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British Independent Film Awards

Setting the stage for a celebration of British independent film, featuring some of the biggest names in movies. Broadsword has supported BIFA since 2009. 
Thank you so much for your help and unwavering support, making BIFA such a success. We enormously appreciate your calm, understated efficiency. We simply would not have been able to achieve what we did without you. 
Organiser, BIFA

Each December, Awards Season, Christmas and the British Independent Film Industry merge to provide us with a perfect storm of an event. The stars literally align on the red carpet at Old Billingsgate for a glittering celebration of British film where you don’t need a Hollywood budget to find yourself sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in movies.

Celebrating the independent film community

Broadsword worked closely with organisers, running the ceremony, to film and stream the evening live from the venue via the web to a global audience. Managing the playback of film clips was a particular challenge given that the room was full of established filmmakers who know exactly how their work should look and sound, so there was no margin for error here.

Leading up to the Awards, Broadsword were tasked to film, capture and live stream a series of related events, including the Nominees Party and the Craft Winner Announcement.

Rolling out the red carpet

On the night itself, as expected, the Awards journey began with a red carpet. Alongside house crews, special access photographers and wire press, Broadsword were able to showcase their ability to produce high quality, shareable footage at speed, capturing red carpet and reportage-style images and interviews of guests as they made their way along. 

Documentary For Sama was named Best British Independent Film 2019, the first documentary to win that award.
Kristin Scott Thomas was presented with the 2019 Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film.

Thoughtfully produced

As well as an industry following, nominees, winners and ceremony guests, BIFA has a powerful public audience of film students, young filmmakers and film fans. To be eligible for consideration, films have to be intended for theatrical release, produced or co-produced by a British company and have budgets of under 10 million pounds. 

Similarly, the event itself was not a big budget affair but it was crucial that the production was aligned to the audience. We used our creativity and innovation to create an impressive and dramatic awards show, with robust systems and thoughtfully produced filmed content. 

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