Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake dominates the BIFA nominations

BIFA nominations

by Phil de Semlyen |
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A celebration of all that is fine in British independent cinema, the BIFAs are a little like the BAFTAs' fun little brother. The 2016 awards take place this December and will follow in the footsteps of this year's Cannes Film Festival in recognising the humanity and gritty poetry of Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake with seven nominations.

The Palme d’Or-winning drama’s nominations include Best British Independent Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Its stars, newcomers Hayley Squires and Dave Jones, have both been recognised with acting nods.

Andrea Arnold’s coming-of-age roadtrip film American Honey collected six nominations, including Best British Independent Film, while Tehran-set horror Under The Shadow and hard-hitting docudrama Notes On Blindness also picked up six each.

Here are the main nominations:

Best British Independent Film

American Honey

Couple In A Hole

I, Daniel Blake

Notes On Blindness

Under The Shadow

Best Director

Andrea Arnold, American Honey

Babak Anvari, Under The Shadow

Ben Wheatley, Free Fire

Ken Loach, I, Daniel Blake

Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Notes On Blindness

Best Actress

Hayley Squires, I, Daniel Blake

Jodie Whittaker, Adult Life Skills

Kate Dickie, Couple In A Hole

Narges Rashid, Under The Shadow

Sasha Lane, American Honey

Best Actor

Dave Johns, I, Daniel Blake

Max Records, I Am Not A Serial Killer

Michael Fassbender, Trespass Against Us

Shia Labeouf, American Honey

Steve Brandon, My Feral Heart

The 2016 BIFAs will take place in London on 4 December. Check back then for the full list of winners.

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