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The British Independent Film awards showcase the best of a brilliant and burgeoning industry

Low-budget film is the boiler room of invention in the UK's film industry.  It is the burning heart of creativity, the place where the next generation of iconoclastic film-makers is working to turn British film on its head.  This is not just another idle whispering echo of "the British are coming", but a slow, steady build-up of a significant array of immensely talented directors, writers and producers with vast understanding of cinema. They have been honing their talent for years in TV, music promos, commercials and are hungry to work in their own country, telling stories that break all the rules.

Some argue that an industry such as film is cyclical – that there are good times when there's more money, more opportunity and, therefore, more likelihood for a film or two to hit with audiences; and then times are bad, »

- Katherine Butler

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