ROCKS directed by Sarah Gavron
ROCKS directed by Sarah Gavron

The coming-of-age drama Rocks took the Best British Independent Film prize at the online 2020 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) hosted by Tom Felton. The film won a total of four awards including actress Kosar Ali taking home the awards for both Best Supporting Actress and Most Promising Newcomer with her young co-star D’Angelou Osei Kissiedu winning Best Supporting Actor.

British horror His House was awarded two BIFAs on the night with Remi Weekes winning Best Director and Wunmi Mosaku winning Best Actress for her acclaimed performance.

Anthony Hopkins’ poignant portrayal of an ageing man in The Father won him Best Actor amongst three wins for the film which also took home the awards for Best Screenplay for Florian Zeller, who also directed, and Christopher Hampton, and Best Editing for Yorgos Lamprinos.

Saint Maud director Rose Glass was awarded The Douglas Hickox Award for Debut Director.

Jerry Rothwell’s documentary The Reason I Jump won Best Documentary on the night and Best Short Film went to Aneil Karia, Riz Ahmed and Tom Gardner for The Long Goodbye and The Raindance Discovery Award went to Perfect 10.

The only category of the night open to non-UK films, Best International Independent Film was won by Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland.

Full list of winners of 2020 British Independent Film Awards

Best British Independent Film

Best Director
Remi Weekes, His House

Best Screenplay
Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton, The Father

Best Actress
Wunmi Mosaku, His House

Best Actor
Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Best Supporting Actress
Kosar Ali, Rocks

Best Supporting Actor
D’angelou Osei Kissiedu, Rocks

The Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director)
Rose Glass, Saint Maud

Breakthrough Producer
Irune Gurtubai, Limbo [also produced by Angus Lamont]

Debut Screenwriter
Riz Ahmed, Mogul Mowgli [also written by Bassam Tariq]

Most Promising Newcomer
Kosar Ali, Rocks

Best Documentary
The Reason I Jump

The Raindance Discovery Award
Perfect 10

Best British Short Film
The Long Goodbye

Best International Independent Film

Best Casting
Lucy Pardee, Rocks

Best Cinematography
Ben Fordesman, Saint Maud

Best Costume Design
Charlotte Walter, Misbehaviour

Best Editing Sponsored
Yorgos Lamprinos, The Father

Best Effects
Pedro Sabrosa, Stefano Pepin, His House

Best Make Up & Hair Design
Jill Sweeney, Misbehaviour

Best Music
Paul Corley, Mogul Mowgli

Best Production Design
Jacqueline Abrahams, His House

Best Sound
Nick Ryan, Ben Baird, Sara De Oliveira Lima, The Reason I Jump

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