The nominations and jury members for the 10th annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) were announced today, Tuesday 23 October at the Haymarket Hotel in London.
Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance and the British Independent Film Awards says: "As BIFA reaches its 10th year it is my hope that British filmmakers, whose work these Awards were set up to honour, continue to entertain, astound, delight and inspire and take their rightful place at the forefront of international independent cinema."
The pre-selection committee whittled down the short list from 150 films. Anton Corbijin’s Control leads with 10 nominations, And When Did You Last See Your Father? receives seven nominations, Hallam Foe has six, followed by Eastern Promises, with five nominations.
Other films to receive multiple nominations include Brick Lane, Black Gold, It’s A Free World, Notes On A Scandal, Garbage Warrior Sunshine, Exhibit A and 28 Weeks Later.
BIFA have named Ray Winstone as the recipient of The Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor. Winstone, who is a three-time BIFA nominee, won Best Actor for Nil By Mouth at the very first Awards in 1998.
Also this year, The Variety Award honours Daniel Craig for his contribution to bringing the international spotlight to the British film industry. Craig has also been nominated at BIFA three times and won Best Actor for his role in Some Voices.
BIFA Directors, Johanna von Fischer & Tessa Collinson say: "For the 10th year, the BIFA Nominations throw the spotlight on the UK’s wealth of new emerging talent.
"At the same time we are very proud to be honouring two very different and special British acting talents and careers with The Richard Harris Award and The Variety Award. All these ingredients promise to make our 10th anniversary a celebration of British film and filmmakers to remember."
BIFA’s new jury is comprised of professionals and talents from across the British film industry including: actresses Hayley Atwell, Archie Panjabi and Kathy Burke, actors Tony Curran, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew Macfadyen, directors Annie Griffin, Menhaj Huda, Neil Marshall and Peter Webber, LFF Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, producer Mark Herbert, cinematographer Brian Tufano, distributor Will Clarke and musician Nitin Sawhney.
The much anticipated 10th awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 28 November 2007 at the Roundhouse in London and will be hosted by James Nesbitt.
The full list of nominees is as follows:
Best Supporting Actor/Actress
Colin Firth – And When Did You Last See Your Father?
Samantha Morton – Control
Toby Kebbell – Control
Armin Muehler Stahl – Eastern Promises
Cate Blanchett – Notes On A Scandal
David Nicholls – And When Did You Last See Your Father?
Matt Greenhalgh – Control
Steven Knight – Eastern Promises
David Mackenzie & Ed Whitmore – Hallam Foe
Winner: Patrick Marber – Notes On A Scandal
The Douglas Hickox Award [best debut director]
Marc Francis & Nick Francis – Black Gold
Winner: Anton Corbijn – Control
Oliver Hodge – Garbage Warrior
David Schwimmer – Run, Fat Boy, Run
Steve Hudson – True North
Best Technical Achievement
Enrique Chediak – Cinematography – 28 Weeks Later
Trevor Waite – Editing – And When Did You Last See Your Father?
Martin Ruhe – Cinematography – Control
David Mackenzie – Music – Hallam Foe
Winner: Mark Tildesley – Production design – Sunshine
Special Jury Prize
To be announced at the Awards on Wednesday 28 November
Read about the nominees and winners in 2006
For further information on BIFA and the awards criteria, please go to www.bifa.org.uk