BIFA Nominations for Best Director

The British Independent Film Awards was founded by Raindance in 1998 to honour and celebrate independent films made in Britain. Previous winners have included Billy Elliot, Slumdog Millionaire and The King’s Speech.

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Read all the 2012 BIFA nominations here.
The winner will be announced on Sunday 9 December 2012.


According to the Auteur Theory, the Director can make or break a film. Past winners of the Best Director category of the BIFA’s include Andrea Arnold for Fish Tank (2009), Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionare (2008), and Stephen Daldry for Billy Elliot (2000).


Bart Layton for The Imposter

London native Bart Layton is best known for his directorial work on documentaries such as ‘Banged Up Abroad’ (2006) and ’16 for a Day’ (2006). He has already won an award for ‘The Imposter’ from the Miami Film Festival and been nominated for three others. This is his nomination for a BIFA.


Ben Wheatley for Sightseers

Coming from a background in viral advertising, Wheatley has received seven nominations and three wins for his first two feature films, ‘Kill List’ (2011) and ‘Down Terrace’ (2009). ‘Sightseers’ was recently nominated for Best Film at the Mar Del Plata Film Festival. This is his first nomination for a BIFA.


John Madden for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Best known for his Oscar nominated direction of ‘Shakespeare in Love’ (Oscar winner for Best Picture 1998), the British director John Madden is lauded globally with eleven awards and twelve nominations from international festivals and film awards. He is also known for his work on ‘Proof’ (2005), ‘Kill Shot’ (2009), and ‘The Debt’ (2010).  This is his first BIFA nomination


Peter Strickland for Berberian Sound Studio

Relatively new on the scene is English born Peter Strickland, who was previously nominated for a BIFA in 2009 for his first feature film ‘Katalin Varga.’ Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian cites ‘Berberian Sound Studio’ as the emergence of Strickland as “a key British film-maker of his generation.” The film is also up for Best Screenplay, and was nominated for awards in a few other international festivals this year.


Rufus Norris for Broken

Rufus Norris is an award-winning British theatre director who trained as an actor at RADA before turning to directing. In 2009, Rufus made his screen debut with the short film ‘King Bastard,’ written by Tanya Ronder and produced by BBC Films, and this year his debut feature ‘Broken’ opened Critics Week at Cannes Film Festival. ‘Broken’ has already been nominated for two other awards, and this is Norris’ first BIFA nomination.