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BIFA Award for Best Foreign Independent Film

The British Independent Film Award for Best Foreign Independent Film is an annual award given to the best foreign independent film. The award was introduced in the 1998 ceremony.


Winners and nomineesEdit

From 1998 to 2002 there were two separate categories:

  • Best Foreign Independent Film – English Language
  • Best Foreign Independent Film – Foreign Language


Category Film Country Director
Foreign language L'Appartement   France Gilles Mimouni
Airbag   Spain Juanma Bajo Ulloa
Live Flesh   Spain Pedro Almodóvar
Marquise   France Véra Belmont
Men with Guns   Canada Kari Skogland
English language Boogie Nights   United States Paul Thomas Anderson
Broken Vessels   United States Scott Ziehl
Chasing Amy   United States Kevin Smith
Left Luggage   Netherlands Jeroen Krabbé
The Castle   Australia Rob Sitch
Foreign language All About My Mother   Spain Pedro Almodóvar
The Celebration   Denmark Thomas Vinterberg
Life Is Beautiful   Italy Roberto Benigni
Romance   France Catherine Breillat
The Dreamlife of Angels   France Erick Zonca
English language Happiness   United States Todd Solondz
Buffalo '66   United States Vincent Gallo
Praise   United States John Curran
Rushmore   United States Wes Anderson
The Blair Witch Project   United States Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez
Foreign language Kadosh   Israel Amos Gitai
Beau travail   France Claire Denis
The Emperor and the Assassin   China Chen Kaige
Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train   France Patrice Chéreau
Une liaison pornographique   France Frédéric Fonteyne
English language The Straight Story   United States David Lynch
Boiler Room   United States Ben Younger
Chuck & Buck   United States Miguel Arteta
Jesus' Son   Canada Alison Maclean
Nurse Betty   United States Neil LaBute
Foreign language In the Mood for Love   Hong Kong Wong Kar-wai
Amores perros   Mexico Alejandro González Iñárritu
The Taste of Others   France Agnès Jaoui
Songs from the Second Floor   Sweden Roy Andersson
English language Memento   United States Christopher Nolan
Chopper   Australia Andrew Dominik
Hedwig and the Angry Inch   United States John Cameron Mitchell
Dark Days   United States Marc Singer
Foreign language Monsoon Wedding   India Mira Nair
Talk to Her   Spain Pedro Almodóvar
Nine Queens   Argentina Fabián Bielinsky
Y Tu Mamá También   Mexico Alfonso Cuarón
English language Lantana   Australia Ray Lawrence
Ghost World   United States Terry Zwigoff
Ivans XTC   United States Bernard Rose
Lost in La Mancha   United States Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe


Film Country Director
City of God   Brazil Fernando Meirelles
The Triplets of Belleville   France Sylvain Chomet
Secretary   United States Steven Shainberg
Spirited Away   Japan Hayao Miyazaki
Whale Rider   New Zealand Niki Caro
Oldboy   South Korea Park Chan-wook
Fahrenheit 9/11   United States Michael Moore
Hero   China Zhang Yimou
Pieces of April   United States Peter Hedges
The Motorcycle Diaries   Argentina Walter Salles
Downfall   Germany Oliver Hirschbiegel
Broken Flowers   United States Jim Jarmusch
Crash   United States Paul Haggis
Secuestro Express   Venezuela Jonathan Jakubowicz
The Woodsman   United States Nicole Kassell
Caché   France Michael Haneke
Brick   United States Rian Johnson
Hard Candy   United States David Slade
The Beat That My Heart Skipped   France Jacques Audiard
Volver   Spain Pedro Almodóvar
The Lives of Others   Germany Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Black Book   Netherlands Paul Verhoeven
La Vie en rose   France Olivier Dahan
Once   Ireland John Carney
Tell No One   France Guillaume Canet
Waltz with Bashir   Israel Ari Folman
Gomorrah   Italy Matteo Garrone
I've Loved You So Long   France Philippe Claudel
Persepolis   France Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly   France Julian Schnabel
Let the Right One In   Sweden Tomas Alfredson
Il Divo   Italy Paolo Sorrentino
Sin Nombre   Mexico Cary Fukunaga
The Hurt Locker   United States Kathryn Bigelow
The Wrestler   United States Darren Aronofsky
A Prophet   France Jacques Audiard
Dogtooth   Greece Yorgos Lanthimos
I Am Love   Italy Luca Guadagnino
The Secret in Their Eyes   Argentina Juan J. Campanella
Winter's Bone   United States Debra Granik
A separation   Iran Asghar Farhadi
Animal Kingdom   Australia David Michôd
Drive   United States Nicolas Winding Refn
Pina   Germany Wim Wenders
The Skin I Live In   Spain Pedro Almodóvar
The Hunt   Denmark Thomas Vinterberg
Amour   Austria Michael Haneke
Searching for Sugar Man   Sweden Malik Bendjelloul
Rust and Bone   France Jacques Audiard
Beasts of the Southern Wild   United States Benh Zeitlin
Blue is the Warmest Colour   France Abdellatif Kechiche
Blue Jasmine   United States Woody Allen
The Great Beauty   Italy Paolo Sorrentino
Frances Ha   United States Noah Baumbach
Wadjda   Saudi Arabia Haifaa al-Mansour
Boyhood   United States Richard Linklater
Blue Ruin   United States Jeremy Saulnier
Fruitvale Station   United States Ryan Coogler
Ida   Poland Paweł Pawlikowski
The Babadook   Australia Jennifer Kent
Room   United States Lenny Abrahamson
Carol   United States Todd Haynes
Force Mejeure   Sweden Ruben Östlund
Girlhood   France Céline Sciamma
Son of Saul   Hungary László Nemes
Moonlight   United States Barry Jenkins
Hunt for the Wilderpeople   New Zealand Taika Waititi
Manchester by the Sea   United States Kenneth Lonergan
Mustang   France/  Turkey Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Toni Erdmann   Austria/  Germany Maren Ade
Get Out   United States Jordan Peele
The Florida Project   United States Sean Baker
I Am Not Your Negro   United States Raoul Peck
Loveless   Russia Andrey Zvyagintsev
The Square   Sweden Ruben Östlund
Roma   Mexico Alfonso Cuarón
Capernaum   Lebanon Nadine Labaki
Cold War   Poland Paweł Pawlikowski
The Rider   United States Chloé Zhao
Shoplifters   Japan Hirokazu Kore-eda