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Pride triumphs at Moët British Independent Film Awards 2014

Pride triumphs at Moët British Independent Film Awards 2014
Pride has emerged as the big winner at the Moët British Independent Film Awards.

The gay activist drama took home three gongs at last night's Old Billingsgate ceremony, picking up Best British Independent Film, Best Supporting Actress for Imelda Staunton and Best Supporting Actor for Andrew Scott.

'71's Yann Demange bagged the Best Director prize, Gugu Mbatha-Raw won Best Actress for Belle and Brendan Gleeson took home Best Actor for Calvary.

Elsewhere, special prizes were handed out to Emma Thompson (Richard Harris Award), John Boorman (Special Jury Prize) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Variety Award).

The full list of winners at the Moët British Independent Film Awards is as follows:

Best British Independent Film

'71

Calvary

Mr Turner

Pride - Winner!

The Imitation Game

Best Director

John Michael McDonaghCalvary

Lenny Abrahamson – Frank

Matthew WarchusPride

Mike Leigh – Mr Turner

Yann Demange – '71 - Winner!

The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director

Daniel Wolfe,
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Pride scoops top prize at the 2014 Moet British Indepedent Film Awards

The 2014 Moet British Indepedent Film Awards took place in London last night, with gay rights drama Pride taking home the top honour, fending off competition from ’71, Calvary, Mr Turner and The Imitation Game to take hom Best British Indepedent Film.

’71’s Yann Demange was named Best Director, while their were awards for Boyhood (Best International Indepedent Film), Brendon Gleeson (Best Actor for Calvary), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Best Actress for Belle), Andrew Scott (Best Supporting Actor for Pride) and Imelda Staunton (Best Supporting Actress for Pride). Check out the full list of nominations here, with the winners highlights in bold and red…

Best British Independent Film

’71

Calvary

Mr Turner

Pride

The Imitation Game

Best Director

John Michael McDonaghCalvary

Lenny Abrahamson – Frank

Matthew WarchusPride

Mike Leigh – Mr Turner

Yann Demange – ’71

The Douglas Hickox Award [Best Debut Director]

Daniel Wolfe, Matthew WolfeCatch Me Daddy

Hong KhaouLilting

Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard – 20,000 Days on Earth
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Pride Movie Wins At 17th Moët British Independent Film Awards

A glittering array of talent turned out this evening for the 17th Moët British Independent Film Awards. The winners were announced at the star-studded ceremony, held at Old Billingsgate, which was hosted by The Inbetweeners star, Simon Bird.

The lucky winners took home the iconic award designed by Fredrikson Stallard and created by Swarovski as well as a personalised, Swarovski crystal encrusted magnum of Moët & Chandon.

Best British Independent Film was won by Pride. Yann Demange won Best Director for ’71, Gugu Mbatha-Raw won Best Actress for Belle and Brendan Gleeson won Best Actor for Calvary. Andrew Scott collected his award for Best Supporting Actor for Pride and Imelda Staunton took home her award for Best Supporting Actress also for her role in Pride.

Pride won the most awards on the night, picking up Best British Independent Film, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor.

As previously announced, Emma Thompson was
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Matthew Warchus’ ‘Pride’ Wins Top Prize at British Independent Film Awards

Matthew Warchus’ ‘Pride’ Wins Top Prize at British Independent Film Awards
London — Gay rights drama “Pride” won the award for British independent film, beating “’71,” “Calvary,” “Mr Turner” and “The Imitation Game,” at the 17th Moet British Independent Film Awards Sunday at Old Billingsgate in London.

The award for director went to Yann Demange for Northern Ireland-set thriller “’71,” outflanking John Michael McDonagh for “Calvary,” Lenny Abrahamson for “Frank,” Matthew Warchus for “Pride” and Mike Leigh for “Mr Turner.”

The victor in the actor category was Brendan Gleeson for “Calvary,” about a tough-minded Irish priest marked for death by one of his parishioners. He was competing with Asa Butterfield for “X+Y,” Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Imitation Game,” Jack O’Connell for “’71” and Timothy Spall for “Mr Turner.”

