There was a lot of success for first-time filmmakers on the night
First-time filmmakers took home awards for Best Film and Best Director in the The British Independent Film Awards 2017.
The awards for Best Director and Best Debut Director went to first-time feature director Rungano Nyoni for I am not a Witch. This is only the second time a director has won both awards, with the last being Anton Corbijn in 2007 for Control.
Gods Own Country was also one of the biggest winners of the night with four awards, including Best Debut Screenwriter and Best British Independent Film for first-time filmmaker Francis Lee.
Lee, on accepting the award for Best Film, said: “Nobody asked me to write this film. I’d not written a film before and I had this idea and I had this incredible friend who said I think you need to write a feature film about this.
“So I took three weeks off and sat down and wrote it and I sent it him and he read it and went I think this is good.”
Other winners included Lady Macbeth, which took home five awards in total, including Best Cinematography sponsored by Blackmagic Design and Best Costume Design.
The only category of the night open to non-UK films, Best International Independent Film sponsored by Champagne Taittinger, was won by Get Out.
The winners were announced on Sunday, December 10 at a ceremony hosted by Mark Gatiss in Old Billingsgate, London.
See the full winners in the British Independent Film Awards 2017 below.
Best British Independent Film – God’s Own Country
Best Director – Rungano Nyoni I Am Not a Witch
Best Screenplay – Alice Birch Lady Macbeth
Best Actress – Florence Pugh Lady Macbeth
Best Actor – Josh O’Connor God’s Own Country
Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Clarkson The Party
Best Supporting Actor – Simon Russell Beale The Death of Stalin
Most Promising Newcomer – Naomi Ackie Lady Macbeth
The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director) – Rungano Nyoni I Am Not a Witch
Debut Screenwriter – Francis Lee God’s Own Country
Breakthrough Producer – Emily Morgan I Am Not a Witch
The Discovery Award – In Another Life
Best Documentary – Almost Heaven, Carol Salter
Best British Short Film – Fish Story
Best Cinematography – Ari Wegner Lady Macbeth
Best Casting – Sarah Crowe The Death of Stalin
Best Costume Design – Holly Waddington Lady Macbeth
Best Editing – Jon Gregory Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Effects – Nick Allder, Ben White The Ritual
Best Make Up & Hair Design – Nicole Stafford The Death of Stalin
Best Music – Carter Burwell Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Production Design – Cristina Casali The Death of Stalin
Best Sound – Anna Bertmark God’s Own Country
Best International Independent Film – Get Out