The British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) has announce that they will be joining forces with Casting Society of America (CSA) to celebrate the Artios Awards in London. Guests at the event, hosted at The London EDITION, will include BIFA’s 2018 most promising newcomers along with CSA special honourary award recipients.
Since 1985, Casting Society of America has been honouring outstanding casting and celebrating excellence in the industry with the annual Artios Awards, with dual ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. In 2019, for the first time, the CSA European Branch will join with BIFA at the Most Promising Newcomer Dinner to present Artios Awards (Artios from the Greek word meaning “Perfectly Fit”) to two outstanding film professionals. Lucinda Syson, CSA, (Wonder Woman, Blade Runner, Mission Impossible) will receive an Artios Award for Excellence in Casting and producer Barbara Broccoli, known for her work as co producer of the James Bond film series as well as recent independent credits including The Rhythm Section, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, and Nancy will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award. This event will take place the same night that the CSA awards will be held in the States.
Nancy Bishop, Head of CSA Europe notes that “We’re honoured to be working with BIFA to make these awards possible in Europe as well as the United States and we see it as part of CSA’s growing international presence across the globe.”
CSA Vice-President Rich Mento added, “Unrivalled creativity, unique vision and professional commitment – these qualities make Lucinda Syson and Barbara Broccoli the perfect honourees for our inaugural ceremony in London. These dynamic women embody the spirit of the Artios Awards, and CSA is thrilled to honour their indispensable contributions to the craft of casting and the global entertainment industry.”
Throughout the year, BIFA hosts dinners for emerging on-and-off camera talent to help further the careers of the promising newcomers identified by BIFA’s hundreds of expert voters. These intimate dinners are attended by industry figureheads hand-picked to offer a range of expertise and spark meaningful, career-making connections for the supremely talented new actors and filmmakers.
BIFA’s Amy Gustin and Deena Wallace note that “We’re delighted to be working with the CSA on their inaugural UK Artios Awards, and look forward to introducing their incredibly influential casting directors to our exceptional new acting talent.”
The 2018 BIFA awards ceremony took place on Sunday 2nd December at Old Billingsgate, marking the 21st anniversary of the awards. For full list of winners please see here.