Aftersun dominates 2022 BIFAs

The father-daughter drama Aftersun has taken seven awards at the British Independent Film Awards, including Best British Independent Film.

Aftersun won 7 BIFAs but Paul Mescal and Frankie Corio missed out in the acting categories

The drama – which chronicles a holiday taken by a young girl with her estranged father – secured the Best Director, Best Debut Director and Best Screenplay awards for Charlotte Wells.

The film also won in three of the craft categories.

Aftersun went into BIFAs awards with a crowd-leading sixteen nominations, in the first year that the ceremony went for non-gendered acting categories, as has recently been called for by the Crown star Emma Corin, who identifies as non-binary.

The best lead performance went to Rosy McEwen for Georgia Oakley’s Blue Jean and her co-star Kerrie Hayes was named the best supporting performer.

Safia Oakley-Green won the breakthrough performance prize for The Origin, while the best joint lead performance went to Tamara Lawrance and Letitia Wright for their roles as siblings who communicate only with each other in The Silent Twins.

The best ensemble cast was Our River… Our Sky, about neighbours caught in Baghdad during the civil war of 2006.

The best international independent film was Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World.

The actress Samantha Morton – most recently seen in the Harvey Weinstein drama She Said – was honoured with the Richard Harris award for her thirty year career in acting and directing.

A special jury prize went to Open Door, an organisation which helps young people who can’t afford to study drama.