The British drama, about the welfare system in the U.K., has been nominated for Best British Independent Film, Best Director for Loach, Best Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Actor for Hayley Squires and Dave Johns, who will compete against each other for Most Promising Newcomer.

It is closely followed by American Honey, Notes on Blindness and Under the Shadow, which all have six nominations, including Best British Independent Film, a category which also includes Couple in a Hole.

Adult Life Skills also achieved six mentions, while zombie thriller The Girl With All the Gifts has four.

Best International Independent Film looks set to be a battle between some film festival favourites including Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight, Toni Erdmann, and Mustang and Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

Notable nominations for Best Actress include American Honey's Sasha Lane while her co-star Shia LaBeouf is up for the Best Actor prize against the likes of Michael Fassbender for Trespass Against Us.

Our Kind of Traitor's Naomie Harris, The Girl With All the Gifts' Gemma Arterton and A United Kingdom's Terry Pheto will compete for Best Supporting Actress while Anthropoid's Jamie Dornan, I Am Not a Serial Killer's Christopher Lloyd and Trespass Against Us' Sean Harris are shortlisted for the male equivalent.

The winners will be announced on 4 December (16) at Old Billingsgate in London.

The main nominees are as follows:

Best British Independent Film:

American Honey

Couple in a Hole

I, Daniel Blake

Notes on Blindness

Under the Shadow

Best International Independent Film:

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Mustang

Toni Erdmann

Best Director:

Andrea Arnold, American Honey

Babak Anvari, Under the Shadow

Ben Wheatley, Free Fire

Ken Loach, I, Daniel Blake

Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Notes on Blindness

Best Screenplay:

Andrea Arnold, American Honey

Babak Anvari, Under the Shadow

Billy O'Brien, Christopher Hyde, I Am Not a Serial Killer

Paul Laverty, I, Daniel Blake

Rachel Tunnard, Adult Life Skills

Best Actress:

Hayley Squires, I, Daniel Blake

Jodie Whittaker, Adult Life Skills

Kate DICkie, Couple in a Hole

Narges Rashidi, Under the Shadow

Sasha Lane, American Honey

Best Actor:

Dave Johns, I, Daniel Blake

Max Records, I Am Not a Serial Killer

Michael Fassbender, Trespass Against Us

Shia LaBeouf, American Honey

Steve Brandon, My Feral Heart

Best Supporting Actress:

Avin Manshadi, Under the Shadow

Gemma Arterton, The Girl With All the Gifts

Naomie Harris, Our Kind of Traitor

Shana Swash, My Feral Heart

Terry Pheto, A United Kingdom

Best Supporting Actor:

Arinze Kene, The Pass

Brett Goldstein, Adult Life Skills

Christopher Lloyd, I Am Not a Serial Killer

Jamie Dornan, Anthropoid

Sean Harris, Trespass Against Us

Most Promising Newcomer:

Dave Johns, I, Daniel Blake

Hayley Squires, I, Daniel Blake

Letitia Wright, Urban Hymn

Sennia Nanua, The Girl With All the Gifts

Steve Brandon, My Feral Heart

Best Documentary:

The Confession: Living the War on Terror

Dancer

The Hard Stop

Notes on Blindness

Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach

The Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director):

Adam Smith, Trespass Against Us

Alice Lowe, Prevenge

Babak Anvari, Under the Shadow

Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Notes on Blindness

Rachel Tunnard, Adult Life Skills