“Rocks”, “His House” and “The Father” were the leaders of the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), which were announced Thursday.
The drama “Rocks” won the award for best British independent film, with Kosar Ali taking home the awards for best supporting actress and most promising newcomer with her young co-star D’Angelou Osei Kissiedu taking home the award for best actor Support. Lucy Pardee’s Best Casting Award, one of the Craft Award winners announced in January, brings the âRocksâ total to five.
Remi Weekes won the award for best director and Wunmi Mosaku won the award for best actress for the horror film “His House”. The film also won the award for best production and effects design.
Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of an aging man in “The Father” won Best Actor, and the film also won Best Screenplay for Writer-Director Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton, and Best Editing for Yorgos Lamprinos.
In a year where the awards were evenly distributed, “Saint Maud”, “Mogul Mowgli”, “Misbehavior” and “The Reason I Jump” each took two victories.
Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland” won the award for Best International Independent Film, the only award category open to non-UK films.
The online ceremony was hosted by actor Tom Felton live from Wales, where he is filming the Sky Cinema film “Save the Cinema”.
The event saw a galaxy of star presenters, including several from the Netflix world such as “Bridgerton” star RegÃ©-Jean Page, Zendaya from “Malcolm & Marie”, “The Crown” star Emma Corrin, Priyanka Chopra Jonas from “The White Tiger” and “Sex Education” cast Ncuti Gatwa and Aimee Lou Wood. Other presenters included Maria Bakalova, star of “Borat After Moviefilm”, James Norton, director of “McMafia”, Armando Iannucci, director of “The Personal History of David Copperfield”, Daniel Kaluuya and Daisy Edgar-Jones of ” Normal People “.
BIFA 2020 WINNERS
Best British Independent Film
“Rocks” – Sarah Gavron, Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson, Faye Ward, Ameenah Ayub Allen
Remi Weekes – “His house”
Best Screenplay Sponsored by BBC Film
Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton – “The Father”
Wunmi Mosaku – “His house”
Anthony Hopkins – “The Father”
Best Supporting Actress
Kosar Ali – “Rocks”
Best Supporting Actor
D’Angelou Osei Kissiedu – “Rocks”
The Douglas Hickox Award (First Director) sponsored by Kodak & Pinewood
Rose Glass – “Sainte Maud”
Irune Gurtubai – “Limbo” (also produced by Angus Lamont)
First screenwriter sponsored by Film4
Riz Ahmed – “Mogul Mowgli” (co-written by Bassam Tariq)
The most promising newcomer
Kosar Ali – “Rocks”
âThe Reason I Jumpâ – Jerry Rothwell, Jeremy Dear, Stevie Lee, Al Morrow
The Raindance Discovery Prize
“Perfect 10” – Eva Riley, Jacob Thomas, Bertrand Faivre, Valentina Brazzini
Best British Short Film supported by BFI NETWORK
“The Long Goodbye” – Aneil Karia, Riz Ahmed, Tom Gardner
Best international independent film sponsored by Champagne Taittinger
“Nomadland” – ChloÃ© Zhao, Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey
Best Cast Sponsored by Casting Society of America & Spotlight
Lucy Pardee – “Rocks”
Best Photography Sponsored by Dirty Looks
Ben Fordesman – “Saint Maud”
Best costume design
Charlotte Walter – “Bad Behavior”
Best Editing Sponsored by Intermission Film
Yorgos Lamprinos – “The Father”
Pedro Sabrosa, Stefano Pepin – “His house”
Best makeup and hair design
Jill Sweeney – “Bad Conduct”
Best Music Sponsored by Universal Music Publishing Group
Paul Corley – “Mogul Mowgli”
Best Production Design Sponsored by Studio Juice
Jacqueline Abrahams – “Her house”
Best Sound Supported by Halo Post
Nick Ryan, Ben Baird, Sara De Oliveira Lima – “The Reason I Jump”