“Rocks”, “His House” tops British Independent Film Awards


“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 “Rocks” 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 Regé-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 “.


Best British Independent Film

“Rocks” – Sarah Gavron, Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson, Faye Ward, Ameenah Ayub Allen

Best director

Remi Weekes – “His house”

Best Screenplay Sponsored by BBC Film

Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton – “The Father”

Best actress

Wunmi Mosaku – “His house”

Best actor

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”

Revolutionary producer

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”

Best Documentary

“The Reason I Jump” – 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” – Chloé 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”

Best effects

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”


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