On a snowy Sunday night in London, the independent film community gathered together to toast the nominees and winners of this year’s British Independent Film Awards (BIFA). We were there to capture the excitement with our trusty new OneStep 2 camera and Gold Frame film. Not only did we manage to capture some red carpet glamor (paparazzoids?), we also had various attendees step into our instant studio photo booth, where they could relax, or in some cases, pull up a chair.
Now in it’s 20th year, BIFA highlights and honors excellence, creativity and innovation in independent UK filmmaking. It seeks to find and reward emerging talent, as well as put a spotlight on the independent film community as a whole (and not to mention, promote British film and talent).
At the ceremony, new names joined established one on the list of winners. Welsh-Zambian director Rungano Nyoni won Best Director for her debut feature, I Am Not a Witch, plus the Douglas Hickox award for Debut Director. Best Film went to God’s Own Country, directed by Francis Lee, with it’s leading man, Josh O’Connor, taking the trophy for Best Actor. Jordan Peele’s Get Out won Best Foreign Independent Film.
We were also lucky enough to catch two of the night’s particularly notable luminaries: Vanessa Redgrave, who received the prestigious Richard Harris Award (the BIFA version of lifetime achievement), and Gary Oldman, who received the Variety Award. The presence, talent, and careers of both these actors could never be contained in a single instant, but we did our best to capture at least their evening attire.
Later in the evening, post-acceptance speeches, the presenters, honorees, and their guests let their hair down a bit for our behind-the-lens team. (They did, however, maintain all the courtesy and poise Brits are typically stereotyped as having.) That’s a wrap, isn’t it?