The British Independent Film Awards announced their nominees this morning and Irish talent will be wellrepresented at the awards. Irish genre-film I Am Not A Serial Killer picked up three nominations, with lead Max Records up for Best Actor, Christopher Lloyd up for Best Supporting Actor, and director Billy O’Brien up for Screenplay with co-writer Christopher Hyde. Kerry star Michael Fassbender was nominated for his role in British film Trespass Against Us, while County Down’s Jamie Dornan is nomintaed for Best Supporting Actor for Anthropoid. Irish cinemtographer Robbie Ryan, who shot I, Daniel Blake and I Am Not A Serial Killer is nominated for Outstanding Achievement In Craft for his work on Andrea Arnold’s American Honey. Northern Irish writers John Cairns and Michael McCartney picked up a nomination for their Screenplay for Michael Lennox’s A Patch of Fog.

Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake topped the list of nominations with seven, including film, director and screenplay. American Honey, Adult Life Skills, Notes on Blindness, and Under the Shadow have six nominations each, while The Girl With All the Gifts has four.

Fassbenders nomination for Best Actor is his third consecutive nomination and his sixth nomination overall. He previously won twice, for Hunger in 2008 and Shame in 2011. Andrea Arnold picked up her fourth BIFA nomination having won in the same category for Fish Tank in 2009, while it is Ken Loach’s fifth nomination, having won won for My Name Is Joe in 1998.

The winners of the 2016  British Independent Film Awards will be announced at the awards ceremony on December 4th, which will be held at Old Billingsgate, London.


British Independent Film
American Honey – Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy, Pouya Shahbazian, Alice Weinberg, Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa
Couple In A Hole – Tom Geens, Zorana Piggott
I, Daniel Blake – Ken Loach, Paul Laverty, Rebecca O’Brien
Notes On Blindness – Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison, Alex Usborne
Under The Shadow – Babak Anvari, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh

International Independent Film
Hunt For The Wilderpeople – Taika Waititi, Carthew Neal, Matt Noonan, Leanne Saunders
Manchester By The Sea – Kenneth Lonergan, Kimberly Steward, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck, Kevin J. Walsh
Moonlight – Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner
Mustang – Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Alice Winocour, Charles Gillibert
Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade, Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Michel Merkt

Director
Andrea Arnold – American Honey
Babak Anvari – Under The Shadow
Ben Wheatley – Free Fire
Ken Loach – I, Daniel Blake
Peter Middleton, James Spinney  – Notes On Blindness

Screenplay
Andrea Arnold – American Honey
Babak Anvari – Under The Shadow
Billy O’Brien, Christopher Hyde – I Am Not A Serial Killer
Paul Laverty – I, Daniel Blake
Rachel Tunnard – Adult Life Skills

Actress
Hayley Squires – I, Daniel Blake
Jodie Whittaker – Adult Life Skills
Kate Dickie – Couple In A Hole
Narges Rashidi – Under The Shadow
Sasha Lane – American Honey

Actor
Dave Johns – I, Daniel Blake
Max Records – I Am Not A Serial Killer
Michael FassbenderTrespass Against Us
Shia Labeouf – American Honey
Steve Brandon – My Feral Heart

Supporting Actress
Avin Manshadi – Under The Shadow
Gemma Arterton – The Girl With All The Gifts
Naomie Harris – Our Kind Of Traitor
Shana Swash – My Feral Heart
Terry Pheto – A United Kingdom

Supporting Actor
Arinzé Kene – The Pass
Brett Goldstein – Adult Life Skills
Christopher Lloyd – I Am Not A Serial Killer
Jamie DornanAnthropoid
Sean Harris – Trespass Against Us

Documentary
The Confession: Living The War On Terror – Ashish Ghadiali, James Rogan
Dancer – Steven Cantor, Gabrielle Tana
The Hard Stop – George Amponsah, Dionne Walker
Notes On Blindness – Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison, Alex Usborne
Versus: The Life And Films Of Ken Loach – Louise Osmond, Rebecca O’Brien

Outstanding Achievement In Craft
Joakim Sundström – Sound – Notes On Blindness
Paul Monaghan, Mat Whitecross – Editing – Supersonic
Robbie Ryan – Cinematography – American Honey
Seb Barker – Visual Effects – The Girl With All The Gifts
Shaheen Baig – Casting – Free Fire

The Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director)
Adam Smith – Trespass Against Us
Alice Lowe – Prevenge
Babak Anvari – Under The Shadow
Peter Middleton, James Spinney – Notes On Blindness
Rachel Tunnard – Adult Life Skills

Debut Screenwriter
Ed Talfan – The Passing (Yr Ymadawiad)
Hope Dickson Leach – The Levelling
John Cairns, Michael McCartneyA Patch Of Fog
Rachel Tunnard – Adult Life Skills
Simon Farnaby, Julian Barratt – Mindhorn

Breakthrough Producer
Camille Gatin – The Girl With All The Gifts
Dionne Walker – The Hard Stop
Michael Berliner – Adult Life Skills
Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison – Notes On Blindness
Paul Fegan – Where You’re Meant To Be

Most Promising Newcomer
Dave Johns – I, Daniel Blake
Hayley Squires – I, Daniel Blake
Letitia Wright – Urban Hymn
Sennia Nanua – The Girl With All The Gifts
Steve Brandon – My Feral Heart

The Discovery Award
Black Mountain Poets – Jamie Adams, Jon Rennie
The Darkest Universe – Tom Kingsley, Will Sharpe, Tiani Ghosh, Jo-Jo Ellison
The Ghoul – Gareth Tunley, Jack Healy Guttmann, Tom Meeten
Gozo – Miranda Bowen, Leo Scott
The Greasy Strangler – Jim Hosking, Toby Harvard, Daniel Noah, Andrew Starke, Ant Timpson, Josh C Waller, Elijah Wood

British Short
Jacked – Rene Pannevis, Ashish Ghadiali, Jennifer Eriksson
Mother – Leo Leigh, Scott O’Donnell
Over – Jörn Threlfall, Jeremy Bannister
Rate Me – Fyzal Boulifa, Taina Galis
The Wrong End Of The Stick – Terri Matthews, Chris Cornwell, Sam Bank

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