Gleeson paid tribute to the producers “who have to try to make independent film when it is almost impossible for people to risk commercially what is required artistically.”

Cumberbatch was the recipient of the Variety Award,
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Nominations Announced for the Moët British Independent Film Awards

The nominations for the 17th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards were announced recently, at St Martins Lane, London by actor Jared Harris .

Joint Directors, The Moët British Independent Film AwardsJohanna von Fischer & Tessa Collinson said: "This has been a record year for Mbifa with over 250 films submitted giving our dedicated members their toughest challenge to date. Hugely impressed by the quality of films and performances across all categories the shortlist demonstrates how the standard of creativity in British independent filmmaking continues to flourish year on year. The decision of who will walk away with one of the iconic Mbifa trophies* is now in the hands of our distinguished independent jury announced today. We are looking forward to seeing as many of the nominees as possible at the Awards on 7th December, to celebrate their incredible achievements. It will be a very personal celebration for us also, as the last in a wonderful 9 Award Ceremonies as Joint Directors of Bifa.”

The highest number of nominations this year goes to "‘71" with nine nominations including Best British Independent Film; Best Director and Debut Director for Yann Demange; Best Screenplay for Gregory Burke; Best Actor for Jack O’Connell and Best Supporting Actor for Sean Harris. "Pride" picked up seven nominations and "Catch me Daddy,""Frank," and "Mr Turner" picked up five nominations each.

Nominations for Best Actress go to Alicia Vikander for "Testament of Youth;" Cheng Pei Pei for "Lilting;" Gugu Mbatha-Raw for "Belle;" Keira Knightley for "The Imitation Game" and Sameena Jabeen Ahmed for "Catch Me Daddy." Leading men hoping to take home the Best Actor award include Asa Butterfield for "X+Y;" Benedict Cumberbatch for "The Imitation Game"; Brendan Gleeson for "Calvary"; Jack O’Connell for "’71" and Timothy Spall for "Mr Turner."

Best Supporting Actor nominations go to Andrew Scott and Ben Schnetzer, both for "Pride;" Michael Fassbender for "Frank;" Rafe Spall for "X+Y" and Sean Harris for"’71."

Dorothy Atkinson for "Mr Turner;" Imelda Staunton for "Pride;" Maggie Gyllenhaal for "Frank;" Sally Hawkins for "X+Y"and Sienna Guillory for "The Goob" are all nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Award.

Directors who have delivered dynamic debuts this year and are fighting for the Douglas Hickox Award are Daniel Wolfe and Matthew Wolfe for "Catch Me Daddy;" Hong Khaou for "Lilting;" Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard for "20,000 Days on Earth;" Morgan Matthews for "X+Y" and Yann Demange for "’71."

The Raindance Award nominees for 2014 include: "Flim: The Movie;" "Gregor;" "Luna;" "Keeping Rosy"and "The Beat Beneath My Feet." This award honours exceptional achievement for filmmakers working against the odds, often with little or no industry support. Elliot Grove, Founder of Raindance Film Festival and Moët British Independent Film Awards added: "The breadth and quality of the British films selected this year suggests a bumper year for British films. Raindance congratulates all the talented filmmakers whose wonderful films make up this year's Mbifa nominations.”

The Pre-Selection Committee of over 70 members viewed a record breaking 250 plus films this year, 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.

It was also announced that the Oscar® and BAFTA - winning Director Tom Hopper, whose film "The King’s Speech" picked up five awards, including Best British Independent Film at the 2010 Moët British Independent Film Awards, will chair the Jury who will decide the winners of the 2014 awards.

Hooper commented: "I am honoured to preside over the Moët Bifa jury this year. It has been an extremely strong year for filmmaking here in Britain and I am looking forward to helping the very best of this year's independent films, get the recognition they deserve."

The Jury for 2014 includes: Jury Chair – Tom Hooper (Director), Jonathan Romney (Writer, Director), Jon S. Baird (Writer, Director), Luke Treadaway (Actor), Mary Burke (Producer), Sean Ellis (Writer, Director), Shira Macleod (Film Programming Consultant), Stanley Tucci (Actor, Director), Thea Sharrock (Director), Tinge Krishnan (Director) Tracy O’Riordan (Producer) and Zawe Ashton (Actor, Director).

