Success for Protagonist titles '71, Calvary, Frank at BIFAs

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7 December, 2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Yann Demange wins best director; Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Brendan Gleeson take home top acting prizes.

At the 17th annual Moet British Independent Film Awards, Pride took home the most trophies, including Best British Independent Film, Best Supporting Actress (Imelda Staunton) and Best Supporting Actor (Andrew Scott).

Next Goal Wins won best documentary and Boyhood won best international independent film.

Yann Demange won best director for ‘71.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw won best actress for Belle, while Brendan Gleeson won best actor for Calvary.

For the full list of winners, see end of story.

Joint Directors of the BIFAs, Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, who are stepping down from the event after this year, said: “In our final year as directors it is terrific to see such an amazing mix of the established and new beingrepresented in our honourees tonight. The range of diverse and unique talent in this country is awe inspiring. Our jury has had some truly tough decisions to make. We hope these results will excite audiences and encourage more people to search out these films creating a greater demand for British independent cinema.”

As announced before the ceremony, Emma Thompson won the Richard Harris Award and Benedict Cumberbatch won the Variety Award. John Boorman won the special jury prize.

THE MOËT BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS 2014

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM

Sponsored by Moët & Chandon

Pride

BEST DIRECTOR

Sponsored by AllCity & Intermission

Yann Demange – ‘71

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]

Sponsored by 3 Mills Studios

Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard – 20,000 Days on Earth

BEST SCREENPLAY

Sponsored by BBC Films

Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan – Frank

BEST ACTRESS

Sponsored by M.A.C Cosmetics

Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle

BEST ACTOR 

Sponsored by Movado 

Brendan Gleeson – Calvary

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 

Imelda Staunton – Pride

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 

Sponsored by St Martins Lane 

Andrew Scott – Pride

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER

Sameena Jabeen Ahmed – Catch Me Daddy

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

The Goob

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Stephen Rennicks - Music – Frank

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Next Goal Wins

BEST BRITISH SHORT

The Kármán Line

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM

Boyhood 

THE RAINDANCE AWARD

Luna

THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD 

Emma Thompson

THE VARIETY AWARD

Benedict Cumberbatch

THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

John Boorman


Source: http://www.screendaily.com/awards/pride-wins-best-film-at-bifas/5080751.article?blocktitle=LATEST-FILM-NEWS&contentID=40562