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After Love wins six awards, including Best British Independent Film, at the BIFAs

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- It was a night of big surprises as the BIFAs rewarded debut filmmakers and honoured a plethora of new names

After Love wins six awards, including Best British Independent Film, at the BIFAs
After Love by Aleem Khan

Aleem Khan’s debut feature, After Love [+see also:
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, has won six awards at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs). Khan also personally won Best Director, Best Debut Director and Best Screenplay. The film’s star, Joanna Scanlan, won Best Actress for her portrayal of a British Muslim convert who discovers that her recently deceased husband had a second family in France. Talid Ariss, who plays her teenage son, won Best Supporting Actor at the ceremony, which took place on Sunday evening. The film was produced by The Bureau and was released by the BFI in the UK.

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It was a great night for British Asian talent at the awards, which were hosted by comedian Asim Chaudhry. Adeel Akhtar picked up Best Actor for his performance in Clio Barnard’s Ali & Ava [+see also:
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, which also won for Best Music. Riz Ahmed won the honorary Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film.

There were four awards for Philip Barantini’s single-take kitchen drama Boiling Point [+see also:
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: Vinette Robinson won Best Supporting Actress, Carolyn McCleod took home Best Casting, Best Cinematography was bestowed upon Matthew Lewis, and the film was also honoured with the Best Sound Award.

Best Documentary went to Paul Sng and Celeste Bell for Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché. The film also took home the Raindance Discovery Award.

Finally, the Special Jury Prize was given to Raising Films, which supports and campaigns for parents and carers working in the UK screen sector.

Here is the full list of winners:

Best British Independent Film
After Love [+see also:
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]
- Aleem Khan (UK)

Best Director
Aleem Khan - After Love

Best Screenplay
Aleem Khan - After Love

Best Actress
Joanna Scanlan - After Love

Best Actor
Adeel Akhtar – Ali & Ava [+see also:
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]
(UK)

Best Supporting Actress
Vinette Robinson - Boiling Point [+see also:
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interview: Philip Barantini
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]
(UK)

Best Supporting Actor
Talid Ariss - After Love

The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director)
Aleem Khan - After Love

Breakthrough Producer
Michelle Antoniades - Sweetheart (UK)

Breakthrough Performance
Nell Barlow - Sweetheart

Best Debut Screenwriter
Cathy Brady - Wildfire [+see also:
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]
(UK/Ireland)

Best Documentary
Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché - Paul Sng, Celeste Bell (UK)

The Discovery Award
Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché - Paul Sng, Celeste Bell

Best British Short Film
Femme - Sam H Freeman, Ng Choon Ping (UK)

Best International Independent Film
Flee [+see also:
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]
Jonas Poher Rasmussen (Denmark/France/Norway/Sweden)

Best Casting
Carolyn Mcleod - Boiling Point

Best Cinematography
Matthew Lewis - Boiling Point

Best Costume Design
Grace Snell - The Souvenir: Part II [+see also:
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(UK)

Best Editing
Helle Le Fevre - The Souvenir: Part II

Best Music
Connie Farr, Harry Escott - Ali & Ava

Best Make-up & Hair
Vickie Lang, Kristyan Mallett, Donald McInnes - The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain (UK)

Best Effects
Steven Bray, Mike Knights - Dashcam [+see also:
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interview: Rob Savage
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]
(UK/USA)

Best Production Design
Stéphane Collonge - The Souvenir: Part II

Best Sound
James Drake - Boiling Point

Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film
Riz Ahmed

Special Jury Prize
Raising Films

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