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The "British Independent Film Awards" is an annual award ceremony celebrating achievement in independently funded Britishmarker movies. The 2008 Award ceremony took place in the Old Billingsgate Marketmarker and was hosted by James Nesbitt. This years ceremony will take place on December 6th 2009 in central London. The ceremony will celebrate the best of this year’s British and Independent film talent. Nominations and jury will be announced at the end of October.

Information on previous winners can be found at the links below.

The BIFA trophy was designed by Lindsay Henderson of Art for Glass


History

The British Independent Film Awards were created in 1998 by Raindance founder Elliot Grove. Grove set out to celebrate merit and achievement in independently funded British filmmaking, to honour new talent, and to promote British films and filmmaking to a wider public.

Patrons

Three of Britain’s top internationally renowned stars recently joined the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) group of official patrons. Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen and David Thewlis will join the prestigious list of other patrons including Mike Figgis, Tom Hollander, Adrian Lester, Ken Loach, Ewan McGregor, Samantha Morton, Bill Nighy, Trudie Styler, Tilda Swinton, Meera Syal, Ray Winstone and Michael Winterbottom.

Entry Criteria

For a film to be considered in any of BIFAs main categories, it must qualify as British, have a budget of no more than £10M (except where there is no substantial financial major studio support) and have a UK theatrical release or screening at a British based film festival between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009.

Any short films entered must have won an award at a recognised film festival.

Actor Michael Sheen with his 2008 award


Past Awards



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