Film Skills Fund contributors nominated for 82 BIFAs

The British Independent Film Awards are dominated by films that paid into the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund.

The Favourite © Element Pictures

Update: On 15 November the winners of some of the craft award sections were pre-announced. Congratulations to The Favourite for winning: best casting (Dixie Chassay), best cinematography (Robbie Ryan), best costume design (Sandy Powell), best make-up and hair design (Nadia Stacey) and best production design (Fiona Crombie). You Were Never Really Here won best music (Jonny Greenwood) and best sound (Paul Davies), while American Animals won best editing (Nick Fenton, Julian Hart and Chris Gill). Early Man won best effects (Howard Jones).

Original: We are delighted that so many of the productions that contributed to the fund, which supports skills and training in UK film, have been recognised.

Nominees were selected by a panel of industry professionals who received bespoke unconscious bias training, which was commissioned by ScreenSkills and BIFA in an attempt to make the voting process as fair, inclusive and diligent as possible.

Organisers of the BIFAs said that 2018 is a record year for female representation among nominees. Women make up 40% of individual nominees across directing, writing, producing, performance and craft and 75% of nominees across the breakthrough producer and most promising newcomers categories.

The Favourite, which contributed to the fund, leads the lists with 13 nominations, including seven in the technical categories that cover behind-the-camera facets of filmmaking such as costume design, hair and make-up and production design. American Animals, another production that paid into the fund, received 11 nominations, including one for best sound and editing.

Congratulations and a big thank you to all of the 22 productions that paid into the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund:

  • The Favourite
  • American Animals
  • You Were Never Really Here
  • Beast
  • Lean on Pete
  • Stan & Ollie
  • Colette
  • Apostasy
  • Been So Long
  • The Dig
  • Irene’s Ghost
  • Calibre
  • Ray & Liz
  • The Party’s Just Beginning
  • Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story
  • Evelyn
  • Under the Wire
  • An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn
  • Peterloo
  • Time Trial
  • Early Man

Read the full nominations announcement here. The 21st British Independent Film Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday 2 December.

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