Press Release

2013 Nominations Announced for the 16th Annual British Independent Film Awards

Sunday 10 November 2013





London, Monday 11th November The nominations for the 16th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards were announced today, at St Martins Lane, London by actor, BIFA Patron and previous winner, Ewan McGregor.


Joint Directors, The Moët British Independent Film Awards’ Johanna von Fischer & Tessa Collinson said: “This year the standard is so high. We would like to thank our dedicated members who viewed over 200 films. Now our wonderful independent jury, announced today, will have the unenviable task of choosing the winners who will be the first to receive the newly launched iconic signature trophy designed by Fredrikson Stallard, created by Swarovski.”


The highest number of nominations this year goes to Starred Up with 8 nominations including Best British Independent Film, Best Director for David Mackenzie, Best Screenplay for Jonathan Asser, Best Actor for Jack O’Connell, and two Best Supporting Actor nominations for Rupert Friend and Ben Mendelsohn. The Selfish Giant picked up 7 nominations and Filth, Metro Manila and Le Week-end all picked up 5 nominations each.


Nominations for Best Actress go to Judi Dench for Philomena, Lindsay Duncan for Le Week-end, Scarlett Johansson for Under The Skin, Felicity Jones for The Invisible Woman and Saoirse Ronan for How I Live Now.  Along with Jack O’Connell for Starred Up, leading men hoping to take home the Best Actor award include Jim Broadbent for Le Week-end, Steve Coogan for Philomena, Tom Hardy for Locke and James McAvoy for Filth.


Best Supporting Actor nominations go to John Arcilla for Metro Manila, Jeff Goldblum for Le Week-end, Eddie Marsan for Filth and the two Starred Up actors Rupert Friend and Ben Mendelsohn.


Siobhan Finneran for The Selfish Giant, Shirley Henderson for Filth, Imogen Poots for The Look of Love, Kristin Scott Thomas for The Invisible Woman and Mia Wasikowska for The Double are all nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Award.


Directors who have delivered dynamic debuts this year and are fighting for the Douglas Hickox Award are Charlie Cattrall for Titus, Tina Gharavi for I Am Nasrine, Jeremy Lovering for In Fear, Omid Nooshin for Last Passenger and Paul Wright for For Those in Peril.


Elsa Corbineau, Marketing Director Moët & Chandon: 'Every year the talent pool recognised by the Moët British Independent Awards continues to inspire us with the depth and richness it represents. With a century-long history supporting the stars of the silver screen, Moët & Chandon is looking forward to celebrating the British film industry's achievements in a fittingly glamorous way at the Awards on December 8th'.

Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund comments: “Where other awards sometimes fear to tread, the MBIFAs puts the wild creativity of British independent filmmaking front and centre. This year we have witnessed a renewed confidence in bold UK filmmaking which has been recognised around the world and will inspire a new generation of talent. The BFI NET.WORK has been established to support extraordinary new voices who need a platform like the BIFAs to showcase their talent to the industry, and that’s why we are so pleased to support the Best British Short award this year.”    


The Raindance Award nominees for 2013 include: Everyone’s Going to Die, The Machine, The Patrol, Sleeping Dogs and Titus. This award honours exceptional achievement for filmmakers working against the odds, often with little or no industry support.  Elliot Grove, Founder of Raindance Film Festival and Moët British Independent Film Awards added: “Its a delight to see how In just a few years the BIFA nominations have become one of the most eagerly anticipated film events of the calendar year. Congratulations to all the nominees.


The Pre-Selection Committee of 70 members viewed over 200 films, out of which they selected the nominations, which were decided by ballot.


The winners of The Moët British Independent Film Awards are decided by an independent jury comprised of leading professionals and talent from the British film industry.


The Jury for 2013 includes: Jury Chair - Penny Woolcock (Director), Antonia Campbell-Hughes (Actress), Art Malik (Actor), Ate de Jong (Director), Bart Layton (Director), James Floyd (Actor),  Jill McCullough (Dialect Coach), Julien Temple (Director), Liza Marshall (Producer), MyAnna Buring (Actress), Natascha McElhone (Actress), Pippa Harris (Producer), Roland Gift (Musician), Sally El Hosaini (Director), Sandy Powell (Costume Designer), Steve Hamilton Shaw (Producer).


The winners will be announced at the much anticipated 16th awards ceremony which will be hosted by actor and BIFA Patron, James Nesbitt, who returns for his eighth year on Sunday 8 December at the impressive Old Billingsgate in London.


The awards ceremony will be streamed exclusively live on from 8.00pm


The Moët British Independent Film Awards is proud to announce the following nominees for this year’s awards:



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Metro Manila


The Selfish Giant

Starred Up

Le Week-end



Sponsored by AllCity & Intermission

Jon S Baird – Filth

Clio Barnard – The Selfish Giant

Sean Ellis – Metro Manila

Jonathan Glazer – Under the Skin

David Mackenzie – Starred Up



Sponsored by 3 Mills Studios

Charlie Cattrall – Titus

Tina Gharavi – I Am Nasrine

Jeremy Lovering – In Fear

Omid Nooshin – Last Passenger

Paul Wright – For Those in Peril



Jonathan Asser – Starred Up

Clio Barnard – The Selfish Giant

Steven Knight – Locke

Hanif Kureishi – Le Week-end

Jeff Pope, Steve Coogan – Philomena



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Judi Dench – Philomena

Lindsay Duncan – Le Week-end

Scarlett Johansson – Under the Skin

Felicity Jones – The Invisible Woman

Saoirse Ronan – How I Live Now



Sponsored by BBC Films

Jim Broadbent – Le Week-end

Steve Coogan – Philomena

Tom Hardy – Locke

Jack O'Connell – Starred Up

James McAvoy – Filth



Siobhan Finneran – The Selfish Giant

Shirley Henderson – Filth

Imogen Poots – The Look Of Love

Kristin Scott Thomas – The Invisible Woman

Mia Wasikowska – The Double



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John Arcilla – Metro Manila

Rupert Friend – Starred Up

Jeff Goldblum – Le Week-end

Eddie Marsan – Filth

Ben Mendelsohn – Starred Up



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Harley Bird – How I Live Now

