The 16th annual British Independent Film awards were hosted on December 8th, streamed live through www.film3sixty.com. Currently, the website is streaming the replay of the event on a loop. So, if you missed out you can still catch it, because it has not made its way to YouTube or sites of the like yet.
James Nesbitt hosted the evening’s festivities for his 8th consecutive year. Nesbitt lent his own brand of pithy humor and comical jabs at the Independent film industry, actors/actresses, directors, and often put himself out there in relation to his past work. The awards were held at the gorgeous Old Billingsgate Market in central London. (Random fact for those of you out there who enjoy being “in the know”- Old Billingsgate was originally the world’s largest fish market).
The ceremony was kicked off with a duet between Nesbitt and actress Lesley Manville as they sang “How are ya fixed for love?” by Frank Sinatra. For all of his wry humor throughout the evening, James Nesbitt made a very good point when he suggested that the Independent film industry audience is older than one would expect. This is especially true in America where teenagers are not exactly encouraged to view intellectually stimulating media. The Independent film industry is kept alive by people who pour blood, sweat and tears into getting their message to the public, whether it be political or social. This industry is so much more pure in regards to the craft of filmmaking, because as James McAvoy eloquently pointed out, you are quite often left on your own when making films of this nature.
It was a thrill to see so many amazing actors, actresses, directors, and other associated film crew present and receive awards celebrating their respective crafts. I will have to warn you though, that many of the nominated scenes could not be played during the telecast. This is, by my best guess, due to either graphic nature or dealings with legal rights over the footage. Without further adieu, here are your winners of the 2013 Moët British Independent Film Awards:
Best International Independent Film – Blue Is the Warmest Colour
The Raindance Award – The Machine
Sponsored by Wentworth Media and Arts
Most Promising Newcomer – Chloe Pirrie (Shell)
Sponsored by Studiocanal
Best British Short – Z1
Supported by BFI NET.WORK
Best Supporting Actor – Ben Mendelsohn (Starred Up)
Sponsored by Sanderson & St Martins Lane
The Special Jury Prize – Sixteen Films (Team Loach)
Best Technical Achievement – Amy Hubbard (Casting, The Selfish Giant)
Sponsored by LightBrigade Media
Best Supporting Actress – Imogen Poots (The Look of Love)
Best Achievement in Production – Metro Manila
Sponsored by Company3
Best Documentary- Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer
The Variety Award – Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)
Best Actor – James McAvoy (Filth)
Sponsored by BBC Films
Best Screenplay- Steven Knight (Locke)
The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director) – Paul Wright (For Those in Peril)
Sponsored by 3 Mills Studios
Best Actress – Lindsay Duncan (Le Week-end)
Sponsored by M.A.C Cosmetics
Best Director – Sean Ellis (Metro Manila)
Sponsored by AllCity & Intermission
The Richard Harris Award (for outstanding contribution by an actor to British film) – Julie Walters
Best British Independent Film – Metro Manila
Sponsored by Moët & Chandon
The event gained its name from the headline sponsor Moët & Chandon. This company has celebrated the achievement of actors, actresses, directors and the significant achievements of film crews through the British Independent Film awards, and even association with the Oscars and Golden Globes. There are so many wonderful Independent films out there, and the list provided here can either catch you up to date on the best and the brightest in the industry or serve as a springboard to get you more involved in this underrated industry.
If you wish to view any additional coverage of the event be sure to visit the official BIFA homepage.
Supporters and Patrons of The Moët British Independent Film Awards include:
Mike Figgis, Tom Hollander, Adrian Lester, Ken Loach, Ewan McGregor, Helen
Mirren, Samantha Morton, James Nesbitt, Michael Sheen, Trudie Styler, Tilda
Swinton, Meera Syal, David Thewlis, Ray Winstone and Michael Winterbottom.
The Moët British Independent Film Awards would like to thank all its supporters,
especially: Moët & Chandon, BFI NET.WORK, 3 Mills Studios, BBC Films,
Company 3, M.A.C Cosmetics, Raindance, Sanderson & St Martins Lane –
Morgans Hotel Group, Soho House, Studiocanal, Swarovski, Variety,
Wentworth Media and Arts, LightBrigade, AllCity and Intermission.
By: Kyle YungGoogle+