|British Independent Film Awards|
|Awarded for||Achievement in independently funded British film|
The British Independent Film Awards is an annual award ceremony celebrating achievement in independently funded British movies. Nominations and jury are announced at the end of October with the award ceremony taking place in late November or early December.
The British Independent Film Awards were created in 1998 by Raindance founder Elliot Grove. Grove set out to celebrate merit and achievement in independently funded British filmmaking, to honour new talent, and to promote British films and filmmaking to a wider public.
Three of Britain’s top internationally renowned stars recently joined the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) group of official patrons. Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen and David Thewlis will join the prestigious list of other patrons including Mike Figgis, Tom Hollander, Adrian Lester, Ken Loach, Ewan McGregor, Samantha Morton, Bill Nighy, Trudie Styler, Tilda Swinton, Meera Syal, Ray Winstone and Michael Winterbottom.
For a film to be considered in any of BIFAs main categories, it must qualify as British, have a budget of no more than £10 million (except where there is no substantial financial major studio support) and have a UK theatrical release or screening at a British-based film festival between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009 (for the 2009 awards ceremony).
Any short films entered must have won an award at a recognised film festival.