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BIFA gets three new patrons

Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, David Thewlis back org

LONDON -- Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen and David Thewlis are backing the British Independent Film Awards by becoming official patrons of the organization.

The trio join other patrons including Mike Figgis, Tom Hollander, Adrian Lester, Ken Loach, Ewan McGregor, Samantha Morton, Bill Nighy, Trudie Styler, Tilda Swinton, Meera Syal, Ray Winstone and Michael Winterbottom.

The 12th annual British Independent Film Awards will be held Dec. 6 in London and aims to celebrate the best of this year's British and independent film talent.