Fresh to see No time to die – which she co-wrote – have their scintillating world premiere in London earlier this week, Phoebe Waller-Bridge has now joined the BFI London Film Festival.
The Chip bag The creator is expected to chair the jury for the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Prize and will team up with British Film Institute CEO Ben Roberts to choose the winner of the 50,000-pound ($ 67,000) prize. The three filmmakers competing this year are Lee Haven Jones, director of the first feature film. Celebration; Harry Wootliff, the Only you writer-director in town with her second feature film Real things; and Rob Savage, director of last year’s pandemic-themed horror hit Host who is showing his second feature film, Dash Cam.
The London Film Festival also unveiled the juries of its own set of competitions.
MaÅgorzata Szumowska, the Polish director of Assault and last year’s LFF title Never snow again, will chair the competition’s official jury, alongside film critic Jessica Kiang, Emmy-winning casting director Nina Gold (The crown, Game Of Thrones), nominated for the BAFTA After Love director Aleem Khan and multi-award winning director Mark Cousins, known for his prolific documentaries including The first movie and The eyes of Orson Welles.
The official selection for this year’s competition includes Beautiful, He Buco, God’s hand, Nitrame, Take the road, To sleep, Real things and Lingui, the sacred bonds.
For the first feature film competition – also known as the Sutherland Award – the jury is headed by Isabel Sandoval (Lingua franca, Aparisyon), who joins Welsh director Prano Bailey-Bond (Bad, Censor), Little white lies‘Associate Editor Hannah Strong, Real actor-director Aki Omoshaybi and British actor Nabhaan Rizwan (Mughal Mowgli, 1917, Last letter from your lover).
Elsewhere, the jury for the festival’s short film competition is overseen by Rose Glass, the breakout director of A24 horror. Holy maud, Kim Longinotto (Beautiful sisters, Pink saris) will lead the jury for the documentary competition, and Felix Barrett, founder of the Punchdrunk theater company and producer of The third day, will chair the jury of the immersive art competition and XR.
The London Film Festival runs from October 6 to 17.