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Moët British Independent Film Awards Announce Debut Director Long List

Moët British Independent Film Awards Announce Debut Director Long List

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The Moët British Independent Film Awards has announced the long list of potential nominees for the ceremony’s Douglas Hickox Award, which awards the year’s best debut filmmaker and is named in memoriam of the director of “Entertaining Mr Sloane,” “Theatre of Blood” and “Zulu Dawn.”

Celebrating its 18th year running, the Moët British Independent Film Awards showcase the innovative and superior filmmaking in the UK. Run by Elliot Grove and Suzanna Ballantyne of the Raindance Film Festival, the BIFA Awards has previously awarded films including,”Pride,” Tyrannosaur,” “The King’s Speech,” “Moon,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The Constant Gardener” and “This is England.”

Before this morning’s announcement, BIFA has never announced a long list of entries, though they hope it will give the chance for the lengthy list of directors to get exposure. “There is so much potential and talent in this list, we had to share it. We want to congratulate all of these promising new filmmakers and let the future British film industry know that it is in safe hands. We will all be fascinated to see how these new directors develop and hone their crafts,” said Pippa Cross, who chairs the sub-group.

The final list of five nominees will be announced tomorrow morning.

The directors on the long list are:

Steve Oram for “Aaaaaaaah!”

Chanya Button for “Burn Burn Burn”

William Fairman, Max Gogarty for “Chemsex”

Joe Stephenson for “Chicken”

Richard Raymond for “Desert Dancer”

Corin Hardy for “The Hallow”

Jake Gavin for “Hector”

Paul Katis for “Kajaki: The True Story”

Robert Carlyle for “The Legend of Barney Thomson”

Howard Webster for “Meet Pursuit Delange”

Chris & Ben Blaine for “Nina Forever”

David Farr for “The Ones Below”

David Leon for “Orthodox”

Ben Sharrock for “Pikadero”

The Shammasian Brothers for “The Pyramid Texts”

Mark Burton, Richard Starzak for “Shaun the Sheep Movie”

John Maclean for “Slow West”

Stephen Fingleton for “The Survivalist”

Helen Walsh for “The Violators”

Heidi Greensmith for “Winter”

READ MORE: ’71,’ ‘Pride,’ ‘Mr. Turner’ Lead Race for British Independent Films Awards

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