British Independent Film Awards 2021: On the red carpet with the nominees and winners
December 7, 2021
Last night the highly anticipated British Independent Film Awards 2021 presentation ceremony took place in London. The pandemic has been a tough time for everyone and for many industries, especially for film and more specifically UK independent cinema, against whom the odds are often already high. But if the atmosphere among filmmakers, stars and other attendees from across the industry was anything to go by, the traumatic nature of the past two years has actually reinvigorated a sense of appreciation for independent cinema, for the culture and to push the boundaries. creativity.
The list of nominees was stronger than ever in terms of originality, diversity, and truly groundbreaking approaches to filmmaking, but there were a few films that stood out in terms of the night’s winners: After Love, Aleem Khan’s moving debut, won a total of six awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best First Director and Best Screenplay, as well as Best Actress and Best Actor in a Second. role for Joanna Scanlan and Talid Ariss, respectively.
Philip Barantini’s culinary drama in one take Boiling point, which garnered an impressive 11 nominations, won Best Supporting Actress for Vinette Robinson, as well as recognition for Best Cast, Best Cinematography and Best Sound. Adeel Akhtar received the best actor award for his role in Clio Barnard Ali and Ava, which also scored Best Music. Breakthrough Performance went to Nell Barlow for her role in Marley Morrison’s LGBTQ+ coming-of-age drama Sweetheart, which also received the Breakthrough Producer award.
Other awards include best first screenwriter for Cathy Brady (for the Irish drama Fires), best documentary and the Raindance Discovery Award for Poly Styrene: I’m a cliché, Best Short Film at Women and Best International Film for Animated Film To flee. Craftsmanship Awards Went to Joanna Hogg’s Semi-Autobiographical Sequel Remembrance Part II, found footage horror dash cam, and Will Sharpe is beautifully crafted The Electric Life of Louis Wain.
One of the UK’s finest actors, Riz Ahmed received the Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Cinema, while a Special Jury Prize was awarded to Raising Films, which campaigns for better working conditions for parents in the UK screen industry. .
The Upcoming had the honor of speaking to some of the night’s talent on the red carpet at Billingsgate in London ahead of the ceremony.
Director Philip Barantini talks to us about the shooting of his multi-BIFA nominated film Boiling point.
Its star Stephen Graham also spoke about his role in the film.
We heard from film producers Bart Ruspoli and Hester Ruoff about what BIFA meant to them.
Riz Ahmed shared his thoughts on being recognized for his special award.
Yann Demange, who presented Ahmed with the award, told us why he thinks he is such a talent.
Prano Bailey-Bond stopped by to tell us about her critically acclaimed psychological horror Censor, which was nominated for several awards, including Best First Director.
The stunning Caitríona Balfe told us about her role in Kenneth Branagh Belfast, for which she was nominated for Best Actress.
Her co-star, young Jude Hill, also told us about starring in the film, which earned him a nomination for Breakthrough Performance.
Ever-versatile actor James Norton had a quick chat with us about nowhere special and his nomination for Best Actor.
First director Reggie Yates told us about the fun he had making pirate alongside its high-energy cast and nomination for Best First Screenwriter.
Sofia Kappel gave us a look at the Best International Film nomination Pleasure and what the film has to say about the sex work industry.
Marley Morrison and Michelle Antoniades talked about making Sweetheart and the importance of telling LGBTQ+ stories.
One of their stars, Jo Hartley, spoke to us about her role in the film and her nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Director Juho Kuosmanen explained why he wanted to make Compartment no. 6, nominated for Best International Film.
Adeel Akhtar shared his thoughts on his role in Ali and Ava, for which he won the Best Actor award.
Her co-star, Claire Rushbrook, also spoke about what she hopes people take away from the film.
Best Actress winner Joanna Scanlan talked to us about her role in After Love.
While director Aleem Khan explained why he wanted to make the film, which also won Best Picture and Best Director.
Director Sue Carpenter told us why she was motivated to make I am Belmaya, nominated for Best Documentary.
We also heard Ellora Torchia working with Ben Wheatley on In the ground.
Presenter Romola Garai shared her take on the 2021 nominees and a bit about her directorial debut Amulet, which should be released in the new year.
Some of the acceptance speeches are also available to watch below.
Joanna Scanlan’s Best Actress Acceptance Speech for After Love:
Adeel Akhtar’s Best Actor Acceptance Speech for Ali and Ava:
Aleem Khan’s acceptance speech for winning Best Director for After Love:
After Love wins the award for best film 2021:
Speech by Riz Ahmed for the Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film:
For more information on the British Independent Film Awards, visit their website here.