Rocks triumphs at 2020 BIFAs


Bukky Bakray and Kosar Ali in Rocks

Now this is what I like to see: an awards body seriously spreading the wealth! Although top prize nominee Calm with Horses went home empty-handed, its fellow four competitors for the 2020 British Independent Film Award for Best Film were all rewarded with at least two prizes each, with all four's directors winning. The biggest winner was Sarah Gavron's brilliant Rocks; its five awards included three for its young cast and one for its casting director - here's hoping the Casting Society of America's sponsorship of that category earns Lucy Pardee a highly deserved Artios Award nod when Rocks finally receives a US release. His House won Best Director among four awards, The Father won Best Screenplay among three, and nominations leader Saint Maud took home a slightly disappointing two. Some inspired choices aside, the recognition of The Reason I Jump in Best Documentary rather undoes all the good taste BIFA voters have displayed elsewhere. Thankfully, it's landed on neither AMPAS' nor BAFTA's Documentary shortlists.


Best British Independent Film Rocks (Sarah Gavron, Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson, Faye Ward, Ameenah Ayub Allen)


Best Director

Remi Weekes (His House)


Best Screenplay (Sponsored by BBC Film)

Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton (The Father)


Best Actress

Wunmi Mosaku (His House)

Best Actor

Anthony Hopkins (The Father)


Best Supporting Actress

Kosar Ali (Rocks)


Best Supporting Actor

D’Angelou Osei Kissiedu (Rocks)

The Douglas Hickox Award for Debut Director (Sponsored by Kodak & Pinewood)

Rose Glass (Saint Maud)

Breakthrough Producer Award

Irune Gurtubai (Limbo) - also produced by Angus Lamont

Debut Screenwriter (Sponsored by Film4)

Riz Ahmed (Mogul Mowgli) - also written by Bassam Tariq

Most Promising Newcomer

Kosar Ali (Rocks)

Best Documentary The Reason I Jump (Jerry Rothwell, Jeremy Dear, Stevie Lee, Al Morrow)

The Raindance Discovery Award

Perfect 10 (Eva Riley, Jacob Thomas, Bertrand Faivre, Valentina Brazzini)

Best British Short Film (Supported by BFI Network)

The Long Goodbye (Aneil Karia, Riz Ahmed, Tom Gardne

Best International Independent Film (Sponsored by Champagne Taittinger)

Nomadland (Chloé Zhao, Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey)

Best Casting (Sponsored by Casting Society of America & Spotlight)

Lucy Pardee (Rocks)


Best Cinematography (Sponsored by Dirty Looks)

Ben Fordesman (Saint Maud)

Best Costume Design

Charlotte Walter (Misbehaviour)

Best Editing (Sponsored by Intermission Film)

Yorgos Lamprinos (The Father)

Best Effects

Pedro Sabrosa, Stefano Pepin (His House)

Best Make Up & Hair Design

Jill Sweeney (Misbehaviour)

Best Music (Sponsored by Universal Music Publishing Group)

Paul Corley (Mogul Mowgli)

Best Production Design (Sponsored by Studio Juice)

Jacqueline Abrahams (His House)

Best Sound (Supported by Halo Post)

Nick Ryan, Ben Baird, Sara de Oliveira Lima (The Reason I Jump)

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