Film4 clocks up 25 BIFA nominations



Film4-backed films have received a total of 25 nominations for this year's British Independent Film Awards, the annual honours which celebrate independently-funded British films and emerging talent.

Peter Strickland's Berberian Sound Studio and Ben Wheatley's Sightseers picked up seven nominations each, whilst Bart Layton's debut feature documentary The Imposter has six nominations, including Best Film and Best Director for each. Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady and Carol Morley's Dreams of a Life garnered two nominations apiece, whilst Hyde Park on Hudson picked up a nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Olivia Colman.

Tessa Ross, Channel 4 Controller of Film and Drama, says: "We're immensely proud that the incredible achievements of these filmmakers have been recognised by the BIFAs. The nominations are testament to the hugely exciting talent and distinctive voices behind these films, and are reflective of a very vibrant time for British independent filmmaking - as well as the brilliant energy that Katherine Butler has put behind our lower budget work at Film4. We wish all the nominees the best of luck on the night."

Katherine Butler, Film4's Senior Commissioning Executive, says: "We have always seen the BIFAs as a brilliant way of celebrating the strong, loud and often raucous voice of independent British film-making. It is wonderful this year to see a whole new generation of film-makers taking centre stage, a sign of how robust and confident the British film industry is right now. Congratulations to all!"

Berberian Sound Studio
Best British Independent Film
Best Director - Peter Strickland
Best Screenplay - Peter Strickland
Best Actor - Toby Jones
Achievement in Production
Best Technical Achievement - Sound
Best Technical Achievement - Cinematography

Best British Independent Film
Best Director - Ben Wheatley
Best Screenplay - Alice Lowe, Steve Oram, Amy Jump
Best Actress - Alice Lowe
Best Actor - Steve Oram
Best Supporting Actress Eileen Davies
Best Achievement in Production

The Imposter
Best British Independent Film
Best Director - Bart Layton
Best Debut Director - Bart Layton
Best Achievement In Production
Best Technical Achievement - Editing - Andrew Hulme
Best Documentary

The Iron Lady
Best Screenplay - Abi Morgan
Best Actress - Meryl Streep

Hyde Park on Hudson
Best Supporting Actress - Olivia Colman

Dreams of a Life
Most Promising Newcomer - Zawe Ashton
Best Documentary

Note to editors


Film4, headed by Tessa Ross, is Channel 4 Television's feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most innovative talent in the UK, whether new or established.

Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, films like Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, Martin McDonagh's In Bruges, Steve McQueen's Hunger and Shame, Mike Leigh's Another Year, Chris Morris' Four Lions , Richard Ayoade's Submarine, Joe Cornish's directorial debut Attack The Block , Lone Scherfig's One Day, Ben Wheatley's Kill List, Paddy Considine's Tyrannosaur and Ben Palmer's The Inbetweeners Movie.

Recent releases include Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights, Terence Davies' The Deep Blue Sea, Carol Morley's Dreams of a Life, Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady, Pawel Pawlikowski's The Woman In The Fifth, Bart Layton's The Imposter, Peter Strickland's Berberian Sound Studio and Walter Salles' On the Road.

Forthcoming releases include Sophie Fiennes' The Pervert's Guide to Ideology, Roger Michell's Hyde Park on Hudson, Ben Wheatley's Sightseers, Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths, Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, Shane Meadows' The Stone Roses, Kevin Macdonald's How I Live Now, James Griffiths' Cuban Fury, Richard Ayoade's The Double, Danny Boyle's Trance and Michael Winterbottom's Untitled Paul Raymond Story (working title).

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