British Independent Film Awards Announce 9 New Categories for 2017

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The British Independent Film Awards have introduced nine new categories for the 2017 ceremony, intended to explicitly recognize “craft and technical disciplines” within the realm of British filmmaking.

Among the new categories, which will be included when this year’s nominations are announced in November, are Best Casting, Best Cinematography, and Best Production Design. Nominations for these awards will be selected by a special “craft” subgroup of BIFA voters, alongside professionals from all backgrounds in the film industry.

The winners will be announced just before the main BIFA ceremony, which will be held Dec. 10.

In a statement regarding the addition of the craft categories, BIFA said: “With nine new craft categories, we believe that we are much better-placed to recognize the wealth of exceptional British talent behind the camera, and many more craftspeople will benefit from the boost that a BIFA nomination or win can give to their career.”

The BIFAs, founded by Elliot Grove and Suzanne Ballantyne in 1998, were created with the intent to highlight and reward the “best, most innovative, and creative independent filmmaking and filmmakers in the U.K.” More than 250 submissions spanning British features, British shorts, and international features, are accepted each year, and then voted on by the Screening Group and Nomination Committee.

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