The 59th Annual BFI London Film Festival has just announced the juries that will decide the winners of the First Feature, Documentary and Short Film awards this year. The list includes: Director/screenwriter Desiree Akhavan, documentary filmmaker Mark Cousins and Academy Award nominee and BAFTA-winner Daisy Jacobs, who join the already-announced jury member, Academy Award-winning director, Pawel Pawlikowski.
The slew of UK film industry professionals have been chosen out of dozens of figures who represented not only the cinematic arts, but also of the theater, music and performing arts world. The aim of the BFI is to expand the UK film industry’s impact with its unique relationship with the other cultural communities within London.
Akhavan will preside over the First Feature Competition jury, joined by Clio Barnard, James Kent, Allen Leech and Kate Muir.
Cousins is tasked with leading the Documentary Competition jury, which also includes Brian Woods, Charlie Phillips, Alex Cooke, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.
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Jacobs will take the lead on the Short Film Competition jury, which includes Shezad Dawood, Will Massa, Tom Green and Runa Islam.
Musician and presenter Jarvis Cocker will host the Awards Ceremony on Saturday October 17, at Banqueting House, London.
Of the news, Cocker said, “having served on the jury back in 2009, it is a great pleasure and honour to be invited back to host the 59th BFI London Film Festival Awards. This year’s selection may very well be the most wide-ranging yet – I will be working on my pronunciation skills as we have films from over 38 countries in the competition. It is sure to be a very memorable evening – now, if only I could remember who I lent my dinner suit to…”