Film4 received a total of 12 nominations for the British Independent Film Awards 2016, announced this morning.

Sasha Lane as in American Honey

Sasha Lane in American Honey

Andrea Arnold’s American Honey received six nominations, there were three nominations for debut filmmaker Adam Smith’s Trespass Against Us, two for Ben Wheatley’s recent LFF Closing Night film Free Fire, and one nomination for Susanna White’s Our Kind of Traitor.

Director of Film4 Daniel Battsek commented: “I’m thrilled for all our nominees whose work was recognised in this morning’s announcement, and very happy that those nominations are spread over four films from a variety of gifted filmmakers. The BIFAs are an important champion of British independent filmmaking, and we’re proud to have backed all of those nominated this morning. Good luck to everyone on December 4th, we’ll be cheering for you.”

Andrea Arnold’s American Honey received six nominations, for Best British Independent Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay for Arnold herself, Sasha Lane was nominated for Best Actress, Shia LaBeouf for Best Actor, and cinematographer Robbie Ryan was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Craft.


Michael Fassbender & Brendan Gleeson in Trespass Against Us

Trespass Against Us secured three nominations: Best Actor for Michael Fassbender, Best Supporting Actor for Sean Harris, and The Douglas Hickox Award for Debut Director for Adam Smith.

Ben Wheatley's Free Fire

Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire

Free Fire secured two nominations: Best Director for Ben Wheatley and Outstanding Achievement in Craft for Shaheen Baig, for casting.

Our Kind of Traitor’s Naomie Harris was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category. As previously announced, Harris will also receive The Variety Award, which recognises a director, actor, writer or producer who has made a global impact and helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK.

Winners will be announced at the British Independent Film Award ceremony on Sunday 4th December at Old Billingsgate.