Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner at this year's British Independent Film Awards.

The film won both best film and best director at the BIFAs, hosted by James Nesbitt at London's Old Billingsgate Market. Slumdog Millionaireactor Dev Patel was also named newcomer of the year.

Boyle were presented with the awards by Joe Wright and Eva Green. He dedicated the awards to the people of Mumbai, where the film was made.

Another big winner on the night was Steve McQueen, whose feature debut Hunger won the Douglas Hickox award, best actor for Michael Fassbender and best technical achievement for cinematographer Sean Bobbit.

Best actress was Vera Farmigafor The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Both best supporting actor and actress awards went to stars ofMike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky, Alexis Zegerman and Eddie Marsan.

Martin McDonagh won best screenplay honours for In Bruges. 'Apologies to the people of Bruges. It isn't really that shitty,' he joked.

Awards in full

Best British Independent film

Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle)

Best director, sponsored by The Creative Partnership

Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)

The Douglas Hickox Award (best debut director)

Steve McQueen (Hunger)

Best screenplay sponsored by BBC Films

Martin McDonagh - In Bruges

Best actress Sponsored by M.A.C

Vera Farmiga - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Best actor

Michael Fassbender - Hunger

Best supporting actress

Alexis Zegerman - Happy-Go-Lucky

Best supporting actor Sponsored by Tiscali

Eddie Marsan - Happy-Go-Lucky

Mostpromising newcomer

Dev Patel - Slumdog Millionaire

Best achievement in production Sponsored by Recorded Picture Company

The Escapist

Raindance Award

Zebra Crossings

Best technical achievement Sponsored by Skillset

Cinematography - Sean Bobbitt - Hunger

Best documentary Sponsored by Chapter Media

Man on Wire

Best British short Sponsored by Dailymotion


Best foreign film

Waltz with Bashir

TheRichard Harris Award(for Outstanding Contribution to British Film) Sponsored by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, UK

David Thewlis

The Variety Award

Michael Sheen

Special Jury Prize Sponsored by UK Film Council

Joe Dunton