Element Pictures’ THE FAVOURITE Leads British Independent Film Awards 2018 Nominations

DUBLIN, IRELAND – Element Pictures celebrate with an incredible 18 nominations for this year’s British Independent  Film awards  for Yorgos Lanthimos’  THE FAVOURITE and  Sebastián Lelio’s DISOBEDIENCE.


THE FAVOURITE leads the race with 13 noms including Best Director, Best Film, Best Actor and Best Screenplay. This follows major wins at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year for the much lauded film where it scooped the Grand Jury Prize and also for Olivia Colman who won Best Actress.  The BIFA noms position THE FAVOURITE perfectly before its North American release later this month through Fox Searchlight with an Irish release set for January 1st.


Recent Fox Searchlight releases include last year’s Oscar winners, THE SHAPE OF WATER and THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI.


THE FAVOURITE stars Olivia Colman and Academy Award winners Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone and marks the third collaboration between Element Pictures and visionary director Lanthimos following award-winning films THE LOBSTER and THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER.


DISOBEDIENCE lands 5 noms at this years BIFA’s including Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Actor.

Sebastián Lelio’s romantic drama stars Oscar winner Rachel Weisz, Oscar nominee Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola. DISOBEDIENCE hits Irish cinemas later this year.

THE FAVOURITE has been nominated in the following categories


  • Best British Independent Film Yorgos Lanthimos, Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara, Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday
  • Best Director – Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Best Screenplay – Deborah Davis, Tony Mcnamara
  • Best Actress – Olivia Colman
  • Best Supporting Actress – Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz
  • Best Casting – Dixie Chassay
  • Best Cinematography – Robbie Ryan
  • Best Costume Design – Sandy Powell
  • Best Editing – Yorgos Mavropsaridi
  • Best Sound- Johnnie Burn
  • Best Production Design- Fiona Crombie
  • Best Make-Up & Hair Design- Nadia Stacey


DISOBEDIENCE has been nominated in the following categories


  • Best Actress- Rachel Weisz
  • Best Supporting Actress- Rachel McAdams
  • Best Supporting Actor- Allessandro Nivola
  • Best Screenplay- Sebastián Lelio & Rebecca Lenkiewicz
  • Best British Independent Film- Sebastián Lelio, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Ed Guiney, Frida Torresblanco, Rachel Weisz


The winners will be announced at the much anticipated awards ceremony to be held on Sunday December 2nd in central London.


THE FAVOURITE is written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara and is produced by Ed Guiney and executive produced by Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures. Other producers include Ceci Dempsey, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos. The film is an Element Pictures/Scarlet Films production for Fox Searchlight, Film4 and Waypoint.