The Imposter has proven to be a big hit today with the announcement of the British Independent Film Awards. Bart Layton’s documentary got nominated for six awards including for Best British Independent Film.
The popular documentary, which grossed more than £1.2 million in box office sales worldwide, also received nominations for Best Achievement In Production and Best Documentary. The Imposter editor Andrew Hulme was nominated for Best Technical Achievement and director Bart Layton was nominated for Best Director and The Douglas Hickox Award for best debut director.
Other documentaries nominated for the Best Documentary category are Dreams of a Life, London: Modern Babylon, Marley and Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir.
Carol Morley’s Dreams of a Life also received a nomination in the fiction category with actress Zawe Ashton (who plays Joyce Vincent in the re-enactment scenes) being nominated for Most Promising Newcomer.
The documentary Searching for Sugar Man, directed by first time director Malik Bendjelloul was nominated for Best International Independent Film.
Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet, a new Dogwoof documentary which is set to be released later this month is nominated for the Raindance Award.
Amanda Nevill, chief executive of the BFI, said: “At 15 years old, the BIFAs are now firmly established as a key date in the UK film industry calendar and we’re delighted to be supporting this year’s awards. The BIFAs are the UK’s only awards focusing entirely on independent British films, as such they really help to shine a spotlight on the vast range and breadth of excellence in independent UK filmmaking – helping to promote independent British films to new audiences, and setting a focus on the Best of British just as the international awards season begins.”
The Pre-Selection Committee of 70 members viewed nearly 200 films, 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.
The winners will be announced at awards ceremony which will be hosted by actor and BIFA Patron James Nesbitt on Sunday 9 December at the Old Billingsgate in London.