Monday, 19 October 2015

CHEVALIER WINS LFF TOP PRIZE AS WOMEN DOMINATE AWARDS


Saturday was a triumphant occasion for female filmmakers as the BFI London Film Festival (remember that?) wrapped up its official competition, one day prior to Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs closing the festival. Of the four competitive awards, only one was received by a man (whose film's lead is a woman anyway), and the other four winners were all female. To boot, the BFI Fellowship recipient, who was confirmed prior to the festival, was a woman as well: Cate Blanchett, who had been in attendance for the American Express gala premiere of Carol on Wednesday and was also present for Saturday's special presentation premiere of Truth. The success of women at the awards ceremony aligned perfectly with the 59th BFI LFF's theme of strong women. Details below:

Best Film - Official Competition
Chevalier (Athina Rachel Tsangari)

Sutherland Award for Best First Feature
The Witch (Robert Eggers)

Grierson Award for Best Documentary
Sherpa (Jennifer Peedom)

Best Film - Short Film Competition
An Old Dog's Diary (Shumona Goel and Shai Heredia)

BFI Fellowship
Cate Blanchett