Thursday, October 14, 1999 Published at 14:14 GMT 15:14 UK
Independence day for British film
Gina McKee is one of the nominees for Best British Actress
Jane Horrocks, Gina McKee, Michael Caine and Tim Roth are among the stars in the running for British Independent Film awards.
The ceremony on Thursday, hosted by Gregory's Two Girls star John Gordon Sinclair, will honour the cream of homegrown film-making talent, including trophies for best film, actor/actress, newcomer and director.
Movies on the shortlist include the dance culture film Human Traffic and the cross-cultural coming of age film East Is East.
Tim Roth's directorial debut The War Zone - a harrowing story of abuse - tops the nominations list after being shortlisted for five awards.
A jury of 10 made up of key industry players, including An Ideal Husband actress Sadie Frost and David Thompson from BBC Films, will pick the winners.
To be eligible for consideration, films must not be solely funded by a single studio.
They must also be produced, or majority co-produced by a British company, or in receipt of at least 51% of their budget from a British source.
This is the second year of the awards ceremony and again there seems to be an emphasis on gritty tales of modern life.
All the films in this category see their directors nominated for Best Director.
The Best Newcomer category sees Simon Bowles nominated for Lighthouse - a menacing tale about a prison ship carrying, among others, the most feared man Europe to a remote island jail.
Among those up for Best Actor and Best Actress are Little Voice stars Michael Caine and Jane Horrocks, Gina Mckee for Wonderland and Ray Winstone for The War Zone.
Ken Loach won Best Film and Best Director for his uncomprising My Name is Joe.
As well as British output, the awards also honour independent film-makers overseas working in English and foreign languages.
This year's nominations include Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's All About My Mother.
The awards are part of the Raindance Festival of British Independent Film which runs until 21 October in London.
List of nominees
Best British Film
Best Foreign Film _ English Language
The Douglas Hickox Award
Best Original Screenplay
Best Achievement in Production
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