Moet British Independent Film Award nomination announcement

 The Moët British Independent Film Award nominees have been announced and we are excited to see several EIFF titles make an appearance

 Celebrating the best of independently funded British filmmaking the BIFAs recognises new UK talent and regularly features EIFF films - last year's Best British Independent Film went to our 2009 Michael Powell winner Moon. This year sweeping the board with nominations in 6 award categories is Gareth Edward's Monsters. Sitting alongside it in the Best Achievement In Production category is our Michael Powell winner Skeletons. Jackboots on Whitehall, Son of Babylon and brilliantlove (screening at Filmhouse next week with a Q&A with Director Ashley Horner) are all up for the Raindance Award that honours films that have worked against the filmmaking odds with little or no industry help. Best Foreign Film nominations include Winter's Bone and The Secret In Their Eyes and we even have a look in in the Best British Short category with this year's EIFF Best British Short Winner, Baby and 2009's McLaren winner Photograph of Jesus both nominated.

Countdown to Zero's director, Lucy Walker also has a nomination in the Best Documentary category for her latest doc Waste Land and new kid on the Scottish block, Conor McCarron, is nominated for a Most Promising Newcomer award for his role in Peter Mullan's NEDS.

The awards are chosen by an independent jury which this year includes EIFF Artistic Director Hannah McGill, a bit like a mother having to choose her favourite child, she is in for an interesting process... The winners will be announced at the award's 13th ceremony, hosted by James Nesbitt, on Sunday 5 December in London. Click here to see the BIFA site for the full list of nominees.

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Programming Assistant Kirsten began at EIFF on placement as a Submissions Assistant in 2006 and has been hooked ever since! She has also worked at Toronto Int FIlm Festival and Sheffield Doc/Fest.

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