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Lilting among eight London-shot films nominated for this year's BIFAs

Date posted: 03.11.2014

The nominees for the 17th Moët British Independent Film Awards were announced today, with eight London-shot films sharing a total of 24 nods between them. Pride received the most, with seven nominations to its name, while Lilting - produced through Film London Microwave - picked up three from this year's jury.

Micro budget, big accolades

Lilting, the eighth feature to have come out of our low-budget training-through-production scheme Microwave, received three nominations, including Best Debut Director. A first feature from Cambodia-born British filmmaker Hong Khaou, the film was released in the UK in July to critical acclaim following an award-winning run at Sundance.

A powerful story of grief and love across generations and cultures, Lilting follows two people who are unexpectedly brought together by the loss of someone they love. When Kai (Andrew Leung) dies, his long-term partner Richard (Ben Whishaw) enlists the help of a translator (Naomi Christie) to help him connect with Kai's mother Junn (Cheng Pei-pei).

Khaou has seen his promising talent recognised with a nomination for Best Debut Director, while Cheng Pei-pei's moving performance has been acknowledged in the Best Actress category. Lilting will also compete in the Best Achievement in Production category.

The film was shot in London, making great use of the capital's unique locations.

Best of British

Three of the five nominees for the night's top prize, Best British Independent Film, also filmed here in the capital.

Matthew Warchus' Pride counts the nod among its seven total nominations at this year's awards, which include Best Director, Screenplay, Supporting Actor and Actress and Most Promising Newcomer. Much of the film's action happens on the streets of London, with one of its key scenes taking place against the backdrop of Westminster.

Also up for Best Film is Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner, released in the UK last Friday. The film follows Turner (Timothy Spall) as he travels the country in search of inspiration for his art. Westminster's Lord North Street, Rushgrove House in Woolwich, the Theatre Royal Stratford East and Southside House in Wimbledon were all among the London locations which convincingly doubled for the capital in the early 19th Century. The film is nominated in five categories including Best Director, Actor, Supporting Actress and Best Technical Achievement.

Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, which made use of locations including King's Cross Station and The Law Society, is also up for the main prize alongside three other nominations.

Capital performances

This year's Best Actress category is packed with talent from London-shot titles, with four of the five nominees coming from productions based in the capital. Alongside Lilting's Cheng Pei-pei, the category also includes Testament of Youth's Alicia Vikander, Belle lead Gugu Mbatha-Raw and The Imitation Game's Keira Knightley.

Timothy Spall and Benedict Cumberbatch will compete for the Best Actor award for their performances in London-based period biopics Mr. Turner and The Imitation Game.

Other London titles in the mix include Keeping Rosy (The Raindance Award) and Keeping Up with the Joneses (Best British Short), both starring Maxine Peake.

And the winner is...

The winners will be announced at the 17th Moët British Independent Film Awards on Sunday 7 December at London's Old Billingsgate.

A full list of this year's nominees can be found below.

Best British Independent Film

'71
Calvary
Mr. Turner
Pride
The Imitation Game

Best Director

John Michael McDonagh - Calvary
Lenny Abrahamson - Frank
Matthew Warchus - Pride
Mike Leigh - Mr. Turner
Yann Demange  - '71

The Douglas Hickox Award [Best Debut Director]

Daniel Wolfe, Matthew Wolfe - Catch Me Daddy
Hong Khaou - Lilting
Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard - 20,000 Days on Earth
Morgan Matthews - X+Y
Yann Demange -  '71

Best Screenplay

Graham Moore - The Imitation Game
Gregory Burke  - '71
John Michael McDonagh - Calvary
Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan - Frank
Stephen Beresford - Pride

Best Actress

Alicia Vikander - Testament of Youth
Cheng Pei Pei - Lilting
Gugu Mbatha-Raw - Belle
Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game
Sameena Jabeen Ahmed - Catch Me Daddy

Best Actor

Asa Butterfield - X+Y
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game
Brendan Gleeson - Calvary
Jack O'Connell - '71
Timothy Spall - Mr. Turner

Best Supporting Actress

Dorothy Atkinson - Mr. Turner
Imelda Staunton - Pride
Maggie Gyllenhaal - Frank
Sally Hawkins - X+Y
Sienna Guillory - The Goob

Best Supporting Actor

Andrew Scott - Pride
Ben Schnetzer - Pride
Michael Fassbender - Frank
Rafe Spall - X+Y
Sean Harris - '71

Most Promising Newcomer

Ben Schnetzer - Pride
Cara Delevingne - The Face of an Angel
Gugu Mbatha-Raw - Belle
Liam Walpole - The Goob
Sameena Jabeen Ahmed - Catch Me Daddy

Best Achievement in Production 

'71
20,000 Days on Earth
Catch Me Daddy
Lilting
The Goob

Best Technical Achievement

Chris Wyatt - editing - '71
Dick Pope - cinematography - Mr. Turner
Robbie Ryan - cinematography - Catch Me Daddy
Stephen Rennicks - music - Frank
Tat Radcliffe - cinematography - '71

Best Documentary

20,000 Days on Earth
Next Goal Wins
Night Will Fall
The Possibilities Are Endless
Virunga

Best British Short

Crocodile
Emotional Fusebox
Keeping Up with the Joneses
Slap
The Kármán Line

Best International Independent Film

Blue Ruin
Boyhood
Fruitvale Station
Ida
The Babadook

The Raindance Award

Flim: The Movie...
Gregor
Luna
Keeping Rosy
The Beat Beneath My Feet

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