British Independent Film Awards 2018 Breakthrough Longlists Unveiled (Exclusive)

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The British Independent Film Awards

Rupert Everett, Karen Gillan and Bart Layton are among those in consideration in BIFA's breakthrough producer, debut screenwriter, most promising newcomer and debut director lists.

The British Independent Film Awards — better known as the BIFAs — have unveiled the 2018 nomination longlists for the four new talent categories: breakthrough producer, debut screenwriter, most promising newcomer and debut director.

The longlists, which will be shaved down to five names in each category when the official nominations are unveiled on Oct. 31, show a strong female presence, particularly among the breakthrough producers, and feature a number of names that are already well established in the industry, including Rupert Everett, Karen Gillan and Bart Layton.

The 2018 BIFA ceremony — the 21st anniversary of the awards — will take place on Dec. 2 at Old Billingsgate in London.

Here are the breakthrough longlists:

Breakthrough producer

A Deal With the Universe, Loran Dunn
Another News Story, Verity Wislocki, Orban Wallace
Apostasy, Marcie MacLellan
Beast, Kristian Brodie
Been So Long, Amanda Jenks
Calibre, Anna Griffin
Irene's Ghost, Rebecca Mark-Lawson
McQueen, Andee Ryder, Ian Bonhôte
Obey, Emily Jones, Ross Williams
Old Boys, Luke Morris
Pili, Sophie Harman
Ray & Liz, Jacqui Davies
Stan & Ollie, Faye Ward
Under the Wire, Tom Brisley
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist, Eleanor Emptage, Shirine Best

Debut screenwriter

American Animals, Bart Layton
Apostasy, Daniel Kokotajlo
Beast, Michael Pearce
Been So Long, Ché Walker
Benjamin, Simon Amstell
Calibre, Matt Palmer
Funny Cow, Tony Pitts
Gholam, Mitra Tabrizian, Cyrus Massoudi
Jellyfish, James Gardner, Simon Lord
Pond Life, Richard Cameron
The Fight, Jessica Hynes
The Happy Prince, Rupert Everett
The Party's Just Beginning, Karen Gillan
VS., Ed Lilly, Daniel Hayes

Most promising newcomer

Apostasy, Molly Wright
Beast, Jessie Buckley
Been So Long, Michaela Coel
Jellyfish, Liv Hill
Obey, Marcus Rutherford
Peterloo, David Moorst
Pond Life, Esme Creed-Miles
The Festival, Hammed Animashaun
Two for Joy, Badger Skelton
VS., Connor Swindells

The Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director)

Apostasy, Daniel Kokotajlo
Beast, Michael Pearce
Calibre, Matt Palmer
Obey, Jamie Jones
Old Boys, Toby MacDonald
Pili, Leanne Welham
Pond Life, Bill Buckhurst
Ray & Liz, Richard Billingham
The Fight, Jessica Hynes
The Party's Just Beginning, Karen Gillan
Two for Joy, Tom Beard
VS., Ed Lilly
We the Kings, Lauren Mackenzie