(Carol Salter with her BIFA Award)

Huge congratulations to NFTS alumni Emily Morgan and Carol Salter who won prestigious BIFA awards at the 2017 British Independent Film Awards.

(Emily Morgan)

Emily won in the ‘Breakthrough Producer’ category for her work on Film4-backed satire, I Am Not A Witch, which is about an 8-year-old girl who is convicted of being a witch. In addition to Emily winning Breakthrough Producer, the film’s director, Rungano Nyoni won both the ‘Best Director’ prize and the ‘Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director’.

(Still from I Am Not a Witch)

NFTS Editing MA graduate, Carol Salter won ‘Best Documentary’ for her film, Almost Heaven, about a trainee mortician working in one of China’s largest funeral homes.

(Still from Almost Heaven)

All subjects of recent NFTS masterclasses, Gods Own Country, Lady Macbeth and The Death of Stalin were big winners on the night.

Gods Own Country, directed by Francis Lee, took the top prize on the night, winning ‘Best British Independent Film’ as well as ‘Best Debut Screenwriter’ for Francis and Best Actor for Josh O'Connor (the film had already won ‘Best Sound’ in the BIFA Craft Categories).

Lady Macbeth, directed by William Oldroyd and produced by NFTS alumna, Fohla Cronin O’Reilly who was also nominated in the ‘Breakthrough Producer’ category, added to its ‘Best Cinematography’ and ‘Best Costume Design’ Craft Awards with ‘Best Screenplay’ (Alice Birch), ‘Best Actress’ (Florence Pugh) and ‘Most Promising Newcomer’ (Naomi Ackie).  

Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin took the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ Award for Simon Russell Beale and had already won Craft Awards for ‘Best Production Design’, ‘Best Makeup’ and ‘Best Casting’ and NFTS alumnus, Pete Lambert was nominated for ‘Best Editing’.