Each December, Awards Season, Christmas and the British Independent Film Industry merge to provide us with a perfect storm of an event. The stars literally align on the red carpet at Old Billingsgate for a glittering celebration of British film where you don’t need a Hollywood budget to find yourself sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in movies.
The British Independent Film Awards, or BIFA to you and me, are 20 years old and we are pleased and privileged to be their technical partner since 2009. Most of the awards categories are for British independent feature films only, though there are awards for Best International Independent film and Best British Short Film. Broadsword work closely for organisers GSP Events as their main technical adviser and our job is to make the nominees, presenters and winners look and sound as great as possible.
Managing the playback of film clips is a particular challenge given that the room is full of filmmakers who know exactly how their work should look and sound, so there’s no margin for error here. The event is also streamed live from the venue via the web from our camera and vision mixing system to a global audience, meaning that our performance is under even greater scrutiny. Fortunately, our great team of professionals work together each year to make sure that we are always ready for our close up.