EXCLUSIVE: British Independent Film Awards’ Insider Series supported by Creative Skillset.


The British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) has announced its first events programme, which will aim to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

Supported by Creative Skillset, the BIFA Insider series will aim to give recent graduates or those in their final year at university or film school an insight into the skills and creativity behind British independent film.

Participants will watch a BIFA-nominated or winning film for free via the BFI Player. The screening will be accompanied by a live Twitter commentary from BIFA-nominated or winning filmmakers and followed by a live streamed Q&A.

The commentary and Q&As will be hosted on a specially built platform on the BIFA website. Edited commentaries and Q&A transcripts will be available for all on the BIFA website after the events.

Six sessions will run from September to June 2016, with the first participating films and filmmakers confirmed as follows:

  • Chris Wyatt on editing Yann Demange’s action thriller ‘71

  • Amy Hubbard on casting Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant

  • Stephen Rennicks on composing music for Lenny Abrahamson’s comedy Frank.

Students and graduates can register their interest via hello@bifa.org.uk

Creative Skillset’s Gavin Humphries said “BIFA Insider will give the next generation - who may be future nominees themselves - unique insights from world class practitioners.”

This scheme is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Funds.

Live stream production services will be provided by Upbeat, with further support from the BFI Player, StudioCanal, Soda Pictures, Curzon Artificial Eye.