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At the Moet British Independent Film Awards

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Irish talent honoured

Irish talent was at the fore tonight at the Moët British Independent Film Awards, which saw three Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board supported films picking up major awards.

The award for Best International Independent Film went to Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, based on Emma Donoghue’s novel. Starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, Room was produced by Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe. Saoirse Ronan was named Best Actress for her role in John Crowley’s Brooklyn. Adapted by Nick Hornby from the book by Colm Tóibín, Brooklyn was co-produced by Parallel Films’ Alan Moloney. Olivia Colman picked up an award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Lobster. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, The Lobster was produced by Ed Guiney and Lee Magiday for Element Pictures.

Also at the BIFAs, Brendan Gleeson was named Best Supporting Actor for his role in Suffragette. Ex Machina, starring Domhnall Gleeson, received the honour of Best British Independent Film, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay for Alex Garland. Northern Ireland’s Stephen Fingleton received the Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director for The Survivalist.

Speaking at the event this evening, James Hickey, IFB CEO commented: “It is wonderful to see such films as The Lobster, Brooklyn and Room honoured this evening amongst the very best in independent filmmaking. In what has been a terrific year for Irish film to date, these awards are testament to the wealth of Irish talent and to what can be achieved through international co-productions. Congratulations to all involved”.

The Lobster, Brooklyn and Room were all supported by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board.

Now in its 18th year, the Moët British Independent Film Awards highlight and reward the best, most innovative and creative independent filmmaking and filmmakers in the UK.