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2016 British Independent Film Awards: Full Winners List

"American Honey" wins four awards, including Best British Independent Film.

"America Honey"

“American Honey”


American Honey” took the top prize at the 2016 British Independent Film Awards, which was held on Sunday at London’s Old Billingsgate.

“American Honey” was named Best British Independent Film, and also scored three additional awards (including Best Director for Andrea Arnold). Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” was the night’s only non-UK winner, picking up honors for Best International Independent Film.

The 19th annual BIFA ceremony, hosted by Jennifer Saunders, also presented Clare Binns with the Special Jury Prize for her “unstinting efforts in bringing independent film to new audiences.”

Naomie Harris was also presented the Variety Award by Danny Boyle, in recognition of the global impact she made this year in helping to focus the international film spotlight on the UK.

READ MORE: LA Film Critics Association Name the Best Films and Performances of 2016

The Richard Harris Award was given to Alison Steadman by Richard Harris’ granddaughter Ella Harris and Alison’s co-star from “Life Is Sweet,” Claire Skinner. The award recognizes outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.

See the full list of winners below.

Best British Independent Film
“American Honey,” Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy, Pouya Shahbazian, Alice Weinberg, Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa – WINNER
“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

Best Director
Andrea Arnold, “American Honey” – WINNER
Babak Anvari, “Under the Shadow”
Ben Wheatley, “Free Fire”
Ken Loach, “I, Daniel Blake”
Peter Middleton and James Spinney, “Notes on Blindness”

Best Actress
Sasha Lane, “American Honey” – WINNER
Hayley Squires, “I, Daniel Blake
Jodie Whittaker, “Adult Life Skills”
Kate Dickie, “Couple in a Hole”
Narges Rashidi, “Under the Shadow”

Best Supporting Actress
Avin Manshadi, “Under the Shadow” – WINNER
Gemma Arterton, “The Girl With All the Gifts”
Naomie Harris, “Our Kind of Traitor”
Shana Swash, “My Feral Heart”
Terry Pheto, “A United Kingdom”

Best International Independent Film
“Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner – WINNER
“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
“Mustang,” Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Alice Winocour, Charles Gillibert
“Toni Erdmann,” Maren Ade, Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Michel Merkt

Best Screenplay
Babak Anvari, “Under the Shadow” – WINNER
Andrea Arnold, “American Honey”
Billy O’Brien and Christopher Hyde, “I Am Not a Serial Killer”
Paul Laverty, “I, Daniel Blake”
Rachel Tunnard, “Adult Life Skills”

Best Actor
Dave John, “I, Daniel Blake” – WINNER
Max Records, “I Am Not a Serial Killer”
Michael Fassbender, “Trespass Against Us”
Shia LaBeouf, “American Honey”
Steve Brandon, “My Feral Heart”

Best Supporting Actor
Brett Goldstein, “Adult Life Skills” – WINNER
Arinze Kene, “The Pass”
Christopher Lloyd, “I Am Not a Serial Killer”
Jamie Dornan, “Anthropoid”
Sean Harris, “Trespass Against Us”

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

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

Breakthrough Producer – new for 2016
Camille Gatin, “The Girl With All the Gifts” – WINNER
Dionne Walker, “The Hard Stop”
Michael Berlinker, “Adult Life Skills”
Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison, “Notes on Blindness”
Paul Fegan, “Where You’re Meant to Be”

The Discovery Award
“The Greasy Strangler,” Jim Hosking, Toby Harvard, Daniel Noah, Andrew Starke, Ant Timpson, Josh C Waller, Elijah Wood – WINNER

“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

Outstanding Achievement in Craft
Robbie Ryan, Cinematography – “American Honey” – WINNER
Joakim Sundstrom, Sound – “Notes on Blindness”
Paul Monaghan, Mat Whitecross, Editing – “Supersonic”
Seb Barker, Visual Effects – “The Girl With All the Gifts”
Shaheen Baig, Casting – “Free Fire”

Debut Screenwriter – new for 2016
Rachel Tunnard, “Adult Life Skills” – WINNER
Ed Talfan, “The Passing (Yr Ymadawiad)”
Hope Dickson Leach, “The Levelling”
John Cairns and Michael McCartney, “A Patch of Fog”
Simon Farnaby and Julian Barratt, “Mindhorn”

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

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

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