Film Skills Fund contributing titles rewarded at BIFAs

The 2021 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) held the first of two ceremonies on 19 November. The awards, celebrating the best of independent British cinema over the last 12 months, are divided between a virtual ceremony for nine craft categories, followed by an in-person event on 5 December where the remaining winners will be announced.

Among those nominated, a total of 11 films contributed to the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund, amassing a combined total of 52 nominations across all categories. The fund is managed by ScreenSkills to invest in skills and training for UK film production. Of those contributing titles there were five wins in the craft categories.

Joanna Hogg’s acclaimed sequel The Souvenir pt. II picked up three awards on the night for production design, editing and costume design. Ali & Ava, Clio Barnard’s Yorkshire-set tale of the eponymous couple battling circumstance and family to form an unlikely bond, was awarded in the best music category, while the prize for make-up and hair design went to the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring The Electrical Life of Louis Wain.

Other nominated productions included After Love, Censor, Benediction, Pirates, Everybody's Talking About Jamie, True Things, Nowhere Special and Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché.

Through ScreenSkills’ trainee finder programme, 38 new entrants received paid placements on eight of the nominated productions and received their first taste of a working film set across costume, hair and make-up, art, camera and sound departments.

On Sunday 5 December the second BIFA ceremony will take place, where a further eight contributing productions will seek awards in the acting, directing, producing, writing and best film categories.

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