Organisers of this year’s London Film Festival have announced the juries who for the 2012 Festival Awards which take place on Saturday 20th October 2012.
The 56th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express gets under way today, offering film lovers almost 2 weeks of screenings.
In addition, the Festival Awards will recognise the best films in each of the themed strands being shown. The ceremony will also see Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton presented with the BFI’s highest honour, the BFI Fellowship.
Awards, contenders and judges:
The headline Best Film Award, presented in partnership with the Festival’s principal partner American Express, recognises inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking.
President of the Best Film Jury is the highly garnered screenwriter, playwright, film and theatre director, Sir David Hare, and his fellow jurors are influential veteran Hong Kong film producer Nansun Shi, renowned Argentine director Pablo Trapero, Victoria Pearman, producer of Crossfire Hurricane and President of Jagged films and the young and talented British actress Romola Garai.
The Official Competition selection is:
After Lucia, Michel Franco, Mexico
End of Watch, David Ayer, USA
EVERYDAY, Michael Winterbottom, UK
Fill The Void, Rama Burshtein, Israel
Ginger and Rosa, Sally Potter, UK
In the House, François Ozon, France
It Was The Son, Daniele Ciprì, Italy/France
Lore, Cate Shortland, Germany/Australia/UK Midnight’s Children, Deepa Mehta, Canada/UK
No, Pablo Larraín, Chile/USA/Mexico
Rust and Bone, Jacques Audiard, France/Belgium
Seven Psychopaths, Martin McDonagh, USA/UK
The Sutherland Award has been recognising original and imaginative feature debut directing talent since 1958. Presiding over the jury for this illustrious award is journalist and former director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Hannah McGill and her fellow jurors comprise award-winning novelist, Sebastian Faulks CBE, Emmy and BAFTA-winning filmmaker David Yates, BAFTA award-winning producer of Warp Films, Robin Gutch, and stage and screen actress Louise Brealey.
The First Feature competition selection is:
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin, USA
Clip, Maja Miloš, Serbia
The Comedian, Tom Shkolnik, UK
Eat Sleep Die, Gabriela Pichler, Sweden
My Brother The Devil, Sally EI Hosaini, UK
Neighbouring Sounds, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Brazil
The Samurai that Night, Masaaki Akahori, Japan Shell, Scott Graham, UK
Ship of Theseus, Anand Gandhi, India
Sleeper’s Wake, Barry Berk, South Africa
Tomorrow, Andrey Gryazev, Russia
Wadjda, Haifaa Al Mansour, Saudi Arabia/Germany
The Grierson Award for Best Documentary, presented in partnership with the Grierson Trust, recognises films with integrity, originality, and social or cultural significance. The jury is presided over by BAFTA-winning documentary filmmaker Roger Graef who is joined by the multi award-winning, fearless foreign correspondent and world affairs editor John Simpson, vice chairman of the Grierson Trust Emma Hindley, Head of Documentary Commissioning at the BBC, Charlotte Moore and award-winning documentary filmmaker Morgan Matthews.
The Documentary Competition selection is:
Beware of Mr. Baker, Jay Bulger, USA/South Africa
Canned Dreams, Katja Gauriloff, Finland
The Central Park Five, Ken Burns, David McMahon, Sarah Burns, USA
The Ethnographer, Ulises Rosell, Argentina
For No Good Reason, Charlie Paul, UK
Free Angela and All Political Prisoners, Shola Lynch, USA/France
Les Invisibles, Sébastien Lifshitz, France
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Alex Gibney, USA/Ireland
The Summit, Nick Ryan, Ireland/Switzerland
Turned Towards The Sun, Greg Olliver, UK/France/Germany
Village at the End of the World, Sarah Gavron, UK/Denmark/Greenland
West of Memphis, Amy Berg, USA
The Best British Newcomer Award is presented in partnership with Swarovski and recognises new British talent, this year highlighting accomplishments in writing, directing and acting. Jury president is BAFTA-winning producer David Heyman and fellow jurors include acclaimed actor Tom Hiddleston, award-winning actress Olivia Colman, celebrated author Kazuo Ishiguro, and BAFTA-winning director Eran Creevy.
The Best British Newcomer selection is:
Fady Elsayed, Actor, MY BROTHER THE DEVIL
Sally EI Hosaini, Director/Screenwriter, MY BROTHER THE DEVIL
Rufus Norris, Director, BROKEN
Eloise Laurence, Actor, BROKEN
Chloe Pirrie, Actor, SHELL
Scott Graham, Director/Screenwriter, SHELL
Tom Shkolnik, Director/Screenwriter, THE COMEDIAN
Rowan Athale, Director/Screenwriter, WASTELAND