Just over a month to go now until the 2016 British Independent Film Awards or BIFAs as they are more commonly known. Now it’s its 19th year, the BIFAs showcase some of the best of British from the past 12 months and personally it’s our (or my!) favourite night of the year!

The Old Brewery is full to the brim with fantastic actors and if we’re lucky, we get to have a chat with a handful of them.

This morning, the lovely actors that are Ophelia Lovibond and Douglas Booth were given the honour of announcing the 2016 shortlist of nominees (click this way to see the full list) and we were given the privilege of chatting with them both.

We asked about why the awards are so important to British cinemas, what the awards mean to them, what it’s like working on vast film projects compared to small independent movies and how these small independent projects have shaped their career.

We also spoke with BIFA founder Elliot Grove and  BIFA Sub Committee Chairs Pippa Cross & Anna Higgs. Pippa recently produced the movies Starfish with Joanne Froggatt & 100 Streets with Idris Elba. Anna has recently produced the likes of High-Rise & A Field in England with with Writer / Director Ben Wheatley and also worked on documentary Dark Horse.

During the interview they talk us through the nominations short list, how tough it was to reduce tat down from the long list and how important the BIFAs are to British cinemas. Pippa also gives her thoughts on some of the reviews and reports from her movie Starfish and how some of those reviews have not received the movie as it was intended.

Check out all the interviews below.

Ophelia Lovibond & Douglas Booth Interview

Pippa Cross & Anna Higgs – BIFA Sub Committee Chairs Interview

BIFA Founder Elliot Grove Interview