Elsa Corbineau, Marketing Director Moët & Chandon, commented: “The pool of talents recognized by the Moët British Independent Film Awards has continuously inspired us with the richness it represents. With Moët & Chandon being the champagne of choice for celebration at international film festivals and award ceremonies, we are delighted to toast to the success of all nominees, including those for the ‘Best British Independent Film’ award sponsored by Moët & Chandon.”

The winners will be announced at the much anticipated 17th awards ceremony on Sunday 7 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

"'71"

"Calvary"

"Mr Turner"

"Pride"

"The Imitation Game"

Best Director

Sponsored by AllCity & Intermission

John Michael McDonagh – "Calvary"

Lenny Abrahamson – "Frank"

Matthew Warchus – "Pride"

Mike Leigh – "Mr Turner"

Yann Demange – "'71"

The Douglas Hickox Award [Best Debut Director]

Sponsored by 3 Mills Studios

Daniel Wolfe, Matthew Wolfe – "Catch Me Daddy"

Hong Khaou – "Lilting"

Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard – "20,000 Days on Earth"

Morgan Matthews – "X+Y"

Yann Demange – "'71"

Best Screenplay

Sponsored by BBC Films

Graham Moore – "The Imitation Game"

Gregory Burke – "'71"

John Michael McDonagh – "Calvary"

Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan – "Frank"

Stephen Beresford – "Pride"

Best Actress

Sponsored by M.A.C Cosmetics

Alicia Vikander – "Testament of Youth"

Cheng Pei Pei – "Lilting"

Gugu Mbatha-Raw – "Belle"

Keira Knightley – "The Imitation Game"

Sameena Jabeen Ahmed – "Catch Me Daddy"

Best Actor

Sponsored by Movado

Asa Butterfield – "X+Y"

Benedict Cumberbatch – "The Imitation Game"

Brendan Gleeson – "Calvary"

Jack O'Connell – "'71"

Timothy Spall – "Mr Turner"

Best Supporting Actress

Dorothy Atkinson – "Mr Turner"

Imelda Staunton – "Pride"

Maggie Gyllenhaal – "Frank"

Sally Hawkins –"X+Y"

Sienna Guillory – "The Goob"

Best Supporting Actor

Sponsored by St Martins Lane

Andrew Scott – "Pride"

Ben Schnetzer – "Pride"

Michael Fassbender – "Frank"

Rafe Spall – "X+Y"

Sean Harris – "‘71"

Most Promising Newcomer

Ben Schnetzer – "Pride"

Cara Delevingne – "The Face of An Angel"

Gugu Mbatha-Raw – "Belle"

Liam Walpole – "The Goob"

Sameena Jabeen Ahmed – "Catch Me Daddy"

Best Achievement In Production

"'71"

"20,000 Days on Earth"

"Catch Me Daddy"

"Lilting"

"The Goob"

Best Technical Achievement

Chris Wyatt - Editing - "'71"

Dick Pope - Cinematography -"Mr Turner"

Robbie Ryan - Cinematography - "Catch Me Daddy"

Stephen Rennicks - Music – "Frank"

Tat Radcliffe - Cinematography - "'71"

Best DocumentarY

"20,000 Days on Earth"

"Next Goal Wins"

"Night Will Fall"

"The Possibilities Are Endless"

"Virunga"

Best British Short

"Crocodile"

"Emotional Fusebox"

"Keeping Up With The Joneses"

"Slap"

"The Kármán Line"

Best International Independent Film

"Blue Ruin"

"Boyhood"

"Fruitvale Station"

"Ida"

"The Badadook"

The Raindance Award

"Flim: The Movie..".

"Gregor"

"Luna"

"Keeping Rosy"

"The Beat Beneath My Feet"

The Richard Harris Award (for outstanding contribution by an actor to British Film)

To Be Announced

The Variety Award

To Be Announced

The Special Jury Prize

Announced at the Moët British Independent Film Awards on Sunday 7th December

Now in its 17th year, the Awards were created by Raindance in 1998 and set out to celebrate merit and achievement in independently funded British filmmaking, to honour new talent, and to promote British films and filmmaking to a wider public.

