WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR
BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS 2021
After Love wins six awards including Best British Independent Film
Adeel Akhtar named Best Actor for Ali & Ava
Flee wins Best International Independent Film
Sunday 5th December: Live at Old Billingsgate, this year’s host
Asim Chaudhry presided over the 2021 British Independent Film Awards
(BIFAs) where winners were announced live by stars of the film industry.
The award for Best British Independent Film, presented by Kate Beckinsale,
went to After Love, Aleem Khan’s moving directorial debut in which a
recently widowed woman comes to terms with a shocking secret about her
husband’s life. Aleem Khan won three further BIFA awards – Best Director,
The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director and Best Screenplay
sponsored by BBC Film, with Joanna Scanlan taking home Best Actress and
Talid Ariss Best Supporting Actor for their performances in the film.
Adeel Akhtar was awarded Best Actor for his role in Clio Barnard’s tender
story of forbidden love, Ali & Ava, which also saw Connie Farr and
Harry Escott scoring the Best Music sponsored by Universal Music Publishing
The Best Supporting Actress award went to Vinette Robinson for her work in
Philip Barantini’s multi-BIFA nominated single-take restaurant kitchen
drama Boiling Point. Boiling Point also received awards for Carolyn McCleod
for Best Casting sponsored by Casting Society and Spotlight; Matthew Lewis
for Best Cinematography sponsored by Dirty Looks & Kodak and James
Drake, Rob Entwistle and Kiff McManus for Best Sound supported by Halo.
Breakthrough Performance went to Nell Barlow, star of Marley Morrison’s
British holiday park set coming-of-age debut Sweetheart, which also won the
Breakthrough Producer sponsored by Pinewood Studio Group for Michelle
Cathy Brady won Best Debut Screenwriter sponsored by Film4 for Wildfire,
which follows two sisters from Northern Ireland reconnecting with each
other and their past.
Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché, Paul Sng and Celeste Bell’s intimate film
about the titular punk icon and X-ray Spex frontwoman, claimed both Best
Documentary sponsored by Intermission and The Raindance Discovery Award.
Best British Short Film went to FEMME, in which a night out takes a dark
turn for a femme gay man.
Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s Flee, the animated real-life story of a childhood
refugee’s hidden past, won Best International Independent Film sponsored by
Champagne Taittinger, this category was won by Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland in
The Souvenir Part II, Joanna Hogg’s follow up to her critically acclaimed
feature The Souvenir was awarded three craft awards, Best Costume Design
for Grace Snell, Best Editing for Helle Le Fevre and Best Production Design
for Stéphane Collonge, all three were nominated for The Souvenir in 2019.
Best Effects was taken by Mike Knights, Steven Bray Dan Martin and Leigh
Cranston for their work on Rob Savage’s Road trip horror Dashcam and Vickie
Lang, Kristyan Mallet and Donald McInnes were awarded the Best Make Up
& Hair Design BIFA for Will Sharpe’s period biopic The Electrical Life
of Louis Wain.
The Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to
British Film was presented to Riz Ahmed.
The Special Jury Prize, awarded by the BIFA Main Jury, which this year
included Jennifer Ehle, Alice Lowe, Emma Corrin and Bennet McGhee, was
given to Raising Films, the groundbreaking organisation which supports and
campaigns for parents and carers working in the UK screen sector.
Boiling Point won 4 awards
Adeel Akhtar named Best
Actor for Ali & Ava