The Element Pictures produced THE LOBSTER, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos leads the British Independent Film Awards race with an incredible seven nominations including Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Producer of the Year. Colin Farrell is nominated as Best Actor and Olivia Colman and Ben Whishaw are up for their supporting turns. Created in 1998 by Raindance founder Elliot Grove, The British Independent Film Awards set out to celebrate merit and achievement in independently funded filmmaking.

Lenny Abrahamson’s much praised ROOM which Element Pictures also produced is nominated for Best International Independent Film. ROOM is due for release in Ireland on January 16th 2016.

The BIFAs are held on December 6 at London’s Old Billingsgate.

Speaking on the nominations, Element Pictures Producer Ed Guiney commented “’We are so thrilled that THE LOBSTER has been recognised by the BIFAs with 7 nominations; it’s a huge testament to Yorgos and our amazing cast and crew. We are also delighted that ROOM has been nominated as best international film.’

THE LOBSTER is a love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.

THE LOBSTER has become a box-office hit, grossing over 1.2 million euro in week three of release in Ireland and the UK.

THE LOBSTER is written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou and produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive Producers are Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender.

THE LOBSTER is an Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Faliro House, Haut et Court, Lemming Film co-production in association with Limp and with Irish finance for the film from the Irish Film Board and qualifies as a British film for the BIFAS by virtue of the fact that it is an official European co-production, including the UK.”