Previous winners of the prestigious Best British Independent Film Award include "Metro Manila," "Tyrannosaur," "The King's Speech," "Moon," "Control," "Slumdog Millionaire," "The Constant Gardener" and "This is England"

Proud supporters and patrons of The Moët British Independent Film Awards include Mike Figgis, Tom Hollander, Adrian Lester, Ken Loach, Ewan McGregor, Helen Mirren, Samantha Morton, James Nesbitt, Michael Sheen, Trudie Styler, Tilda Swinton, Meera Syal, David Thewlis, Ray Winstone and Michael Winterbottom.

The Moët British Independent Film Awards would like to thank all its supporters, especially: Moët & Chandon, 3 Mills Studios, BBC Films, M.A.C Cosmetics, Movado, Raindance, St Martins Lane, Soho House, Swarovski, Variety, AllCity, Intermission.
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Demange Control: ’71 Leads 2014 British Independent Film Awards Noms

The edge-of-your seat thriller that was all the talk at this year’s Berlin Film Festival (that momentum was carried over into Telluride and Tiff during the fall) leads all noms for the 17th edition of the 2014 British Independent Film Awards. Landing nine nominations in all, Yann Demange’s ’71 might lead the pack, but I’d argue that despite all the fanfare, remains an underdog in most categories. Going up against The Imitation Game (which failed to score ‎Morten Tyldum a Best Director nod but managed to get Best Screenplay and Best Film consideration) and Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner, there might be plenty of gift-giving for several films on December 7th, with Matthew WarchusPride also in the mix with a whopping seven noms (mostly in the acting categories). The much deserving Cannes played Catch Me Daddy and Venice Film Fest included The Goob thankfully didn’t go unnoticed,
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’71’, ‘Pride’ Lead British Indie Film Award Nominations; ‘Imitation Game’ In Mix

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’71’, ‘Pride’ Lead British Indie Film Award Nominations; ‘Imitation Game’ In Mix
Yann Demange’s anti-war parable ’71 has scored a leading nine nominations for the 17th Moët British Independent Film Awards. The director’s debut feature, which premiered in Berlin last February, is named in the major categories and also scooped a Best Actor mention for Jack O’Connell who’s next up in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. Directors’ Fortnight closer and crowd-pleaser Pride, helmed by Matthew Warchus, was next with seven nominations while festival favorites Daniel Wolfe’s Catch Me Daddy, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank and Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner each scored five nods. Along with ’71, Pride and Mr Turner, the titles competing in the Best British Independent Film race are John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary and Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game. Oscar hopeful, The Imitation Game’s Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley also scored acting noms. (See full list of nominees below.)

Winners are decided by an independent
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Thriller ’71’ Leads Race for British Indie Film Awards

Thriller ’71’ Leads Race for British Indie Film Awards
London — Yann Demange’s thriller “‘71” tops the nominations for the 17th Moet British Independent Film Awards.

“‘71” has nine nominations, including for British independent film, director and debut director for Demange, screenplay for Gregory Burke, actor for Jack O’Connell and supporting actor for Sean Harris. Pic centers on a young British soldier, played by O’Connell, who is stranded in an Ira controlled area of Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1971.

Matthew Warchus’ “Pride” picked up seven nominations, and “Catch Me Daddy,” “Frank” and “Mr Turner” nabbed five nominations each.

Nominees in the acting categories include Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley for “The Imitation Game,” and Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal for “Frank.”

Joining “’71” in the British independent film category are “Calvary,” “Mr Turner,” “Pride” and “The Imitation Game.”

More than 250 films were submitted. A pre-selection committee of more than 70 members selected the nominees. The winners, which will be decided by a jury,
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Thriller ‘71′ Leads Race for British Indie Film Awards

Thriller ‘71′ Leads Race for British Indie Film Awards
London — Yann Demange’s thriller “‘71” tops the nominations for the 17th Moet British Independent Film Awards.

