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The nominations for the 15th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards were announced today, at St Martins Lane, London by actor and BIFA Patron, Adrian Lester.

Joint Directors, The Moët British Independent Film Awards’ Johanna von Fischer & Tessa Collinson said: "In this our 15th year, we are delighted to welcome back six-time former host James Nesbitt.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated Pre-Selection Committee who watched over 200 films in order to produce the 2012 Nominations, which once again reflect the diverse range of British film talent, and also welcome this year’s appointed independent Jury who will now spend the next month considering the nominated films."

The highest number of nominations this year goes to Broken with 9 nominations including Best Film, Best Director and Best Debut Director for Rufus Norris, Best Actor for Tim Roth and two Best Supporting Actor nominations for Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear. Sightseers and Berberian Sound Studio both picked up 7 nominations each.

Nominations for Best Actress go to Alice Lowe for Sightseers, Andrea Riseborough for Shadow Dancer, Elle Fanning for Ginger & Rosa, Judi Dench for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady. Along with Tim Roth for Broken, leading men hoping to take home the Best Actor award include Riz Ahmed for Ill Manors, Steve Oram for Sightseers, Terence Stamp for Song for Marion and Toby Jones for Berberian Sound Studio.

Directors who have delivered dynamic debuts this year and are fighting for the Douglas Hickox Award are Bart Layton for The Imposter, Ben Drew for Ill Manors, Rowan Athale for Wasteland, Sally El Hosaini for My Brother the Devil and as mentioned previously Rufus Norris for Broken.

Best supporting Actor nominations go to Billy Connolly for Quartet, Domhnall Gleeson for Shadow Dancer, Tom Wilkinson for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and the two Broken actors Cillian Murphy & Rory Kinnear.

Alice Englert for Ginger & Rosa, Eileen Davies for Sightseers, Maggie Smith for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Olivia Colman for Hyde Park on Hudson and Vanessa Redgrave for Song for Marion are all nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Award.

Emelie De Vitis, Marketing Director for Moët & Chandon commented: "Moët & Chandon is delighted to support BIFA for the third year running. The nominations again reveal the amazing depth of film talent in Britain and we look forward to toasting the winners' success along with BIFA’s 15th birthday on December 9th’.

Amanda Nevill, Chief Executive of the BFI, comments: "At 15 years old, the BIFAs are now firmly established as a key date in the UK film industry calendar and we’re delighted to be supporting this year’s awards.

"The BIFAs are the UK’s only awards focusing entirely on independent British films, as such they really help to shine a spotlight on the vast range and breadth of excellence in independent UK filmmaking - helping to promote independent British films to new audiences, and setting a focus on the Best of British just as the international awards season begins."

The Raindance Award nominees for 2012 include: Frank, Strings, Love Tomorrow City Slacker and Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet. This award honours exceptional achievement for filmmakers working against the odds, often with little or no industry support.

Elliot Grove, Founder Raindance Film Festival and Moët British Independent Film Awards added: "The Raindance Award has become the beacon for new talent. These five films show what Raindance is all about: great acting, storytelling and production values, each made with limited resources against impossible odds."

The Pre-Selection Committee of 70 members viewed nearly 200 films, out of which they selected the nominations, which were decided by ballot.

The winners of The Moët British Independent Film Awards are decided by an independent jury comprised of leading professionals and talent from the British film industry.

The winners will be announced at the much anticipated 15th awards ceremony which will be hosted by actor and BIFA Patron, James Nesbitt, who returns for his seventh year on Sunday 9 December at the impressive Old Billingsgate in London.

