The British Independent Film Awards 2014 were held tonight at Old Billingsgate in London. Hosted by Simon Bird, the event recognised the best of British film in 2014, with ’71, Calvary and Pride amongst the films nominated.
Comedy-drama Pride was the big winner on the night, picking up three awards, including Best British Independent Film. Offbeat drama Frank won two prizes.
Emma Thompson and Benedict Cumberbatch won special prizes from the BIFA jury. The major acting prizes went to Brendan Gleeson for Calvary and Gugu Mbatha-Raw for period drama Belle, whilst Best Director went to Yann Demange for ’71.
The full list of winners at the 2014 BIFAs can be found below.
Best Film – Pride
Best Director – Yann Demange (’71)
Best Screenplay – Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan (Frank)
Best Actor – Brendan Gleeson (Calvary)
Best Actress – Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle)
Best Supporting Actor – Andrew Scott (Pride
Best Supporting Actress – Imelda Staunton (Pride)
Best Debut Director (Douglas Hickox Award) – Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard (20,000 Days on Earth)
Most Promising Newcomer – Sameena Jabeen Ahmed (Catch Me Daddy)
Best International Film – Boyhood
Best Technical Achievement – Stephen Rennicks (Music, Frank)
Best Achievement in Production – The Goob
Best Documentary – Next Goal Wins
Best Short – The Karman Line
Raindance Award – Luna
Variety Award – Benedict Cumberbatch
Special Jury Prize – John Boorman
Richard Harris Award (Outstanding Contribution) – Emma Thompson
What did you think of the British Independent Film Awards 2014? Are these the winners you’d have picked? Let me know in the comments section.