“‘71” has nine nominations, including for British independent film, director and debut director for Demange, screenplay for Gregory Burke, actor for Jack O’Connell and supporting actor for Sean Harris. Pic centers on a young British soldier, played by O’Connell, who is stranded in an Ira controlled area of Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1971.

Matthew Warchus’ “Pride” picked up seven nominations, and “Catch Me Daddy,” “Frank” and “Mr Turner” nabbed five nominations each.

Nominees in the acting categories include Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley for “The Imitation Game,” and Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal for “Frank.”

Joining “’71” in the British independent film category are “Calvary,” “Mr Turner,” “Pride” and “The Imitation Game.”

More than 250 films were submitted. A pre-selection committee of more than 70 members selected the nominees. The winners, which will be decided by a jury,
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Watch The Trailer For The Citizen; Stars Cary Elwes – North American Premiere At 21st Heartland Film Festival

3K Pictures announces today that director Sam Kadi.s debut drama The Citizen will have its North American Premiere at the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana on Monday, October 22nd at the AMC Castleton Square 14 theater at 7:15pm. The film was produced by Kadi, Chris Wyatt (Napoleon Dynamite) and Alan Noel Vega, with Ameer Kabour executive producing. The Heartland Film Festival started in 1992 as a small event in Indianapolis and has expanded over time to become one of the fastest growing film festivals in the country. Today, the annual film festival is a ten-day event full of independent films, a variety of special events for film enthusiasts of all ages and a one-of-a-kind experience in one of the Midwest.s most inviting cities. This year the festival runs from October 18th-27th.

The Citizen tells the story of an Arab immigrant named Ibrahim (played by celebrated Egyptian actor
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Cassian Elwes Takes North American Rights to Syrian Director Sam Kadi.s The Citizen

3K Pictures announces today that veteran sales agent Cassian Elwes is handling all North American rights to director Sam Kadi.s debut political drama The Citizen. The film was produced by Kadi, Chris Wyatt (Napoleon Dynamite) and Alan Noel Vega, with Ameer Kabour executive producing. The film is currently scheduled to screen for distributors during the Toronto Film Festival.

The Citizen tells the story of an Arab immigrant named Ibrahim (Khaled Nabawy from Fair Game) who wins the American green card lottery, arriving in New York City on September 10th, 2001. In addition to Nabawy, the film’s cast includes Agnes Bruckner (Blood And Chocolate), William Atherton (Ghostbusters) and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride).

The script took over three years to write and was co-written by the noted Arab American playwright Samir Younis (Browntown). Younis was living and working in New York on 9/11, and brought his experiences about the aftermath of
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New clips in from 'Broken Hill' starring Alexa Vega

See the theatrical trailer as well as interview clips from the family drama "Broken Hill," starring Alexa Vega, Timothy Hutton, Phil Austin, Rhys Wakefield, Andy McPhee, Rebekah Rimington and Luke Arnold. Dagen Merrill ("Beneath") directs and writes the film produced by Julie Ryan and Chris Wyatt. In the tradition of Save The Last Dance, Billy Elliott and August Rush comes the musical drama Broken Hill. Tommy was born and raised on a rocky, drought-ridden sheep station in the middle of the Australian Outback. He works at the station and does all he can to appease his demanding father but in his heart wants to be a great musician. That all changes when Tommy meets
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'Hitler's Brain' Gets a Musical Makeover

There was a time when musicals were relegated to replays of the classics -- usually tales of romance belted out on stage or screen. But in the wake of adaptations like Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Evil Dead: The Musical, just about anything and everything is getting the musical treatment -- so much so that I wonder how long it will take for us to break out into our own musical numbers, like a demon-free Once More, With Feeling.

For now, we're going to see another cult classic hit the musical scene. Variety reports that Chris Wyatt (Napoleon Dynamite) and Mark Altman are cooking up a remake of the sixties cult classic They Saved Hitler's Brain as a sci-fi musical comedy. The title explains it all. After WWII, the Nazis remove Hitler's living head and hide it with the plan to get the Third Reich another shot some time in the future.
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