Fostering, promoting and celebrating independent filmmaking in the UK

"I think that anything that provides a source of support or provides opportunities for independent films is incredibly worthwhile. In an industry that sometimes seems like all the doors are closed, any help that can be provided to independent filmmakers is great."

Joe Oppenheimer
Development Producer, BBC -
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, My Summer of Love, Eastern Promises

"I am honoured to be patron to the Independent Film Trust with its aim to promote the careers and projects of emerging filmmakers who might otherwise have a much more difficult time bringing their work to the forefront of the industry, more so than other independent filmmakers."

Tim Roth
Actor -
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Reservoir Dogs, The Legend of 1900, Youth without Youth

"The independent film sector contains very many talented people who need help to learn and advance their craft. This is what the Independent Film Trust has been set up to do."

Ray Winstone
Actor -
Nil by Mouth, Sexy Beast, The Proposition, The Departed


On location on Skye at the filming of The Inheritance, the winner of the 2007 Raindance Award for Outstanding Achievement



The first IFT/Raindance Training Scholarship was jointly awarded to director Charles-Henri Belleville and writer/producer/actor Tim Barrow for The Inheritance, seen here being filmed on Skye.




"With the support of the Independent Film Trust, the BIFAs and Raindance have become part of the landscape of British Cinema. It's hard to believe that they were set up only 15 years ago. They are two of the most important champions of independent cinema in Britain."

Michael Winterbottom
Director -
24 Hour Party People, A Cock and Bull Story, The Road to Guantanamo

"We have in the UK so many talented, established and perhaps most importantly emerging young filmmakers. It is towards the latter that the Independent Film Trust is perhaps of most use. It is the independent sector on which we all need to concentrate and, therefore, I wish the IFT every possible success and I offer them my full support."

David Suchet
Actor - The Queen, The Bank Job, Flood, Maxwell, Agatha Christie’s Poirot

"Most new filmmakers need support in order to develop their talent and share it with the world. The Independent Film Trust exists in order to ease that process."

Michael Caton-Jones
Director - Shooting Dogs, Memphis Belle, The Jackal


BIFA Patrons:
Mike Figgis, Tom Hollander, Adrian Lester, Ken Loach, Ewan McGregor, Samantha Morton, Bill Nighy, Trudie Styler, Tilda Swinton, Meera Syal, Ray Winstone, Michael Winterbottom

Raindance Film Festival Patrons:

Nick Broomfield, Jonathan Caouette, Henrik Danstrup, Mike Figgis, Terry Gilliam, Ken Loach, Dave McKean, Martin Myers, Alan Parker, Jonathan Pryce, Marky Ramone, Vanessa Redgrave

IFT Patrons:

Nick Broomfield, Michael Caton-Jones, Terence Davies, Faye Dunaway, Bill Forsyth, Kurt Hoffman, Mike Leigh, Sean McCartney, Samantha Morton, Alan Parker, Tim Roth


The IFT supports the British Independent Film Awards and the Raindance Film Festival

© Independent Film Trust 2007