BIFA: Discovery Award Nominations 2015 - Raindance

We are proud to have founded BIFA way back in 1998, and are pleased to be the sponsors of the BIFA Discovery Award.

Here are this years nominations. The winner will be announced in a star-studded event in London on Sunday 6 December.

AAAAAAAAH! – Andrew Starke, Steve Oram

Alpha Male, Smith and his Beta, Keith, move to take over a local community where they establish a fragile family unit. The black comedy studies and challenges domestic conventions by capturing the tribe’s rituals, rivalries and rocky history, and questions whether we are men, or simply beasts.

Burn Burn Burn – Chanya Button, Charlie Covell, Daniel-Konrad Cooper and Tim Phillips

Following the death of their friend Dan, Seph and Alex embark on a road trip to spread his ashes. Kept in a tupperware box in the glove compartment, the film shows how one is still ever present after death, combating themes of morbidity with laughter as well as tears with a smart, female-centric spin.

Orion: The Man Who would Be King – Jeanie Finlay

Jimmy Ellis, a singer form Alabama, is cursed with a singing voice identical to Elvis Presley’s. Jeanie Finlay’s tale of the talented singer and his role in the Elvis-is-alive myths is stranger than fiction, as well as being affectingly weird and poignant.

The Return – Oliver Nias

Jack, a small time criminal, returns to London after three years exile in search of his next expedition. After realising his old connections have gone cold, he decides to take it upon himself to try his luck and find a target alone. When the execution of the heist goes wrong, Jack has no choice but to confront the escalating violence he has catalysed.

The Return was screened at Raindance 2015, and was nominated for Best UK Feature.

Winter – Tilly Wood, Paula Crickard, Heidi Greensmith


When Woods loses his wife Marie in tragic circumstances, the successful artist has an emotional breakdown. Woods follows the story of a lovingly devoted Husband and Father, struggling against society with the love of his two sons and the hope of returning into the man he once was.

Winter was screened at Raindance 2015 as part of the festival’s Official Selection.

See here for the full list of nominations at the 2015 BIFA awards.



Photo Credit David Martinez / BIFA 2018

Few people know more filmmakers and screenwriters than Elliot Grove. Elliot is the founder of Raindance Film Festival (1993) and the British Independent Film Awards (1998). He has produced over 700 hundred short films and five feature films: the multi-award-winning The Living and the Dead (2006), Deadly Virtues (2013), AMBER (2017), Love is Thicker Than Water (2018) and the SWSX Grand Jury Prize winner Alice (2019). He teaches screenwriting and producing in the UK, Europe, Asia and America.

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Elliot has written three books which have become industry standards: Raindance Writers’ Lab: Write + Sell the Hot Screenplay, now in its second edition, Raindance Producers’ Lab: Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking and Beginning Filmmaking: 100 Easy Steps from Script to Screen (Professional Media Practice).

In 2009 he was awarded a PhD for services to film education.

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