Today, the British Independent Film Awards revealed their longlists in four new talent categories, which honours 45 new British writers, producers, directors and upcoming talent from over 30 different movies.
The first one category is The Douglas Hickox Award that goes to a director who made his or her debut on the big screen the past year. Amongst them are Andy Serkis, whose Breathe will be released in the UK this Friday, Francis Lee (God’s Own Country) and Rupert Jones (Kaleidoscope). The BIFA will also award one screenwriter in the category ‘Best Debut Screenwriter’. It will be a very hard choice to only pick one because on that list, we see names such as Tracy Moreton (Mad to Be Normal), Gaby Chiappe (Their Finest) and Nick Payne (The Sense of an Ending). Not only directors and screenwriters but also producers can win one of the prestigious awards, thanks to the ‘Breakthrough Producer’ category. On that longlist are Baldwin Li (England Is Mine), Joanna Laurie (The Limehouse Golem), Matthew Wilkinson (Kaleidoscope) and so many other great producers. The last category of which BIFA announced the longlist is ‘Most Promising Newcomer’ and on that list we find Hannah Rae (City of Tiny Lights), Dudley O’Shaughnessy (White Colour Black) and Harry Gilby (Just Charlie). Five films have been longlisted across all those categories: God’s Own Country, Bad Day for the Cut, Lady Macbeth, Pin Cushion and I Am Not a Witch.
On the 1st of November, the nominees will be announced and the longlists will be cut to a few names of which the winner will be announced during a ceremony at Old Billingsgate on the 10th of December. It will be an extra special night because it’s the 20th anniversary of the awards. You can find the full list on bifa.film