Rocks, The Father and His House dominate BIFAs

Sarah Gavron’s Rocks took five BIFA, including the top prize

Sarah Gavron’s drama Rocks has emerged as the most successful film at the British Independent Film Awards, taking away five BIFAs, including the top prize of the Best British Independent Film and two honours for Kosar Ali, who was named the Best Supporting Actress and Most Promising Newcomer. The BFI, which backed the film, described her as “one to watch.”

Gavron herself was pipped to the Best Director prize by Remi Weekes, for His House, whose star Wunmi Mosaku was named Best Actress. The film also picked up two technical awards – for effects and production design.

With awards spreading from newcomers to veterans, Sir Anthony Hopkins won the Best Actor prize for his role in The Father, which also won awards for Best Screenplay and Best Editing.

Saint Maud picked up two prizes – Rose Glass was named the Best Debut Director and it was also honoured for its cinematography.

It was a good night for the actor Riz Ahmed, who won the Best Debut Screenplay award for Mogul Mowgli and the Best Short Film for The Long Goodbye.

The Reason I Jump was named the Best Documentary, as well as picking up the prize for Best Sound.

The Raindance organisation, which organises the award, gave its Best International Feature prize to Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland.

And here is the full list of this year’s BIFA winners:

Best British Independent Film

“Rocks” – Sarah Gavron, Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson, Faye Ward, Ameenah Ayub Allen

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” (co-written by Bassam Tariq)

Most Promising Newcomer

Kosar Ali – “Rocks”

Best Documentary

“The Reason I Jump” – Jerry Rothwell, Jeremy Dear, Stevie Lee, Al Morrow

The Raindance Discovery Award

“Perfect 10” – Eva Riley, Jacob Thomas, Bertrand Faivre, Valentina Brazzini

Best British Short Film 

“The Long Goodbye” – Aneil Karia, Riz Ahmed, Tom Gardner

Best International Independent Film 

“Nomadland” – Chloé Zhao, Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey

Best Casting 

Lucy Pardee – “Rocks”

Best Cinematography 

Ben Fordesman – “Saint Maud”

Best Costume Design

Charlotte Walter – “Misbehaviour”

Best Editing 

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”