BIFA Expanding Pool of Voters

Posted: 5th April 2016

The British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) are expanding their voting pool and are inviting film industry professionals to register to take part.

Each year, the BIFA voters view 250+ entered films. After a rigorous discussion-based selection process the long list and the nominations are decided by a confidential vote. The voters are divided into Sub-Groups based on the award categories (e.g. Best British Film, Best International, Best Short etc.). Films are allocated to voters so that every entered film is seen by a minimum number of voters and properly discussed. The Sub-Groups meet throughout the process to discuss the films they have seen and decide which films are removed from active consideration, having been seen by a minimum number of voters, and which films they recommend that all of their fellow voters see.

Votes are then cast privately in two rounds, once to reach the longlist and once to reach the final nominations. In calculating the results, BIFA takes into account the number of people who have seen a film. The winners are decided by independent juries, newly appointed each year.

BIFA are inviting film industry professionals who fit any of the following criteria to apply:

  • Previous BIFA nominees and winners.
  • HoDs on BIFA-nominated films (in most categories)
  • Industry professionals who haven’t worked on BIFA-nominated films, but have significant (three or more years’) experience in independent feature film production in a creative capacity.

Deadline: 22 April

For more information about BIFA, registering to vote and eligibility criteria, please see the BIFA website


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