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.

The Imposter

Director: Bart Layton (Feature film debut. Prior work includes: ‘Banged Up Abroad’ and ’16 for a Day’)

Budget: N/A

Synopsis: A documentary centered on a young Frenchman who convinces a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who went missing for 3 years.

What Critics are Saying:
“A mesmerizing con-artist comedy and a chilling true crime thriller…”
“This is edge-of-your-seat stuff and the difficulty is in the telling of the tale”
“In the annals of forged identity flicks, this is a towering Everest, dwarfing the deceivers…”

Sightseers

Director: Ben Wheatley (Prior work: ‘Kill List’ and ‘Down Terrace’)
Writers: Steve Oram and Alice Lowe

Budget: N/A

Synopsis: Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn. Down Terrace debuted at Raindance Film Festival in 2009, and the movie won the BIFA Raindance Award the same year.

What Critics are Saying:
“…this is a dark little delight.”
“a true gem: hilarious, original and uncompromising…
“so wonderful it should be preserved by the National Trust.”
“Think Natural Born Killers set in Cornwall. Only much, much funnier.”

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Director: John Madden (Prior work: ‘Shakespeare in Love’ and ‘Proof’)
Writers: Ol Parker (Screenplay) and Deborah Moggach (Novel)

Budget: £6.3 Million

Synopsis: British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.

What Critics are Saying:
“the astounding cast makes it feel like a night on the West End.”
“it’s a joy to watch so much talent on the screen.”
“it’s a fine spot to spend a couple of hours.”

Berberian Sound Studio

Director: Peter Strickland (Prior work: ‘Katalin Varga’ ‘A Metaphysical Education’ [short] ‘Bubblegum’ [short])
Writer: Peter Strickland

Budget: N/A

Synopsis: A sound engineer’s work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art.

What Critics are Saying:
“A delicately detailed immersion into the world of Z-grade Italian horror cinema that ultimately may or may not be a horror film itself … a tense, teasing triumph.”
“A dazzling curio in which every sound effect reverberates with multiple meanings.”
“With such a range of vivid sights and sounds, the film is a stunning, often mesmerising experience”

Broken

Director: Rufus Norris (Prior work: ‘Cutting Horse’ and ‘Demon Wind’)
Writer: Mark O’Rowe (Screenplay) and Daniel Clay (Novel)

Budget: N/A

Synopsis: The story of a young girl in North London whose life changes after witnessing a violent attack.

What Critics are Saying: “The film is rich in poignant moments and negotiates its frequent shifts from violence to gentleness to sorrow with sensitivity.”
“In a cinematic landscape where most films struggle to have one good concept or idea, Broken is an oasis. This film is so full of life that it is busting at the seams.”