Conner Chapman / Shaun Thomas – The Selfish Giant

Caity Lotz – The Machine

Jake Macapagal – Metro Manila

Chloe Pirrie – Shell



Sponsored by Company3

A Field in England


Metro Manila

The Selfish Giant

Starred Up



Sponsored by LightBrigade Media

Shaheen Baig – Casting – Starred Up

Johnnie Burn – Sound Design – Under the Skin

Amy Hubbard – Casting – The Selfish Giant

Mica Levi – Music – Under the Skin

Justine Wright – Editing – Locke



Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer

The Great Hip Hop Hoax

The Moo Man

The Spirit of '45

The Stone Roses: Made of Stone



Supported by BFI NET.WORK


Dr Easy

Dylan's Room





Blue is the Warmest Colour

Blue Jasmine

Frances Ha

The Great Beauty




Sponsored by Wentworth Media and Arts

Everyone’s Going to Die

The Machine

The Patrol

Sleeping Dogs



THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution by an actor to British Film)

To Be Announced



To Be Announced



Announced at the Moët British Independent Film Awards on Sunday 8th December


Proud supporters and patrons of The Moët British Independent Film Awards include Mike Figgis, Tom Hollander, Adrian Lester, Ken Loach, Ewan McGregor, Helen Mirren, Samantha Morton, James Nesbitt, Michael Sheen, Trudie Styler, Tilda Swinton, Meera Syal, David Thewlis, Ray Winstone and Michael Winterbottom.


The Moët British Independent Film Awards would like to thank all its supporters, especially: Moët & Chandon, BFI NET.WORK, 3 Mills Studios, BBC Films, Company 3, M.A.C Cosmetics, Raindance, Sanderson & St Martins Lane – Morgans Hotel Group, Soho House, Studiocanal, Swarovski, Variety, LightBrigade, AllCity and Intermission.


Created by Raindance

Notes to the editor:


In recognition of Moët & Chandon’s generous contribution as headline sponsor, the 2013 event is referred to as The MOËT British Independent Film Awards.


Recognised for its quality and prestige, Moët & Chandon is the champagne of choice for celebration at international film festivals. The venerable house has captured the attention of Hollywood’s brightest stars since the birth of the film industry. Generations of legendary actors, actresses, producers and directors have celebrated their achievements with Moët & Chandon at the most significant and exclusive cinema events, including the OscarsÒ & Golden GlobesÒ celebrations. 


For further information on MBIFA, visit


For press information regarding The Moët British Independent Film Awards contact Emma McCorkell or Caragh Cook at Organic:

+44 (0) 203 372 0976

Images from the event can be downloaded from


For press information regarding Moët & Chandon contact:

Alexandra King. 020 7808 4458


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Current Rules & Eligibility:

All films must be submitted for consideration by September 20th 2013. 

A feature film will be eligible for an Award if:  

It is intended for theatrical release, AND has had a public screening to a paying audience either on general release in the UK OR has screened at a British-based film festival between 1st December 2012 and 30th November 2013

Where there is any major studio substantially funding a film, the total budget must not exceed $20M. Films are not defined as “independent” strictly on the terms of financing.

It has been produced or majority co-produced by a British company OR is in receipt of at least 51% of its budget from a British source or sources OR it qualifies as a British Film under the DCMS guidelines AND includes sufficient creative elements from the UK

A feature film must be no less than 70 minutes in length.

Films that have been entered previously are not eligible. Re-issues of previously released films are not eligible.

Best British Feature Documentary. In 2003 the British Independent Film Awards introduced this new award. Eligible films must be non-fiction. They should be photographed in actual occurrence, or employ partial re-enactment, stock footage, stills, animation, stop-motion or other techniques, as long as the emphasis is on fact and not on fiction. (Further eligibility criteria as with other feature films above).

Best International Independent Film. BIFA also consider foreign independent films. Foreign films must have a British theatrical release during the eligibility period stated above

The Douglas Hickox Award is to be given a British director for their debut feature film. The estate of Douglas Hickox shall present a cheque for £500 to the winner. 

British Short Film Award submissions: Any British short films that have won an award between the 10th October 2012 and 9th October 2013 are eligible for consideration. Any variations are at the sole discretion and recommendation of the film committee. A short film must be no longer than 40 minutes (including credits).

All eligible films submitted for consideration will be viewed by the BIFA Pre-Selection Committee.  Members vote by secret ballot firstly to draw up a long list then again to determine the nominations. All nominated films are then viewed by an independent Jury appointed each year. The winners are announced during the evening of the Awards Ceremony.

The Special Jury Prize will be decided entirely at the Jury's discretion.

Variety Award recognises an actor, director, writer or producer who has helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK 

The Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Film by an Actor (male/female) to be decided by the Advisory Committee with the input of the Harris family.

Under exceptional circumstances, inclusion and consideration of films which do not strictly comply with the above criteria will be subject to the discretion of the British Independent Film Awards Advisory Committee.

All decisions made by BIFA and its members are final and no correspondence will be entered into as

to why particular entries were or were not nominated



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