British Independent Film Awards Add New Categories
The additions of honors for best debut screenwriter and breakthrough producer help target emerging talent.
The British Independent Film Awards, affectionately known as the BIFAs and held in London in December, have expanded their focus on emerging talent with the addition of two new categories.
Best debut screenwriter and breakthrough producer have been included on the list of honors, with breakthrough producer — aimed at first- or second-time producers — replacing producer of the year.
At the same time, organizers unveiled changes to the voting system, with the pool of voters deciding the longlists expanded while also taking into account which of the films each voter has seen and where there is a conflict of interest. Debut director, debut screenwriter, breakthrough producer and most promising newcomer will be decided by individual juries.
"BIFA has always been about showcasing new talent and these new categories allow us to shine a light on even more of the most exciting future prospects in British film," co-directors Deena Wallace and Amy Gustin said Monday in a statement. "We’re delighted to see so many people across the industry take up the opportunity to be part of the nominations process and we hope that placing the winner of best British independent film into our voters’ hands will encourage even more people to sign up."
Last year's awards saw Ex Machina emerge as the big winner, taking home four prizes.