With Lady Macbeth leading this year’s nominations gaining mentions for its stars – Naomi Ackie & Cosmo Jarvis,  Zambian-Welsh writer/director of I Am Not a Witch Rungano Nyoni also sees her film get 13 nominations.

I Am Not A Witch sits amongst other favourites with Death of Stalin (13 nominations) with God’s Own Country and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri each nominated 11 times.

Read by Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams and Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake) this year’s nominations announcement took place at The London EDITION. Broadcast live via the BIFA Facebook page.

I Am Not a Witch is nominated in all the top categories including Debut Screenwriter, Breakthrough Producer sponsored by Creativity Media and The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director – as well as Best Screenplay sponsored by BBC Films, Best Director and Best British Independent Film. Lady Macbeth and God’s Own Country also feature in these categories.

We’re also really happy that Naomi Ackie and Cosmo Jarvis have been nominated for their performances in Lady Macbeth;  with them both nominated for Most Promising Newcomer sponsored by The London EDITION. Naomi is also nominated again, for Best Supporting Actress. Yay!

Another deserved nomination is I Am Not a Witch’s lead child actress Margaret Mulubwa, who is nominated for Best Actress. I Am Not a Witch has also picked up six technical category nominations.

I Am Not a Witch tells the story of a young girl who is accused of being a witch, and sent to a Witches Camp. Lady Macbeth is set in rural England, 1865, and tells the tale of a woman trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man who begins a passionate affair with a man her own age.

Another shout out goes to Morayo Akandé who wrote and starred in the short film 1745, which has been nominated in the Best British Short category. 1745 is about two young black slaves who escape into the wilds of 18th century Scotland, and must use all of their courage and strength to survive, unite, and stay free.


The BIFA 2017 awards will take place Sunday 10 December, 2017, and will be hosted by Award-winning actor and writer Mark Gatiss.

See the full nominations list here.

I Am Not a Witch is in UK cinemas now. Check your local cinema for listings.