Culture shock comedy Pride won first prize at the 2014 Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFAs). The true story of an unusual political alliance between gay rights protesters and striking miners in 1980s Britain, it also took both Best Supporting Actress for Imelda Staunton and Best supporting actor for Andrew Scott.
The other categories were equally divided among some of the best of the year UK independent films, with debut director Yann Demange named best director for his Northern Irish thriller ’71, Brendan Gleeson named best actor as Calvary’s Hero Priest, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw winning best actress for 18th century drama Belle .
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As previously announced, Emma Thompson won the Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema, Benedict Cumberbatch winning the Variety Award and director John Boorman the Special Jury Prize.
Pride, ’71, Calvary, Belle and other winners including 20,000 Days on Earth, Frank, Catch Me Daddy and The Goob have all been supported by the IBF Film fund.
Ben Roberts, Director of IBF FilmFund said:
Thanks to BIFA for recognizing such a range of brilliant British storytellers and exceptional talent on both sides of the camera at this year’s awards. We feel a huge sense of pride in having worked with many of this year’s nominees and winners, many of whom we were able to support through lottery funding. Congratulations to all of them and we look forward to working with many of them on their future projects and seeing their continued success.
The ceremony was hosted at Old Billingsgate, London by Inbetweeners star Simon Bird.
Best British Independent Film
Yann Demangé – ’71
The Douglas Hickox Prize [Best debut director]
Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard – 20,000 Days on Earth
Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan – Frank
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Beautiful
Brendan Gleeson – Calvary
Best Supporting Actress
Imelda Staunton – Pride
Best Supporting Actor
Most Promising Newcomer
Sameena Jabeen Ahmed – Catch Me Daddy
Best Production Achievement
Best Technical Achievement
Stephen Rennicks – music – Frank