The Favourite

Film4 titles win 16 awards at the BIFAs

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Film4 enjoyed a triumphant night at the British Independent Film Awards last night, with five Film4 backed productions taking home 16 of the 24 competitive awards, including a record breaking 10 wins for Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite.

Bart Layton’s American Animals and Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here took home two awards apiece, while Michael Pearce’s Beast and Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience were also winners on the night.

Director of Film4 Daniel Battsek commented: “Congratulations to all our nominees and award winners. We’re so pleased to see your work recognised in such a strong year for British independent film. Thank you to our many fantastic partners who’ve worked with us on this slate of films, and to the BIFAs for a truly memorable night.”

Olivia Colman was crowned Best Actress and Rachel Weisz Best Supporting Actress for their roles in The Favourite, which also took home Best Director for Yorgos Lanthimos, Best Screenplay for Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara as well as top prize Best British Independent Film. The film had already won five of the craft awards announced previously: Dixie Chassay won Best Casting, Robbie Ryan Best Cinematography, Sandy Powell Best Costume Design, Nadia Stacey Best Make Up & Hair Design and Fiona Crombie Best Production Design.

Bart Layton won Debut Screenwriter for American Animals, to go with the previously announced Best Editing award for Nick Fenton, Julian Hart and Chris Gill.

Jessie Buckley won Most Promising Newcomer for Beast. Alessandro Nivola won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Disobedience. And You Were Never Really Here collected two awards: Jonny Greenwood winning Best Music and Paul Davies Best Sound.

Film4 titles secured 58 nominations for the 2018 BIFAs including a clean sweep of all five films in the Best British Independent Film, Director and Screenplay categories, as well as the four most highly nominated films.



About Film4

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 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, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire and Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady, in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Chris Morris’s Four Lions, Shane Meadows’ This is England, Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years.

Film4’s recent releases include Steve McQueen’s Widows, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, Tinge Krishnan’s Been So Long, Bart Layton’s American Animals, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, Lenny Abrahamson’s The Little Stranger, Iain Morris’s The Festival, Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete, Clio Barnard’s Dark River and Michael Pearce’s Beast. Forthcoming releases include Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience, Stephen Merchant’s Fighting With My Family and Tom Harper’s Wild Rose. Films in production include Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield, Asif Kapadia’s Maradona, Sarah Gavron’s ‘Untitled Girls Film’, Nick Rowland’s Calm With Horses, Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang, Coky Giedroyc’s adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s How To Build a Girl, Gregor Jordan’s Dirt Music, Ben Sharrock’s Limbo, Cathy Brady’s Wildfire and Chaplin from Peter Middleton and James Spinney.

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Hurrah. Channel 4 brought home the bacon at the BIFAs last night, winning an astonishing 16 awards. Regarding the top prize, Best British Independent Film, The Favourite was the favourite going in to the evening, and the judges did indeed decide it was their favourite. Righto. Um. As you were.