The British Independent Film Awards – the BIFAs to those in the know – is set to unveil its official nominations on Nov. 1 ahead of the Dec 4. ceremony in London.
To celebrate the addition of several new categories aimed at highlighting new and emerging names, The Hollywood Reporter has teamed with the organizers to profile those who have made it onto the nominee long lists.
Following Wednesday's debut screenwriter category and Thursday's breakthrough producers, today it's the turn of the Douglas Hickox Award for debut director. Fifteen films and 16 filmmakers are in the running, many of whom have cropped up in the other long lists as well and many already acclaimed for their work on TV and shorts. From grisly dark comedy to music documentary via Farsi-language horror, the eclectic range of work boasts a tremendous array of talent, with one film already tipped to make it to the Oscars in February.