Film4 is celebrating 14 award wins for Film4-backed features at the 2023 British Independent Film Awards, including Best British Independent Film for All Of Us Strangers.
The hugely successful showing follows a run of recent accolades including a record ten Film4-backed films premiere at London Film Festival including Poor Things, All of Us Strangers, The zone of Interest and Closing Night film The Kitchen, the Grand Prix (The Zone of Interest) and Un Certain Regard (How To Have Sex) at Cannes and the top prize at Venice, the Golden Lion (Poor Things) – and marks a promising start to the forthcoming Awards Season for Channel 4’s feature film division.
Daniel Battsek, Chairman of Film4 and Ollie Madden Director of Film4 comment: “We are very proud that All of Us Strangers, How To Have Sex and Earth Mama have received such well-deserved accolades at this year’s BIFAs. Backing a range of distinctive films from emerging and established filmmakers is key to what we do at Film4 and recognition from the independent film industry means so much to us. Congratulations to the winners and our partners, we are celebrating with you all over these huge successes.”
Andrew Haigh’s All Of Us Strangers won a total of seven awards including:
- Best British Independent Film (Andrew Haigh, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Sarah Harvey)
- Best Screenplay (Andrew Haigh)
- Best Director (Andrew Haigh)
- Best Supporting Performance (Paul Mescal)
Molly Manning Walker’s How to Have Sex took three wins including:
- Best Lead Performance (Mia Mckenna-Bruce)
- Best Supporting Performance (Shaun Thomas)
Savanah Leaf’s Earth Mama also received the The Douglas Hickox Award For Best Debut Director (Savanah Leaf).
This is in addition to Film-4 backed films winning seven out of the ten BIFA Craft categories in November as follows:
- Andrew Haigh’s All Of Us Strangers picked up three wins for Best Cinematography (Jamie D. Ramsay), Best Editing (Jonathan Alberts) and Best Music Supervision (Connie Farr)
- Daniel Kaluuya and Kibwe Tavares’ The Kitchen won in two categories: Best Production Design (Nathan Parker) and Best Effects (Richard Baker and the late Jonathan Gales)
- Molly Manning Walker’s How To Have Sex won Best Casting (Isabella Odoffin)
- Mark Jenkin’s Enys Men won Best Sound (Mark Jenkin)
Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking, both new and established.
Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award®-winners such as Florian Zeller’s The Father, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Asif Kapadia’s box office record breaking documentary Amy, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Sarah Gavron’s Rocks, Rose Glass’s Saint Maud, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch, Chris Morris’s Four Lions, Shane Meadows’ This is England, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years.
Film4’s recent releases include Martin McDonagh’s BAFTA winning The Banshees of Inisherin, Oliver Hermanus’ Living, Florian Zeller’s The Son, Mark Jenkin’s Enys Men, Julia Ducournau’s Palme d’Or-winning Titane, Jonathan Butterell’s Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Rebecca Hall’s Passing, Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho, Will Sharpe’s The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, Aml Ameen’s Boxing Day, Eva Husson’s Mothering Sunday, Prano Bailey-Bond’s Censor, and Jim Archer’s Brian & Charles. Forthcoming titles include Yorgos Lanthimos’ Golden Lion prize-winning Poor Things, Jonathan Glazer’s Cannes Grand Prix winner The Zone of Interest, Steve McQueen’s Occupied City, Molly Manning Walker’s Un Certain Regard prize-winning How to Have Sex, and Rose Glass’ Love Lies Bleeding.