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SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE WINS AT 11TH BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS

Slumdog Millionaire was awarded Best British Independent Film at the eleventh annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) on November 30, 2008 at London’s Old Billingsgate Market.

"It's been another stellar year for independent film in Britain,” say BIFA co-directors Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson. The diverse range of films nominated showcases an astounding lineup of talent both new and established that demands to be celebrated.”

John Woodward, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Film Council, the major funding partner of the BIFAs says: "This year's BIFA nominations and award winners really highlight the range of talent working in the UK with powerful, ground-breaking and imaginative films coming from filmmakers with diverse voices. Over the years these awards have developed a great knack for discovering exciting new talent and promoting them to a wider film world, consequently championing British independent film excellence and originality."


WINNERS
BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
Slumdog Millionaire

BEST DIRECTOR
Sponsored by The Creative Partnership
Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]
Steve McQueen – Hunger

BEST SCREENPLAY
Sponsored by BBC Films
Martin McDonagh – In Bruges

BEST ACTRESS
Sponsored by M.A.C
Vera Farmiga – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

BEST ACTOR
Michael Fassbender – Hunger

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Alexis Zegerman – Happy-Go-Lucky

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Sponsored by Tiscali
Eddie Marsan – Happy-Go-Lucky

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Dev Patel – Slumdog Millionaire

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
Sponsored by Recorded Picture Company
The Escapist

RAINDANCE AWARD
Zebra Crossings

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Sponsored by Skillset
Cinematography – Anthony Dod Mantle – Slumdog Millionaire

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Sponsored by Chapter Media
Man on Wire

BEST BRITISH SHORT
Sponsored by Dailymotion
Soft

BEST FOREIGN FILM
Waltz With Bashir

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

Sponsored by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
David Thewlis

THE VARIETY AWARD
Michael Sheen

THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Sponsored by UK Film Council
Joe Dunton

Published December 2, 2008

For more information on BIFA rules please go to www.bifa.org.uk
 

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