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We celebrate, promote and support talent and creativity in British independent film, to develop a rich, inclusive and sustainable independent film culture in the UK.

The annual British Independent Film Awards highlight the brightest lights of British independent filmmaking. A rigorous discussion-based process reveals the best independent films of the year, and awards outstanding achievement from on- and off-screen talent. The awards have a particular focus on new talent, with six categories rewarding first-time filmmakers and actors.

We recognise the cultural benefits of a thriving independent film culture and therefore strive to promote outstanding British independent films and filmmaking talent to a wider audience. To help ensure that British independent films speak to the entirety of the British public, we use our platform to promote diverse stories to diverse audiences, across the length and breadth of the UK and via our social channels, encouraging conversation and engagement with these exceptional films.

Our Springboard programme provides professional development and networking opportunities for some of the UK’s most exciting emerging writers, directors and producers, helping them to fulfil their potential and ensuring the good health of the British independent film industry for many years to come. In 2023 we piloted the Breakthrough Performers Programme in partnership with We Are Bridge, to support new performers entering the industry.

Our situation at the heart of the industry allows us to respond quickly to filmmakers’ changing needs and to provide solutions that affect long-lasting and meaningful change, building towards a more sustainable and accessible industry. Our Board and committees are vital, active links into this rapidly changing industry, guiding and advising the organisation’s strategy.

BIFA is a Community Interest Company, with all revenue invested in its activities to support independent film.

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