The 59th BFI London Film Festival (LFF) has announced the names that will make up this year’s Official Competition Jury. The President of the Official Competition Jury will be three-time BAFTA winner and LFF Best Film prize winner Pawel Pawlikowski (“Ida”).
“It is an honour to be Jury President for the BFI London Film Festival this year, especially as my last film ‘Ida’ won the Best Film Award in 2013 at the very beginning of its journey,” said the director.
Pawlikowski will be joined by producer Christine Vachon (“Carol,” “Far From Heaven”), director Mabel Cheung (“A Tale of Three Cities”) and BAFTA-winning actors Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years A Slave”) and Kristen Scott Thomas (“The English Patient”). Some of the titles playing in competition this year include “Beasts of No Nation,” “Room,” “The Lobster,” “Tangerine,” “Office” and “Evolution.”
The annual Awards Ceremony prizes will be presented on October 17 for the Festival’s competitive sections. Each of these award sections is open to international and British films. The award categories are:
Best Film Award, presented to the winner of the Official Competition.
Sutherland Award, presented to the winner of the First Feature Competition.
Grierson Award, presented to the winning film in the Doc Competition.
Short Film Award, presented to one of a shortlist of 12 films selected from across the program.
The 59th BFI London Film Festival will run from October 7-15. The full program and more information can be found at BFI website.