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Film4-backed films take five awards at the 2014 British Independent Film Awards

09 Dec, 2014 Productions Posted in: Awards, BIFA

Five Film4-backed films received awards at the 17th annual BritishIndependent Film Awards which took place last night, including Yann Demange who took home the Best Director Award for ’71 along with Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard who received the Best Debut Director Award for 20,000 Days on Earth.

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Sameena Jabeen Ahmed, awarded Best British Newcomer at the London Film Festival Awards, was once again recognised for her role in the forthcoming Catch Me Daddy and took home the Most Promising Newcomer Award.

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Best Screenplay was awarded to Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan for Frank. Stephen Rennicks took home the Best Technical Achievement Award for his music on the same film.

Jon with Frank and the band

David Kosse, Director of Film4, says, “We are thrilled that our filmmakers, in front of and behind the camera, have been honoured at this year’s British Independent Film Awards. Film4’s work with new talent is hugely important to us, so it’s very exciting that they have been recognised with these awards.”

Film4-backed films receive 27 nominations at British Independent Film Awards

03 Nov, 2014 Posted in: Awards, BIFA
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Film4-backed films have received a total of 27 nominations at this year’s British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs). Yann Demange’s ’71 received 9 nominations, the highest number of all films on the list. Daniel and Matthew Wolfe’s Catch Me Daddy, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank and Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner have picked up 5 nominations each. Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days on Earth also received 3 nominations.

’71 and Mr.Turner are nominated in the Best British Independent Film category while Yann Demange, Mike Leigh and Lenny Abrahamson are all nominated in the Best Director category at the annual awards, which celebrate achievement in independently-funded British filmmaking. (See full details on nominations below).

The jury for 2014 has also been announced and includes: Jury Chair – Tom Hooper (Director), Jonathan Romney (Writer, Director), Jon S Baird(Writer, Director), Luke Treadaway (Actor), Mary Burke (Producer), Sean Ellis (Writer, Director), Shira MacLeod (Film Programming Consultant), Stanley Tucci (Actor, Director), Thea Sharrock (Director), Tinge Kirshnan (Director) Tracy O’Riordan (Producer) and Zawe Ashton (Actor, Director).

The BIFAs are held on 7th December 2014 at Old Billingsgate in central London.

 

Full list of nominees (Film4 nominations in bold):

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM

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’71

Calvary

Mr. Turner

Pride

The Imitation Game

BEST DIRECTOR

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John Michael McDonagh – Calvary

Lenny Abrahamson – Frank

Matthew Warchus – Pride

Mike Leigh – Mr. Turner

Yann Demange – ’71

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]

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Daniel Wolfe, Matthew Wolfe – Catch Me Daddy

Hong Khaou – Lilting

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

Morgan Matthews – X+Y

Yann Demange –  ’71

BEST SCREENPLAY

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Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

Gregory Burke – ’71 

John Michael McDonagh – Calvary

Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan – Frank

Stephen Beresford – Pride

BEST ACTRESS

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Alicia Vikander – Testament of Youth

Cheng Pei Pei – Lilting

Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle

Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game

Sameena Jabeen Ahmed – Catch Me Daddy

BEST ACTOR

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Asa Butterfield  – X+Y

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game

Brendan Gleeson – Calvary

Jack O’Connell – ’71

Timothy Spall – Mr. Turner

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Dorothy Atkinson – Mr. Turner

Imelda Staunton – Pride

Maggie Gyllenhaal – Frank

Sally Hawkins – X+Y

Sienna Guillory – The Goob

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

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Andrew Scott – Pride

Ben Schnetzer – Pride

Michael Fassbender – Frank

Rafe Spall – X+Y

Sean Harris – ‘71

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER

Ben Schnetzer – Pride

Cara Delevingne – The Face of An Angel

Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle

Liam Walpole – The Goob

Sameena Jabeen Ahmed – Catch Me Daddy

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

’71

20,000 Days on Earth

Catch Me Daddy

Lilting

The Goob

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Chris Wyatt – Editing – ’71

Dick Pope – Cinematography – Mr. Turner

Robbie Ryan – Cinematography – Catch Me Daddy

Stephen Rennicks – Music – Frank

Tat Radcliffe – Cinematography – ’71

BEST DOCUMENTARY

20,000 Days on Earth

Next Goal Wins

Night Will Fall

The Possibilities Are Endless

Virunga

BEST BRITISH SHORT

Crocodile

Emotional Fusebox

Keeping Up With The Joneses

Slap

The Kármán Line

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM

Blue Ruin

Boyhood

Fruitvale Station

Ida

The Badadook

THE RAINDANCE AWARD

Flim: The Movie…

Gregor

Luna

Keeping Rosy

The Beat Beneath My Feet

THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution by an actor to British Film)

To Be Announced

THE VARIETY AWARD

To Be Announced

THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

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Danny Boyle’s Shuffle Festival Jury and Prize announced

26 Jun, 2014 Posted in: Awards, Careers, Festivals, News, Short films, Talent

A short film competition is to be judged by Danny Boyle, Clio Barnard, Sally El Hosaini and Dexter Fletcher, with the top prize being a one-on-one mentoring session with Danny Boyle.

