Creative Europe films line up for the British Independent Film Awards
Fourteen films which have benefitted from Creative Europe support have been nominated for this year's British Independent Film Awards (BIFA).
The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos's UK/Ireland/France/Spain/Netherlands co-production, has been put forward for a number of prizes: Best Actor (Colin Farrell), Best Supporting Actor (Ben Wishaw), Best Supporting Actress (Olivia Colman), Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Film and Producer of the Year. The project was supported in development stage with a Creative Europe grant to Ireland’s Element Pictures through the Slate Funding scheme.
Among other awards, actors Domhnall Gleeson, Saoirse Ronan and Julie Walters have also been put forward for accolades for their roles in Brooklyn, a film produced by Wildgaze films, which benefitted from a Creative Europe development grant as part of a slate of projects with international potential.
Another title, Carol, which secured Creative Europe backing at development stage with a grant to production company Number 9 Films, joins French Creative Europe-funded titles Force Majeure, Girlhood (Bande de filles) and Hungarian Son of Saul in the category for Best International Independent Film.
Macbeth, which was sold internationally by Studio Canal with the support of the Sales Agents scheme and released with the support of the Automatic distribution scheme in Greece and Poland, has equally been nominated in several categories, including Outstanding Achievement in Craft, Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Marion Cotillard) and Best Actor (Michael Fassbender).
British film 45 Years received support from Creative Europe to be sold and distributed outside of the UK through the Sales Agents and Automatic distribution schemes. It is nominated in six categories, including Producer of the Year.
In the section for Best Documentary, Amy and How to Change the World are both shortlisted for a prize. Directed by Asif Kapadia (Senna, The Warrior), British documentary Amy depicts the life and untimely death of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. The film received funding through Creative Europe's Automatic distribution scheme for its release in other European countries. Sundance winner How to Change the World received Slate Funding in 2010.
Other Creative Europe-funded features which feature in the line-up are:
- Slow West
- Sunset Song
The full list of nominated films can be viewed on the BIFA website.
03 Nov 2015