The BFI has announced the date for this year’s London Film Festival, along with one exciting development for British filmmakers. In partnership with IWC Schaffhausen, LFF will award the Bursary Award to one outstanding new UK filmmaker with £50,000 worth of freedom to develop their career as they deem fit, in addition to premiering their film during the festival’s run.
Those interested in being eligible for the Bursary Award will have to submit a 150 word biography, a filmography, a synopsis of the projects they are developing and pitch why they need £50,000 to benefit their film future’s development. Shorts and features should be submitted through the BFI London Film Festival website by June 10 and 17, respectively.
Festival Director Clare Stewart and Director of the BFI Lottery Film Fund Ben Roberts, along with four other senior executives who have not been announced yet, will determine a shortlist of favorites to win the award. That list will then be cut down to the winner by a panel including BFI CEO Amanda Nevill, IWC Schaffhausen CEO Georges Kern and one crucial member of the UK film industry who also has not yet been named.
Of the newly announced award, BFI CEO Amanda Nevill said, “So much of what we do is made possible through great partnerships. The BFI London Film Festival is no different – without the support of our long-standing, Principal Partner, American Express, and of course the fantastic filmmaking teams who trust us to showcase their remarkable work, the festival would not be possible. I am really excited about this brand new initiative in partnership with IWC Schaffhausen as it goes to the very heart of the BFI’s determination to find and support tomorrow’s filmmakers.”
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Last year’s LFF saw the European premiere of Sarah Gavron’s “Suffragette,” a Global Symposium on Gender in Media hosted by Geena Davis, the European premiere of Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs” and allowed the attendance of 164,000 UK occupants across 568 screenings in 16 London venues and cinecasts to 45 venues across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The BFI is hopeful that this year’s LFF will produced greater statistics thanks to its partnership with IWC and their shared commitment to helping aspiring British filmmakers find longevity in the UK film industry.