actually reinvigorated a sense of appreciation for independent film, for the culture and to push the envelopes. creativity.
The list of nominees was stronger than ever in terms of originality, diversity, and genuinely groundbreaking approaches to filmmaking, but there were a few notable films in terms of the night’s winners: After Love, the moving debut film by Aleem Khan, won a total of six awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Principal Director and Best Screenplay, as well as Best Actress and Best Actor in a second. role for Joanna Scanlan and Talid Ariss, respectively.
Philip Barantini’s One-Take Cooking Drama Boiling point, which received an impressive 11 nominations, took home the award for Best Supporting Actress for Vinette Robinson, as well as recognition for Best Cast, Best Cinematography and Best Sound. Adeel Akhtar received the award for best actor for his role in Clio Barnard Ali and Ava, which also won the award for best music. Breakthrough Performance went to Nell Barlow for role in Marley Morrison’s LGBTQ + drama Sweetheart, which also received the Breakthrough Producer Award.
Other awards include Best First Writer for Cathy Brady (for Irish drama Fires), Best Documentary and Raindance Discovery Award for Poly styrene: I’m a clichÃ©, Best short film at Women and Best International Film for Animated Feature To flee. The Craft Awards went to Joanna Hogg’s semi-autobiographical sequel Remembrance Part II, horror of the images found Dash Cam, and Will Sharpe is beautifully designed Louis Wain’s electric life.
One of the UK’s best actors, Riz Ahmed received the Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Cinema, while a Special Jury Prize went to Raising Films, which campaigns for de better working conditions for parents in the UK screen sector. .
The Upcoming had the honor to address some of the evening’s talent on the Billingsgate red carpet in London ahead of the ceremony.
Director Philip Barantini told us about the making of his multi-nominated film at BIFA Boiling point.
Its star Stephen Graham has also discussed his role in the film.
Film producers Bart Ruspoli and Hester Ruoff told us what BIFAs mean to them.
Riz Ahmed shared his thoughts on recognizing his special award.
Yann Demange, who presented the Ahmed prize, explained to us why he thinks he is such an extraordinary talent.
Prano Bailey-Bond stopped by to tell us about his critically acclaimed psychological horror Censor, who has been nominated for several awards, including best first director.
The astonishing CaitrÃona Balfe told us about her role in the film by Kenneth Branagh Belfast, for which she was nominated for Best Actress.
Her co-star, young Jude Hill, also told us about her role in the film, which earned her a nomination for Breakthrough Performance.
Ever-versatile actor James Norton had a short chat with us on Nowhere special and his nomination for best actor.
First-time director Reggie Yates tells us about the fun he had pirates alongside her energetic cast and nomination for Best First Writer.
Sofia Kappel gave us a preview of the Best International Film nomination Pleasure and what the film has to say about the sex work industry.
Marley Morrison and Michelle Antoniades spoke about making Sweetheart and the importance of telling LGBTQ + stories.
One of their stars, Jo Hartley, told us about her role in the film and her nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Director Juho Kuosmanen explained why he wanted to do Compartment n Â° 6, nominated for best international film.
Adeel Akhtar shared his thoughts on his role in Ali and Ava, for which he won the award for best actor.
Her co-star, Claire Rushbrook, also spoke about what she hopes people will take away from the film.
Best Actress winner Joanna Scanlan spoke to us about her role in After Love.
While director Aleem Khan explained why he wanted to make the film, which also won Best Picture and Best Director awards.
Director Sue Carpenter told us why she was motivated to do I am Belmaya, nominated for best documentary.
We also heard Ellora Torchia talk about her collaboration with Ben Wheatley on In the ground.
Presenter Romola Garai shared her take on the nominees for 2021 and a bit of her directorial debut Amulet, which should be released in the new year.
Some of the acceptance speeches are also available to watch below.
Joanna Scanlan’s Best Actress Acceptance Speech for After Love:
Adeel Akhtar’s Best Actor Acceptance Speech for Ali and Ava:
Acceptance Speech by Aleem Khan for the Best Director Award for After Love:
After Love wins the award for best film 2021:
Speech by Riz Ahmed for the Richard Harris Prize for the Outstanding Contribution of an Actor to British Cinema:
For more information on the British Independent Film Awards, visit their website here.