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.

Winner of Best Debut Screenwriter Francis Lee at the British Independent Film Awards 2017 at Old Billingsgate in London. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

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 FilmGod’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 AwardIn Another Life

Best DocumentaryAlmost Heaven, Carol Salter

Best British Short FilmFish 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 FilmGet Out