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BIFA Announces Best Feature Documentary and Best International Independent Film Longlists

The British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) today revealed the longlists for Best Feature Documentary sponsored by Intermission Film and Best International Independent Film sponsored by Taittinger Champagne.

Fifteen films are in the running for the Best Feature Documentary, all of which explore diverse themes and stories from around the world – some having been in development for several years. Eight of this year’s shortlisted documentaries are helmed by women.

2022 has seen the introduction of a new category, Best Debut Director – Documentary. This longlist will be announced on Monday 24 October, along with BIFA’s other prestigious new talent categories.

Meanwhile, seventeen films are in the running for Best International Independent Film Award, all having already scooped numerous awards at this year’s flagship international film festivals. Three of this year’s international titles come from the United States, two from South Korea, one from China, one from Iran, one from South America, and the remaining nine from Europe.

The final five nominations in each category will be announced at the beginning of November with the winners revealed at the 25th annual BIFA ceremony on Sunday 4 December.

For details on how to watch the longlisted films, visit

Best International Independent Film sponsored by Champagne Taittinger

ALCARRÀS Carla Simón, María Zamora, Stefan Schmitz, Tono Folguera, Sergi Moreno
ALL THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED Laura Poitras, Howard Gertler, Nan Goldin, Yoni Golijov, John S. Lyons
ARGENTINA, 1985 Santiago Mitre, Mariano Llinás, Axel Kuschevatzky, Federico Posternak, Agustina Llambi Campbell, Ricardo Darín, Santiago Carabante, Chino Darín, Victoria Alonso
BROKER Kore-eda Hirokazu, Lee Eugene
CLOSE Lukas Dhont, Angelo Tijssens, Michiel Dhont, Dirk Impens
DECISION TO LEAVE Park Chan-Wook, Chung Seo-Kyung
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert, Joe Russo Anthony Russo, Mike Larocca
FULL TIME Éric Gravel, Raphaëlle Delauche, Nicolas Sanfaute
HIT THE ROAD Panah Panahi, Mastaneh Mohajer
LA MIF Fred Baillif, Véronique Vergari, Agnès Boutruche
MORE THAN EVER Emily Atef, Lars Hubrich, Xénia Maingot
MURINA Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, Danijel Pek, Rodrigo Teixeira
NAVALNY Daniel Roher, Odessa Rae, Diane Becker, Melanie Miller, Shane Boris
PLAYGROUND Laura Wandel, Stéphane Lhoest
RETURN TO DUST Li Ruijun, Qin Hong, Zhang Min, Li Yan
THE QUIET GIRL Colm Bairéad, Cleona Ní Chrualaoi
THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt, Andrea Berentsen Ottmar, Thomas Robsahm

Best Feature Documentary sponsored by Intermission Film

A BUNCH OF AMATEURS Kim Hopkins, Margareta Szabo
A STORY OF BONES Joseph Curran, Dominic Aubrey de Vere, Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo
ELECTRIC MALADY Marie Lidén, Aimara RequesFADIA’S TREE Sarah Beddington, Susan Simnett
FASHION REIMAGINED Becky Hutner, Lindsay Lowe, Andrea Van Beuren
KANAVAL Leah Gordon, Eddie Hutton Mills, Natasha Dack Ojumu
Sharifi, Amanda Wilkie

MY OLD SCHOOL Jono McLeod, John Archer, Olivia Lichtenstein
NASCONDINO (HIDE AND SEEK) Victoria Fiore, Aleksandra Bilić, Jennifer Corcoran NOTHING COMPARES Kathryn Ferguson, Eleanor Emptage, Michael Mallie REBELLION Elena Sánchez Bellot, Maia Kenworthy, Kat Mansoor
THE PRINCESS Ed Perkins, Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn
THIS MUCH I KNOW TO BE TRUE Andrew Dominik, Amy James, Isaac Hoff
YOUNG PLATO Declan McGrath, Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane


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