Andrea Arnold Leads The Jurors For 61st BFI London Film Festival

Andrea Arnold Leads The Jurors For 61st BFI London Film Festival

We’re only days away from the 61st BFI London Film Festival and today the festival announced it’s jury for this year’s festival. American Honey director  Andrea Arnold is the president of the juror taking charge of the official competition. A jury that will include Dunkirk/Inception producer Emma Thomas, actors Eric Bana and Lily Cole. Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Babak Anvari, BFI Black Star programmer Ashley Clark and Russian Filmmaker, Moscow Film School head Alexei Popogrebsky. They take charge of the Best Film Category (details below of nominees).

For First Film Feature category, Producer Melissa Parmenter will head the jury, a jury that consists of Kaleem Aftab,(hello to) Jason Isaacs, Isaac Julien and Helen McCrory (Harry Potter franchise).Short Film Feature will be presided by The Red Turtle‘s Michael Dudok De Wit with a jury including Simran Hans, Afolabi Kuti, William Oldroyd and Chloe Pirrie. Searching For A Sugar Man producer John Battsek will preside the Documentary Features alongside Paul Dosaj, Liesel Evans, James Hall, Edward Lovelace and Norma Percy.

Here are the nominees for each category…

The Best Film Award recognises inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking. The Official Competition films are:

Robin Campillo, 120 BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE)
Vivian Qu, ANGELS WEAR WHITE
Majid Majidi, BEYOND THE CLOUDS (World Premiere)
Nora Twomey, THE BREADWINNER (European Premiere)
Juliana Rojas, Marco Dutra, GOOD MANNERS
Xavier Beauvois, THE GUARDIANS (European Premiere)
Andrew Haigh, LEAN ON PETE
Andrey Zvyagintsev, LOVELESS
Azazel Jacobs, THE LOVERS (European Premiere)
Warwick Thornton, SWEET COUNTRY
Cory Finley, THOROUGHBREDS (International Premiere)
Annemarie Jacir, WAJIB

Titles in consideration for the Sutherland Award in the First Feature Competition recognising an original and imaginative directorial debut are:

Daniel Kokotajlo, APOSTASY
Léa Mysius, AVA
Michael Pearce, BEAST (European Premiere)
Ofir Raul Graizer, THE CAKEMAKER
Gilles Coulier, CARGO
Kogonada, COLUMBUS
Rungano Nyoni, I AM NOT A WITCH
Léonor Serraille, JEUNE FEMME
Ana Asensio, MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND
Carla Simón, SUMMER 1993
Hlynur Pálmason, WINTER BROTHERS
John Trengove, THE WOUND

The Grierson Award for films in the Documentary Competition category recognises cinematic documentaries with integrity, originality, and social or cultural significance. This year‘s nominated documentaries are:-

Maryam Goormaghtigh, BEFORE SUMMER ENDS
Elvira Lind, BOBBI JENE
Arash Kamali Sarvestani, Behrouz Boochani, CHAUKA, PLEASE TELL US THE TIME (International Premiere)
Radu Jude, THE DEAD NATION
Shevaun Mizrahi, DISTANT CONSTELLATION
Frederick Wiseman, EX LIBRIS – THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Agnès Varda, JR, FACES PLACES
Austin Lynch, Matthew Booth, GRAY HOUSE
Brett Morgen, JANE (European Premiere)
Lucy Cohen, KINGDOM OF US (World Premiere)
Emmanuel Gras, MAKALA
Sonia Kronlund, THE PRINCE OF NOTHINGWOOD

The Short Film Award recognises short form works with a unique cinematic voice and a confident handling of chosen theme and content. This year the Festival’s Short Film nominees are:

Gabriel Abrantes, THE ARTIFICIAL HUMORS
Phil Collins, DELETE BEACH
Billie Pleffer, FYSH (International Premiere)
Anna Cazenave Cambet, GABBER LOVER
Karishma Dube, GODDESS
Aegina Brahim, LAWS OF THE GAME
Jonathan Vinel, MARTIN CRIES
Patrick Bresnan THE RABBIT HUNT
Moin Hussain, REAL GODS REQUIRE BLOOD
Kibwe Tavares, ROBOT & SCARECROW
Kazik Radwanski, SCAFFOLD
Harry Lighton, WREN BOYS (World Premiere)

The Awards ceremony, hosted this year by James Nesbitt and will take place on Saturday 14 October at The Banqueting House. As previously announced, this year’s BFI Fellowship will be presented to BAFTA award-winning director, producer, screenwriter and former broadcast journalist, Paul Greengrass.

The 61st BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express®  will run from 4 – 15 October 2017.

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