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Last night the awards ceremony for the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) was held in London. BIFA was created in 1998 by Elliot Grove, the founder of Raindance, which organises an excellent indie film festival in London every September. The BIFAs, meanwhile, “set out to celebrate merit and achievement in independently funded British filmmaking, to honour new talent, and to promote British filmmaking and British talent to a wider public”.

You can find the full list of winners here, but a quick shout-out to a number of them:

  • Tyrannosaur (2011) wins “Best British Independent Film”. The title is metaphorical, which I hadn’t previously realised. Now that I do and have also read the film synopsis, Tyrannosaur sounds already much more interesting. There is a beautifully designed film poster too – horizontal version above, vertical version (double click to enlarge) here:

  • Lynne Ramsay takes home the trophy for “Best Director”, for the much talked about We Need to Talk about Kevin (2011).
  • The “Raindance Award” went to Koutaiba Al-Janabi’s docu-drama الرحيل من بغداد/Al Raheel Min Baghdad/Leaving Baghdad (Iraq/UK/United Arab Emirates, 2010). See links for synopsis and trailer

Website of the BIFA: http://bifa.org.uk/