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American Honey, Under the Shadow win big at BIFAs

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- I, Daniel Blake scores acting wins

American Honey, Under the Shadow win big at BIFAs
Andrea Arnold (center) and the American Honey crew with their BIFAs

Andrea Arnold’s American Honey [+see also:
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triumphed at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) winning best director, best British independent film, best actress for Sasha Lane and the outstanding achievement in craft award for cinematographer Robbie Ryan.

The other big winner was writer/director Babak Anvari’s Persian language Under the Shadow [+see also:
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, which won best screenplay, the Douglas Hickox award for best debut director and best supporting actress for nine-year-old actress Avin Manshadi. The film is the UK’s entry in the Academy Awards foreign language category.

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Dave Johns won best actor for Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake [+see also:
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while Hayley Squires won most promising newcomer for her role in the film.

The winners

Best British Independent Film
American Honey [+see also:
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trailer
Q&A: Andrea Arnold
film profile
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- Andrea Arnold

Best International Independent Film

Moonlight - Barry Jenkins

Best Director
Andrea Arnold - American Honey

Best Screenplay
Babak Anvari - Under the Shadow [+see also:
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Best Actress
Sasha Lane - American Honey

Best Actor
Dave Johns - I, Daniel Blake [+see also:
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Best Supporting Actress
Avin Manshadi - Under the Shadow

Best Supporting Actor
Brett Goldstein - Adult Life Skills [+see also:
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Best Documentary
Notes on Blindness [+see also:
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interview: James Spinney, Peter Middle…
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- Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison, Alex Usborne

Outstanding Achievement in Craft
Robbie Ryan, cinematography - American Honey

The Douglas Hickox Award for Debut Director
Babak Anvari - Under the Shadow

Debut Screenwriter
Rachel Tunnard - Adult Life Skills

Breakthrough Producer
Camille Gatin - The Girl With All the Gifts [+see also:
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Most Promising Newcomer
Hayley Squires - I, Daniel Blake

The Discovery Award
The Greasy Strangler - Jim Hosking

Best British Short
Jacked - Rene Pannevis, Ashish Ghadiali, Jennifer Eriksson

Special Jury Prize
Clare Binns – Picturehouse Cinemas

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