All Of Us Strangers dominates at the BIFAs

Mia McKenna-Bruce wins Best Lead Performance

by Jennie Kermode

Mia McKenna-Bruce in How To Have Sex
Mia McKenna-Bruce in How To Have Sex

After a strong showing in the nominations, Andrew Haigh's evocative mystery All Of Us Strangers has become the big success story at this year's British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs). Winning Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Music Supervision and (jointly) Best Supporting Performance. Best Lead Performance went to Mia McKenna-Bruce for her work in How To Have Sex.

Rye Lane, which led the nominations, ended up winning only two awards: Best Breakthrough Performance (for Vivian Oparah) and Best Original Music.

"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," said Daniel Battsek and Ollie Madden of Film4. "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. "

Those award winners in full:

Best British Independent Film

Best International Independent Film

Best Director

Best Screenplay

Best Lead Performance

Best Supporting Performance

Best Joint Lead Performance

  • Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, George MacKay - Femme

The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Début Director)

  • Savanah Leaf - Earth Mama

Breakthrough Producer

Breakthrough Performance

Best Début Screenwriter

Best Début Director – Feature Documentary

The Raindance Maverick Award

  • If The Streets Were On Fire - Alice Russell, Gannesh Rajah

Best Feature Documentary

  • If The Streets Were On Fire - Alice Russell, Gannesh Rajah

Best British Short Film

  • Festival Of Slaps - Abdou Cissé, Cheri Darbon, George Telfer

Best Casting

Best Cinematography

Best Costume Design

Best Editing

Best Effects

  • Jonathan Gales, Richard Baker - The Kitchen

Best Music Supervision

Best Make-Up & Hair Design

Best Original Music

Best Production Design

  • Nathan Parker - The Kitchen

Best Sound

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