While I expect them to delight in the quality of filmmaking, I do not envy them having to pick a winner from these selections. The BFI London Film Festival has consistently presented an incredible slate of documentary films from around the world and this year is no exception. Richard Lowenstein), A PLEASURE, COMRADES! Rose Glass), THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO (Dir. This year’s Jury Presidents at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival are Wash Westmoreland, Jessica Hausner, Yance Ford and Jacqui Davies. Sue saw true love in her future. The nominated films this year are: Join the conversation and share your picks for the prizes with #LFFAwards ©2020 British Film Institute. Westmoreland is joined by: Jane Crowther, editor of leading UK film magazine Total Film; I, Daniel Blake and Happy New Year, Colin Burstead actor Hayley Squires; last year’s Official Competition-winning director for her film Joy, Sudabeh Mortezai; Game of Thrones actor Lena Headey, whose directorial debut short The Trap features in this year’s programme; and Mohamed Hefzy, an award-winning Egyptian screenwriter and producer with over 30 features to his name including Mohamed Diab’s Clash, which screened in Un Certain Regard at Cannes and in LFF Competition in 2016. The Best Film Award in Official Competition recognises inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking, and includes the following shortlisted titles: Films in Official Competition will be presented at the Vue West End and once again the festival’s beautiful 800-seat purpose-built venue Embankment Garden Cinema will be housed in the tranquil surroundings of Victoria Embankment Gardens. All rights reserved. £4.99; View in iTunes. Venues across the UK. Last year’s awards were a sell-out success when audiences were placed at the heart of the celebrations, with the winning film from each competitive section presented to the public as a surprise screening. Alongside the Galas, Special Presentations and films in Competition, the Festival will show a range of new world cinema in sections Love, Debate, Laugh, Dare, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Create, Experimenta and Family – which provide pathways for audiences to navigate the extensive programme. The 10 films in Official Competition are: Jessica Hausner, First Feature Competition President said: “It is a very exciting and demanding task to award first feature films. First built for the Festival in 2016, this state-of-the-art venue is constructed to the highest technical specifications with raked seating, Christie Digital 4k RGB pure laser-illuminated projection and Dolby® 7.1 surround sound, with audiences and filmmakers alike praising its quality of cinema experience. Wash Westmoreland, Official Competition Jury President said: “In a world of endless reboots and franchises, the BFI London Film Festival is more important than ever, screening original uncompromising movies that showcase brilliant new voices in filmmaking. Caution; HD; Reality TV; 2019; £4.99; View in iTunes. “It is a great honour to be jury president of the First Feature Competition and I am looking forward to sharing this experience with my co-jurors.”. Go to our Britain on Film crowdsourcing site and contribute to our mapping mission – to identify locations within our archive films. Alejandro Landes), THE OTHER LAMB (Ireland-Belgium-USA, dir. Join the BFI today to get priority booking, ticket discounts and more. Jian Luo), FAULT LINE (GOSAL) (Dir. Soheil Amirsharifi), IN VITRO (Dir. The range of films in the Documentary Feature category is remarkable; the creative ambition, and subjects are remarkable and I look forward to viewing each and every frame. It’s a great honor to serve as President of the Jury for the Official Competition. This year, the BFI London Film Festival is all across the UK. José Filipe Costa), WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE WATER AND THE MOON (Dir. 63 Up. Twelve days of UK premieres are available to enjoy online via BFI Player or in cinemas at BFI Southbank, around London, and throughout the UK. The Official Competition jury is led by acclaimed Colette (LFF 2018) and Still Alice director Wash Westmoreland, whose latest film Earthquake Bird screens in this year’s Festival; the First Feature Competition (Sutherland Award) jury will be headed up by Austrian director Jessica Hausner, whose latest film Little Joe also features in this year’s Festival; the Oscar-nominated director of Strong Island, Yance Ford, will lead the jury choosing the winner of the Grierson Award for Best Documentary; and the list is rounded off by award-winning British film producer Jacqui Davies, who will preside over the Short Film Competition jury.
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