Past Award Winners

The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film

2015  45 Years (Andrew Haigh)
2014  Hide and Seek (Joanna Coates)
2013  Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel)
2012  One Mile Away (Penny Woolcock)
2010  Skeletons (Nick Whitfield)
2009  Moon (Duncan Jones)
2008  Somers Town (Shane Meadows)
2007  Control (Anton Corbijn)
2006  Brothers of the Head (Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe)
2005  Tsotsi (Gavin Hood)
2004  My Summer of Love (Pawel Pawlikowski)
2003  Young Adam (David Mackenzie)
2002  Out of Control (Dominic Savage)
2001  Gas Attack (Kenny Glenaan)
2000  Last Resort (Pawel Pawlikowski)
1999  The War Zone (Tim Roth)
1998  Love Is the Devil (John Maybury)
1997  Under the Skin (Carine Adler)
1996  Jude (Michael Winterbottom)
1995  Small Faces (Gillies Mackinnon)
1994  Priest (Antonia Bird)
1993  Blue (Derek Jarman)
1992  You, Me and Marley (Richard Spence)
1991  The Grass Arena (Gillies Mackinnon)
1990  Silent Scream (David Hayman)

The Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film

2015  Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) and James Cosmo (The Pyramid Texts)
2014  Eddie Marsan (Still Life)
2013  Jamie Blackley and Toby Regbo (uwantme2killhim?)
2012  Andrea Riseborough and Bríd Brennan (Shadow Dancer)
2010  David Thewlis (Mr Nice)
2009  Katie Jarvis (Fish Tank)
2008  Robert Carlyle (Summer)
2007  Sam Riley (Control)

The Award for Best International Feature Film

2015  The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Marielle Heller)
2014  Ice Poison (Midi Z)
2013  A World Not Ours (Mahdi Fleifel)
2012  Here, There (Mao Mao)
2010  The Dry Land (Ryan Piers Williams)
2009  Easier with Practice (Kyle Patrick Alvarez)

The Award for Best Documentary Feature Film

2015  The Wolfpack (Crystal Moselle)
2014  My Name Is Salt (Farida Pacha)
2010  The Oath (Laura Poitras)
2009  Boris Ryzhy (Aliona van der Horst)
2008  Encounters at the End of the World (Werner Herzog)
2007  Billy the Kid (Jennifer Venditti)
2006  The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief (Jake Clennell)

The Audience Award

2015  Big Gold Dream: Scottish Post-Punk and Infiltrating the Mainstream (Grant McPhee)
2014  Tony Benn: Will and Testament (Skip Kite)
2013  Fire in the Night (Anthony Wonke)
2010  Get Low (Aaron Schneider)
2009  The Secret of Kells (Tomm Moore)
2008  Man on Wire (James Marsh)
2007  We Are Together (Paul Taylor)
2006  Clerks II (Kevin Smith)
2005  Tsotsi (Gavin Hood)
2004  Inside I'm Dancing (Damien O'Donnell)
2003  Afterlife (Alison Peebles)
2002  Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce)
2001  Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
2000  Billy Elliot (Stephen Daldry)
1999  Buena Vista Social Club (Wim Wenders)
1998  Get Real (Simon Shore)
1997  The Full Monty (Peter Cattaneo)
1996  My Friend Joe (Chris Bould)
1995  Bombay (Mani Ratman)
1994  Muriel's Wedding (PJ Hogan)

The Student Critics Jury Award, supported by James and Morag Anderson

2015  Black Mountain Poets (Jamie Adams)
2014  Stations of the Cross (Dietrich Brüggemann)
2013  Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari (Alexey Fedorchenko)
2012  Sleepless Night (Jang Kun-jae)

The Award for Best Short Film

2015  Scrapbook (Mike Hoolboom)
2014  Slap (Nick Rowland)
2013  GHL (Lotte Schreiber)
2012 (UK)  The Making of Longbird (Will Anderson)
2012 (International)  Dinosaur Eggs in the Living Room (Rafael Urban)
2010 (UK)  Baby (Daniel Mulloy)
2010 (International)  Rita (Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza)
2009 (UK)  After Tomorrow (Emma Sullivan)
2009 (International)  BLVD (Kazik Radwanski)
2008 (UK)  Son (Daniel Mulloy)
2007 (UK)  The One and Only Herb McGwyer Plays Wallis Island (James Griffiths)
2006 (UK)  The Other Man (Dictynna Hood)
2005 (UK)  Hibernation (John Williams)
2004 (UK)  Billy's Day Out (Iain B MacDonald) and Who Killed Brown Owl (Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor)
2003 (UK)  Love Me or Leave Me Alone (Duane Hopkins)
2002 (UK)  Procter (Joachim Trier)
2001 (UK)  Crow Stone (Alicia Duffy) and About a Girl (Brian Percival)
2000 (UK)  A Good Man Is Hard to Find (Martin Radich) and Jomeo & Ruliet (Alnoor Dewshi)
1999 (UK)  Home (Morag McKinnon), My Job (Joern Utkilen) and In Memory of Dorothy Bennett (Martin Radich)
1998 (UK)  I Just Want to Kiss You (Jamie Thraves) and Wee Three (Matt Hulse)

The McLaren Award for Best New British Animation, supported by The British Council

2015  Stems (Ainslie Henderson)
2014  My Stuffed Granny (Effie Pappa)
2013  Marilyn Myller (Mikey Please)
2012  The Making of Longbird (Will Anderson)
2010  Stanley Pickle (Victoria Mather)
2009  Photograph of Jesus (Laurie Hill) 
2008  Space Travel According to John (Jamie Stone and Anders Jedenfors)
2007  Over the Hill (Peter Baynton)
2006  Rabbit (Run Wrake)
2005  The True Story of Sawney Beane (Elizabeth Hobbs)
2004  Blur: Good Song (Shynola) and Brand Spanking (John-Paul Harney)
2003  Pullin' the Devil by the Tail (Stephen McCollum) 
2002  An Eye for an Eye (Shynola & Ruth Lingford)
2001  Dog (Suzie Templeton)
2000  Robots (John Williams)
1999  The Wolfman (Tim Hope)
1998  Hum Drum (Peter Peake)
1997  Flatworld (Daniel Greaves)
1996  Trainspotter (Neville Astley and Jeff Newitt)
1995  Pig and Pog (Peter Peake)
1994  The Sound of Music (Phil Molloy)
1993  Kings of Siam (Ged Harvey)
1992  A Is for Autism (Tim Webb)
1991  Door (Dave Anderson)
1990  Grand National (Sue Loughlin)

The Award for Creative Innovation in a Short Film

2014  The Bigger Picture (Daisy Jacobs)
2013  Doll Parts (Muzi Quawson)

The Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to a Short Film

2014  Ainslie Henderson and Will Anderson – Directors/Writers, Monkey Love Experiments
2013  Josh Gibson – Director of Photography, Light Plate

The AWFJ EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Narrative

2014  Finsterworld (Frauke Finsterwalder)

The AWFJ EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary

2014  Manakamana (Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez)

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