The 18th Moët British Independent Film Awards ceremony, hosted by Richard Ayoade, were held at Old Billingsgate in London last night, where the night’s biggest winner, “Ex Machina,” took home four awards for Best British Independent Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay for director Alex Garland and Outstanding Achievement in Craft for its Visual Effects for Andrew Whitehurst.
Laurence Green, chairman of the BIFA Board, said, “As part of our mission to build the widest audience we can for British independent film, it is BIFA’s great honour to celebrate the cream of the crop once a year at the Moët British Independent Film Awards. This year’s winners speak volumes, not just for their excellence but also for the undimmed ambition and beautiful diversity of the stories they tell.”
Other winners from last night’s ceremony included:
Best Director: Alex Garland, “Ex Machina”
Best Supporting Actor: Brendan Gleeson, “Suffragette”
Best Screenplay: Alex Garland, “Ex Machina”
Best Foreign Independent Film: “Room”
Best Debut Director (Douglas Hickox Award): Stephen Fingleton, “The Survivalist”
Best Achievement in Craft: Andrew Whitehurst (visual effects), “Ex Machina”
Best Documentary: “Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance”
Most Promising Newcomer: Abigail Hardingham, “Nina Forever”
Producer of the Year: Paul Katis and Andrew De Lotbiniere, “Kajaki: The True Story”
Raindance Discovery Award: “Orion: The Man Who Would Be King”
Best Short Film: “Edmond”
This year’s Variety Award, which celebrates a director, actor, writer or producer who has made a global impact and helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK, was presented to Kate Winslet.
Additionally, The Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film was presented to Chiwetel Ejiofor.