The Moët British Independent Film Awards is proud to announce the following nominees for this year’s awards:

- Best British Independent Film
Sponsored by Moët & Chandon

Berberian Sound Studio
Broken
Sightseers
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Imposter

- Best Director
Sponsored by AllCity & Intermission

Bart Layton - The Imposter
Ben Wheatley - Sightseers
John Madden - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Peter Strickland - Berberian Sound Studio
Rufus Norris 0 Broken

- The Douglas Hickox Award [Best Debut Director]
Sponsored by 3 Mills Studios

Bart Layton - The Imposter
Ben Drew - Ill Manors
Rowan Athale - Wasteland
Rufus Norris - Broken
Sally El Hosaini - My Brother the Devil

- Best Screenplay
Sponsored by BBC Films

Abi Morgan - The Iron Lady
Alice Lowe, Steve Oram, Amy Jump - Sightseers
Mark O'Rowe - Broken
Paul Andrew Williams - Song for Marion
Peter Strickland - Berberian Sound Studio

- Best Actress
Sponsored by M.A.C

Alice Lowe (Tina) - Sightseers
Andrea Riseborough (Colette McVeigh) - Shadow Dancer
Elle Fanning (Ginger) - Ginger & Rosa
Judi Dench (Evelyn Greenslade) - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Meryl Streep (Margaret Thatcher) - The Iron Lady

- Best Actor

Riz Ahmed (Aaron) - Ill Manors
Steve Oram (Chris) - Sightseers
Terence Stamp (Arthur) - Song for Marion
Tim Roth (Archie) - Broken
Toby Jones (Gilderoy) - Berberian Sound Studio

- Best Supporting Actress

Alice Englert (Rosa)- Ginger & Rosa
Eileen Davies (Carol) - Sightseers
Maggie Smith (Muriel Donnelly) - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Olivia Colman (Queen Elizabeth) - Hyde Park on Hudson
Vanessa Redgrave (Marion) - Song for Marion

- Best Supporting Actor
Sponsored by Sanderson & St Martins Lane

Billy Connolly (Wilf) - Quartet
Cillian Murphy (Mike Kiernan) - Broken
Domhnall Gleeson (Connor) - Shadow Dancer
Rory Kinnear (Bob Oswald) - Broken
Tom Wilkinson (Graham Dashwood) - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

- Most Promising Newcomer
Sponsored by Studiocanal

Elliott Tittensor (Tits) - Spike Island
Eloise Laurence (Skunk) - Broken
James Floyd (Rashid) - My Brother the Devil
Paul Brannigan (Robbie) - The Angels' Share
Zawe Ashton (Joyce Vincent) - Dreams of a Life

- Best Achievement In Production
Sponsored by Company3

Berberian Sound Studio
Ill Manors
Sightseers
The Imposter
The Sweeney

- Best Technical Achievement
Sponsored by LightBrigade Media

Nic Knowland Bsc - Cinematography - Berberian Sound Studio
Joakim Sundström, Stevie Haywood AMPS IPS - Sound Design - Berberian Sound Studio
Electric Wave Bureau - Music - Broken
Robbie Ryan - Cinematography - Ginger & Rosa
Andrew Hulme - Editing - The Imposter

- Best Documentary

Dreams of a Life
London: The Modern Babylon
Marley
Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir
The Imposter

- Best British Short
Supported by the BFI

Friday
Junk
Skyborn
Swimmer
Volume

- Best International Independent Film

Amour
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Rust & Bone
Searching For Sugar Man
The Hunt

- The Raindance Award

Frank
Strings
Love Tomorrow
City Slacker
Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet

The Jury for 2012 includes:Chair - Alison Owen (Producer), Adrian Hodges (Writer), Christine Bottomley (Actress), Danny Leigh (Film Critic), Iain Canning (Producer), Jamie Thraves (Director/Writer), Jina Jay (Casting Director), John Boyega (Actor), John Fletcher (Marketing Director, Paramount), Lesley Sharp (Actress), Maria Djurkovic (Production Designer), Michelle Eastwood (Producer), Nick Angel (Music Supervisor), Paul Franklin (SFX Supervisor), Tom Hiddleston (Actor), Tristan Goligher (Producer).


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