Shuffle Festival

July 30 to August 4 sees London’s most urban woodlands in Tower Hamlets’ Cemetery Park become a festival of film, music and arts, with a short film competition judged by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), BAFTA Award-nominated director Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant), award-winning director Sally El Hosaini (My Brother the Devil) and actor and director Dexter Fletcher (Sunshine on Leith, Wild Bill).

Shorts can win prizes in three categories. The winner of the Science and the Imagination category gets a trip to California including a virtual reality session and visit to Google HQ in Silicon Valley, while the winner of The City category gets a one-on-one mentoring session with Danny Boyle, and the winner of the Young Filmmakers under 25 category gets a five-day lighting package for their next film.

Danny Boyle says “Shuffle is the most fun anyone can have in a graveyard in Mile End. The point of the festival is to help build a stronger community and campaign for permanently affordable housing in the area, so please do come on by.” The artistic director of the festival, Kate MacTiernan, adds: “This year, Danny Boyle and Shuffle Festival have created a new film prize, to recognise up-and-coming talent as well as celebrate the art of the short film – where concept, idea, character and visual execution must be realised quickly and concisely. We are thrilled that Danny Boyle will judge the competition and offer his expertise to the winner.”

Last year’s guests at Shuffle included Jarvis Cocker, Nic Roeg, Martin McDonagh, Julien Temple, Brian Cox, Tim Key, Underworld and Mark Kermode, with this year’s films and guests to be announced in due course.

Shuffle takes place from 30th July 2014 – 4th August 2014

 

Timothy Spall wins Best Actor for Mr. Turner at Cannes

24 May, 2014 Productions Posted in: Awards, Cannes, Cannes, Festivals, News

We’re delighted to report than Timothy Spall has taken the Best Actor prize at Cannes 2014 for his portrayal of the titular character in Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner

Timothy Spall as Mr. Turner

Timothy Spall as Mr. Turner

Timothy Spall has won the Best Actor Award for his portrayal of British painter J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s much-lauded biopic Mr. Turner, which is proudly backed by Film4. Tessa Ross, Head of Film4, said: “Huge congratulations to Tim for this wonderful, well-deserved recognition from the Cannes jury. Mike has done something truly exceptional with this beautiful and evocative film, at the heart of which lies an astonishing central performance from Tim Spall. We’ve seen such an exciting range of British talent and work showcased on the Croisette this year, and to have a British actor take home this prize is an honour the whole industry can celebrate.”

Leigh’s J.M.W. Turner biopic is his fifth film to be selected in competition at Cannes Film Festival, with his previous Palme d’Or win being awarded for his 1996 feature Secrets & Lies. Alongside Mr. Turner Film4 had two other films selected for this year’s Cannes: Mike Leigh’s Jimmy’s Hall played in competition, whilst Daniel Wolfe’s debut feature Catch Me Daddy was selected for Director’s Fortnight.

Film4 also unveiled a slate of films at the festival, including Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, Todd Haynes’ Carol and Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette. Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. It develops and co-finances films with an annual budget of £15 million and is known for working with the most innovative talent in the UK.

Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award-winners such as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges and Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady; critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Mike Leigh’s Another Year, Chris Morris’ Four Lions, Shane Meadows’ This Is England, Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers and Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant; and the most successful British comedy at the UK box office, Ben Palmer’s The Inbetweeners Movie. Recent releases includes Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin, Richard Ayoade’s The Double, David Mackenzie’s Starred Up and Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank.

 

 

Oscar winner Steve McQueen visits Channel 4 HQ

12 Mar, 2014 Productions Posted in: Academy Awards, Awards

Earlier today Steve McQueen visited Channel 4 HQ and was greeted by the whole company, with staff gathering to congratulate him on his Best Picture win for 12 Years A Slave.

Tessa and Steve at C4

Steve McQueen and Tessa Ross

Rapturous applause and huge cheers greeted Steve as he walked through the doors as he waved his Oscar for all on the balconies to see.

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Steve has worked with Film4 since his first feature film Hunger, followed by Shame and now the Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave. It was an incredibly proud moment for everyone at the channel as he brought his Oscar home.

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C4 Chief Executive David Abraham, Chairman Lord Burns, Controller of Film and Drama Tessa Ross and Steve McQueen

Congratulations from all at Channel 4, Steve!