7 December, 2014 | By Wendy Mitchell
Yann Demange wins best director; Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Brendan Gleeson take home top acting prizes.
At the 17th annual Moet British Independent Film Awards, Pride took home the most trophies, including Best British Independent Film, Best Supporting Actress (Imelda Staunton) and Best Supporting Actor (Andrew Scott).
Next Goal Wins won best documentary and Boyhood won best international independent film.
Yann Demange won best director for ‘71.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw won best actress for Belle, while Brendan Gleeson won best actor for Calvary.
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Joint Directors of the BIFAs, Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, who are stepping down from the event after this year, said: “In our final year as directors it is terrific to see such an amazing mix of the established and new beingrepresented in our honourees tonight. The range of diverse and unique talent in this country is awe inspiring. Our jury has had some truly tough decisions to make. We hope these results will excite audiences and encourage more people to search out these films creating a greater demand for British independent cinema.”
As announced before the ceremony, Emma Thompson won the Richard Harris Award and Benedict Cumberbatch won the Variety Award. John Boorman won the special jury prize.
THE MOËT BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS 2014
BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
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Yann Demange – ‘71
THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]
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Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard – 20,000 Days on Earth
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Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan – Frank
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle
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Brendan Gleeson – Calvary
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Imelda Staunton – Pride
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
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Andrew Scott – Pride
MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Sameena Jabeen Ahmed – Catch Me Daddy
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Stephen Rennicks – Music – Frank
Next Goal Wins
BEST BRITISH SHORT
The Kármán Line
BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM
THE RAINDANCE AWARD
THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD
THE VARIETY AWARD
THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
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