Nine BIFA wins for Film Skills Fund contributors

This year’s British Independent Film Award winners once again included multiple productions that paid into ScreenSkills’ Film Skills Fund to support training in the industry.

Last Tree © British Film Institute

Five productions that contributed to the Fund were honoured in the ceremony which took place in London on 1 December.

They included Judy, starring Renée Zellweger, which won two awards. Only You, The Last Tree and Beats received two awards, and Wild Rose scooped one.

This was the second year that BIFA voters have participated in a bespoke unconscious bias training session. The programme was commissioned last year by ScreenSkills and BIFA to make the voting process as fair, inclusive and diligent as possible. This year, the training has also been offered to any non-voters engaged in judging the work of others within the screen industries. 2019’s programme is supported by Endeavor alongside ScreenSkills with National Lottery funds from the British Film Institute as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

We are delighted that so many productions that paid into the Film Skills Fund, which supports skills and training in UK film, have been recognised. Congratulations to all five winning productions:

  • Best Actor – Only You (Josh O’Connor)
  • Best Actress – Judy (Renée Zellweger)
  • Best Supporting Actress – The Last Tree (Ruthxjiah Bellenea)
  • Most Promising Newcomer – The Last Tree (Sam Adewunmi)
  • The Douglas Hickox award (debut director) – Only You (Harry Wootliff)
  • Best Cinematography – Beats (Benjamin Kračun)
  • Best Make-Up and Hair Design – Judy (Jeremy Woodhead)
  • Best Music – Wild Rose (Jack Arnold)
  • Best Sound – Beats (David Bowtle-Mcmillan, Joakim Sundström, Robert Farr)

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