Film4 is celebrating a remarkable achievement with 14 award victories for films supported by the network at the 2023 British Independent Film Awards. Notably, “All Of Us Strangers” secured the prestigious title of Best British Independent Film.
The triumphant showcase follows a string of recent honours, including a noteworthy accomplishment where ten films backed by Film4 premiered at the London Film Festival. Among these, noteworthy titles included “Poor Things,” “All of Us Strangers,” “The Zone of Interest,” and the Closing Night feature, “The Kitchen.” The success continued with accolades such as the Grand Prix (The Zone of Interest) and Un Certain Regard (How To Have Sex) at Cannes, and the crowning achievement of the Golden Lion (Poor Things) at the Venice Film Festival. This notable recognition sets an encouraging tone for Channel 4’s feature film division as the Awards Season unfolds.
Daniel Battsek, Chairman of Film4 and Ollie Madden Director of Film4 comment: “We are very proud that All of Us Strangers, How To Have Sex and Earth Mama have received such well-deserved accolades at this year’s BIFAs. Backing a range of distinctive films from emerging and established filmmakers is key to what we do at Film4 and recognition from the independent film industry means so much to us. Congratulations to the winners and our partners, we are celebrating with you all over these huge successes.”
Andrew Haigh’s “All Of Us Strangers” emerged as a standout, securing seven awards, including Best British Independent Film, Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Supporting Performance by Paul Mescal. Additionally, Molly Manning Walker’s “How to Have Sex” claimed three victories, including Best Lead Performance by Mia Mckenna-Bruce and Best Supporting Performance by Shaun Thomas. Savanah Leaf’s “Earth Mama” also received The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director.
These achievements are complemented by Film4-backed films dominating seven out of the ten BIFA Craft categories in November. Notable wins include three for “All Of Us Strangers” in categories such as Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Music Supervision. “The Kitchen,” helmed by Daniel Kaluuya and Kibwe Tavares, secured two victories for Best Production Design and Best Effects. Molly Manning Walker’s “How To Have Sex” was honoured with the Best Casting award, while Mark Jenkin’s “Enys Men” triumphed in the Best Sound category.