Senna won the Best Documentary prize at the British Independent Film Awards in London last night – one of the biggest accolades it has received to date.

It was also nominated for a BIFA for Best Film, but lost out to drama Tyrannosaur.

After collecting the prize writer Manish Pandey headed across the capital to the Autosport Awards, where he picked up the Pioneering and Innovation Award on behalf of the movie.

Attention now turns to the more prestigious BAFTAs.

“The BIFAs are regarded as the forerunners of the BAFTAs, so I think we’ve got a great chance,” Pandey told this blog. “Best Documentary has come back this year, and only three are nominated.”

Unfortunately there will be no Oscar glory as the film was snubbed by the committee who created the shortlist of 15.

“We were obviously disappointed about the Oscars, but that was the committee stage, the members didn’t vote – only 124 people vote for the top 15. They didn’t like us and that’s that. I’m disappointed, because with the wider membership, we had a real chance.”

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