The 2023 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) was place on a stunning evening at London’s Old Billingsgate, highlighting the finest of British cinema. With its crowning achievement—Best British Independent Film—All of Us Strangers, directed by Andrew Haigh, stole the show. Haigh, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, and Sarah Harvey’s film also won important awards, further establishing its position as a box office smash.

Winners of the 2023 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) are:

Best Director and Screenplay

The man behind the film All of Us Strangers, Andrew Haigh, won two awards: Best Director and Best Screenplay simultaneously. Along with the film’s many other accomplishments, Haigh’s skill as a director and storyteller was lauded. The film’s indisputable success was aided by the smooth coordination of direction and storytelling.

Paul Mescal’s Supporting Performance Shines

The Supporting Performance category witnessed a remarkable tie between two outstanding actors. Paul Mescal’s portrayal in All of Us Strangers secured him the award, sharing the honor with Shaun Thomas from How to Have Sex. Mescal’s nuanced performance added depth to the film, further elevating its emotional impact.

Outstanding Debut: Savanah Leaf and Theo Barrowclough

Savanah Leaf, the director of Earth Mama, claimed the Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director. Leaf’s exceptional work marked a promising start to her directorial journey. Additionally, Theo Barrowclough, the producer of Scrapper, was recognized as the Breakthrough Producer, underscoring the importance of fresh talent in the film industry.

Mia Mckenna-Bruce and Other Lead Performances

This prestigious award went to Mia Mckenna-Bruce of How to Have Sex because of her superb performance as the lead actress in the film. In addition, the outstanding collaborative work that went into making Femme a hit was recognized, and the shared lead performances by Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and George Mackay were praised.

Noteworthy Craft Wins

Several films made a mark in the technical categories. All of Us Strangers secured wins in Best Cinematography for Jamie D. Ramsay, Best Editing for Jonathan Alberts, and Best Music Supervision for Connie Farr. These wins, coupled with the earlier craft awards, highlighted the film’s comprehensive excellence in filmmaking.

Special Recognition: Stephen Graham and Others

The prestigious Richard Harris Award, bestowed upon those who make an outstanding contribution to British Film, was presented to Stephen Graham. Known for his impactful roles in Boiling Point, Snatch, and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Graham joined an esteemed list of previous recipients, solidifying his legacy in British cinema.

Full List of Winners

  • Best British Independent Film: All Of Us Strangers – Andrew Haigh, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Sarah Harvey
  • Best International Independent Film: Anatomy Of A Fall – Justine Triet, Arthur Harari, Marie-ange Luciani, David Thion
  • Best Director: Andrew Haigh – All Of Us Strangers
  • Best Screenplay: Andrew Haigh – All Of Us Strangers
  • Best Lead Performance: Mia Mckenna-Bruce – How To Have Sex
  • Best Joint Lead Performance: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, George Mackay – Femme
  • Best Supporting Performance: Paul Mescal – All Of Us Strangers / Shaun Thomas – How To Have Sex
  • Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director): Savanah Leaf – Earth Mama
  • Breakthrough Producer: Theo Barrowclough – Scrapper
  • Breakthrough Performance: Vivian Oparah – Rye Lane
  • Best Debut Screenwriter: Nida Manzoor – Polite Society
  • Best Debut Director – Feature Documentary: Chloe Abrahams – The Taste Of Mango
  • Raindance Maverick Award: If The Streets Were On Fire – Alice Russell, Gannesh Rajah
  • Best Feature Documentary: If The Streets Were On Fire – Alice Russell, Gannesh Rajah
  • Best British Short Film: Festival Of Slaps – Abdou Cissé, Cheri Darbon, George Telfer
  • Best Casting: Isabella Odoffin – How To Have Sex
  • Best Cinematography: Jamie D. Ramsay – All Of Us Strangers
  • Best Costume Design: Buki Ebiesuwa – Femme
  • Best Editing: Jonathan Alberts – All Of Us Strangers
  • Best Effects: Jonathan Gales, Richard Baker – The Kitchen
  • Best Music Supervision: Connie Farr – All Of Us Strangers
  • Best Original Music: Kwes- Rye Lane
  • Best Production Design: Nathan Parker – The Kitchen
  • Best Sound: Mark Jenkin – Enys Men

The celebration of outstanding movies continues even as the 2023 BIFA draws to a conclusion. The varied lineup of honorees exemplifies the richness and diversity of British independent cinema and promises to be an everlasting hallmark.

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