A glittering array of talent turned out this evening for the 17thMoët British Independent Film Awards. The winners were announced at the star-studded ceremony, held at Old Billingsgate, which was hosted by THE INBETWEENERS star, Simon Bird.

The lucky winners took home the iconic award designed by Fredrikson Stallard and created by Swarovski  as  well  as  a  personalised,  Swarovski  crystal  encrusted magnum of Moët & Chandon. 

Best  British  Independent  Film  was  won  by PRIDE.    Yann  Demange  won  Best Director for ’71, Gugu Mbatha-Raw  won Best  Actress for BELLE and Brendan Gleeson won Best Actor for CALVARY.  Andrew Scott collected his award for Best Supporting Actor for PRIDE and Imelda Staunton took home her award for Best Supporting Actress also for her role in PRIDE.

PRIDE won the most awards on the night, picking up Best British Independent Film, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor.

Joint Directors; The Moët British Independent Film Awards Johanna von Fischer & Tessa Collinson said: “In our final year as Directors it is terrific to see such an amazing mix of the established and new being represented in our honourees tonight. The range of diverse and unique talent in this country is awe inspiring. Our jury has had some truly tough decisions to make. We hope these results will excite audiences and encourage more people to search out these films creating a greater demand for British Independent cinema. 2014 also sees us celebrate five years of a fabulous partnership with title sponsor Moët & Chandon, who add that extra sparkle each year for which we are incredibly grateful.”

As previously announced, Emma Thompson was awarded the coveted Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution by an actor to British film, and Benedict Cumberbatch the Variety Award, which recognises an actor, director, writer or producer who has helped to shine the international spotlight on the UK. The Special Jury Prize went to John Boorman.

Elsa  Corbineau,  Marketing  Director  Moët  &  Chandon  commented;  “Marking  our 5th Anniversary as title sponsors of the Moët British Independent Film Awards and long-time supporters of British film, Moët & Chandon is delighted to share in the celebrations of tonight’s very well deserved winners. To toast the successes of 2014, guests joined us in creating a seven-foot champagne fountain to salute a year of amazing achievements.”

The Raindance Award was won by LUNA. Elliot Grove, Founder of BIFA and the Raindance Film Festival added; “British filmmakers are at the top of their game and amongst the most creative in the world, covering a diverse range of stories, passionately told and featuring outstanding acting talent. BIFA is proud to lead the celebrations at the start of the Award season.”

The Moët British Independent Film Awards are proud to announce the following winners for 2014 (highlighted below in bold):

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
Sponsored by Moët & Chandon

'71

Calvary

Mr Turner

Pride

The Imitation Game

BEST DIRECTOR
Sponsored by AllCity & Intermission John Michael McDonagh – Calvary Lenny Abrahamson – Frank Matthew Warchus – Pride

Mike Leigh – Mr Turner

Yann Demange –  '71

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]
Sponsored by 3 Mills Studios

Daniel Wolfe, Matthew Wolfe – Catch Me Daddy

Hong Khaou – Lilting

Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard –  20,000 Days on Earth

Morgan Matthews – X+Y
Yann Demange – '71

BEST SCREENPLAY
Sponsored by BBC Films

Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

Gregory Burke  – '71

John Michael McDonagh – Calvary

Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan –  Frank

Stephen Beresford – Pride

BEST ACTRESS
Sponsored by M.A.C Cosmetics

Alicia Vikander – Testament of Youth

Cheng Pei Pei – Lilting

Gugu Mbatha-Raw –  Belle

Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game

Sameena Jabeen Ahmed – Catch Me Daddy

BEST ACTOR 
Sponsored by Movado 

Asa Butterfield – X+Y

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game

Brendan Gleeson – Calvary

Jack O'Connell – '71

Timothy Spall – Mr Turner

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 

Dorothy Atkinson – Mr Turner

Imelda Staunton –  Pride

Maggie Gyllenhaal – Frank

Sally Hawkins – X+Y

Sienna Guillory – The Goob

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 
Sponsored by St Martins Lane 

Andrew Scott – Pride

Ben Schnetzer – Pride

Michael Fassbender – Frank

Rafe Spall – X+Y

Sean Harris – ‘71

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER

Ben Schnetzer – Pride

Cara Delevingne – The Face of An Angel

Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle

Liam Walpole – The Goob

Sameena Jabeen Ahmed –  Catch Me Daddy

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
'71
20,000 Days on Earth
Catch Me Daddy
Lilting
The Goob

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Chris Wyatt - Editing - '71

Dick Pope - Cinematography - Mr Turner

Robbie Ryan - Cinematography - Catch Me Daddy

Stephen Rennicks - Music –  Frank

Tat Radcliffe - Cinematography - '71

BEST DOCUMENTAR Y

20,000 Days on Earth

Next Goal Wins

Night Will Fall

The Possibilities Are Endless

Virunga

BEST BRITISH SHORT

Crocodile

Emotional Fusebox

Keeping Up With The Joneses

Slap

The Kármán Line

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM

Blue Ruin
Boyhood
Fruitvale Station
Ida

The Babadook

THE RAINDANCE AWARD

Flim: The Movie...
Gregor

Luna

Keeping Rosy

The Beat Beneath My Feet

THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution by an actor to British Film)

Emma Thompson 

THE VARIETY AWARD

Benedict Cumberbatch

THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

John Boorman

Now in its 17th year, the Awards were created by Raindance in 1998 and set out to celebrate  merit  and  achievement  in  independently funded  British filmmaking,  to honour new talent, and to promote British films and filmmaking to a wider public.

Previous winners of the prestigious Best British Independent Film Award include METRO MANILA, TYRANNOSAUR, THE KING’S SPEECH, MOON, CONTROL, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, THE CONSTANT GARDENER and THIS IS ENGLAND.

Proud supporters and patrons of The Moët British Independent Film Awards include Mike Figgis, Tom Hollander, Adrian Lester, Ken Loach, Ewan McGregor, Helen Mirren, Samantha Morton, James Nesbitt, Michael Sheen, Trudie Styler, Tilda Swinton, Meera Syal, David Thewlis, Ray Winstone and Michael Winterbottom.

The Moët British Independent Film Awards would like to thank all its supporters, especially: Moët  &  Chandon,  3 Mills  Studios,  BBC  Films,  M.A.C  Cosmetics, Movado, Raindance, St Martins Lane, Soho House, Swarovski, Variety, AllCity,

Intermission. 
Created by Raindance
Signature trophy
Designed by Fredrikson Stallard, created by Swarovski.

In recognition of Moët & Chandon’s generous contribution as headline sponsor, the 2014 event is referred to as The MOËT British Independent Film Awards.

Moët & Chandon is the champagne of success and glamour since 1743. Renowned for its achievements, firsts and legendary pioneering spirit, Moët & Chandon is the Maison  that  introduced  champagne to  the world.  Synonymous  with  the most venerable of traditions and the most modern of pleasures, Moët & Chandon has celebrated life’s most triumphant moments with grandeur and generosity for more than 270 years.

For further information on MBIFA, visit  www.bifa.org.uk