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Actors who are aspiring to receive a British Independent Film Award (BIFA) once their careers are up and running could get their hands on a gender-neutral gong, after the organisation rehauled its performance categories.

Earlier this week, BIFA announced its new awards, including debut director for feature documentaries, best music supervision, best original music, best joint lead performance, and best ensemble.

Instead of the typical best actor and best actress categories, BIFA decided to just include best lead performance and best supporting performance gongs.

Directors of BIFA Amy Gustin and Deena Wallace said: “We’re very excited to be able to launch BIFA’s new expanded awards categories, which will more fully capture the range of exceptional performances and acting talent in British independent film and allow us to celebrate even more talent than ever before.”

Between five and ten nominees will be up for each accolade, and nominations for this year’s event will be announced on Thursday November 3rd.

The prestigious ceremony will then be held on Sunday December 4th. Last year’s winners include After Love, Aleem Khan for best director, Joanna Scanlan for best actress, Adeel Akhtar for best actor, Talid Ariss for best supporting actor and Vinette Robinson for best supporting actress.

Blockbuster movie actress Kate Beckinsale added Hollywood glamour to BIFA 2021 by presenting the award for best British independent film.

Among the BIFA Main Jury, who awarded the Special Jury Prize, was Emma Corrin, best known for her role as Princess Diana in the fourth season of The Crown. She has also featured in TV series Grantchester and movie Anna X.


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