Sunday night saw The Moet British Independent Film Awards celebrate their 15th year in style with a star-studded ceremony at London’s Old Billingsgate.
Guests included Terence Stamp, Billy Connolly, Tom Hiddleston, Terry Gilliam, Peter Capaldi, Idris Elba, John Hurt, Tom Felton, Elle Fanning, Ruth Wilson, Felicity Jones, Holliday Grainger, and Noomi Rapace.
Hosting the Awards for the 7th time was actor James Nesbitt, fresh from playing the dwarf Bofur in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Director Peter Strickland’s ravishing 70-set Italian horror, Berberian Sound Studio, proved a huge hit with the BIFAs jury, picking up four awards: Best Director, Best Actor (Toby Jones), Best Achievement in Production, and Best Technical Achievement (Joakim Sundstrom & Stevie Haywood).
Bart Layton’s mesmerising documentary The Imposter took home two trophies for Best British Documentary and The Douglas Hickox Award for its director.
Best screenplay went to the shockingly funny horror comedy Sightseers, written by Alice Lowe, Steve Oram and Amy Jump. While The Hunt scooped Best International Independent Film.
Andrea Riseborough was awarded Best Actress for Shadow Dancer and Olivia Colman took home Best Supporting Actress for Hyde Park on Hudson.
Jude Law received the Variety Award, which recognises those who bring international attention to the UK, while Michael Gambon received the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution by an actor to British film. The Special Jury Prize went to Sandra Hebron.
Check out the video to see what some of the stars who attended this year’s BIFAs said about the importance of independent film and the awards: