Magazine article Screen International

BFI to Give Fellowship Awards to David Cronenberg, Ralph Fiennes

Magazine article Screen International

BFI to Give Fellowship Awards to David Cronenberg, Ralph Fiennes

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Jurors across LFF prizes include John Madden, Sam Taylor Wood, Andrew Eaton, Andy Harries, and Anne-Marie Duff.

The 55th BFI London Film Festival will give its highest honour, the BFI Fellowship, to David Cronenberg, director of A Dangerous Method, and Ralph Fiennes [pictured], director of Coriolanus, as part of this year's LFF awards ceremony on Oct 26.

David Cronenberg said: "This is a monumental, in fact overwhelming, honour, and my being the first Canadian to receive it makes it all the sweeter.British cinema has been a potent inspiration for me, and to be associated with this particular group of filmmakers is tremendously exhilarating."

Fiennes added: "I'm extremely honoured and delighted to be given this fellowship by the BFI."

The festival has also announced its jurors and awards shortlists for the 2011 edition.

The jury for the Best Film Award, presented in partnership with American Express, will include director John Madden, actress Gillian Anderson, director Asif Kapadia, producer Tracey Seaward, writer Andrew O'Hagan and artist/filmmaker Sam Taylor Wood.

Festival organisers have shortlisted the following films for Best Film:

360, Fernando Meirelles (UK/Austria/France/Brazil)

The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius (France)

The Deep Blue Sea, Terence Davies (UK)

The Descendants, Alexander Payne (US)

Faust, Aleksandr Sukurov (Russia)

The Kid With A Bike, Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne (Belgium/France/Italy)

Shame, Steve McQueen (UK)

Trishna, Michael Winterbottom (UK)

We Need To Talk About Kevin, Lynne Ramsay (UK/US)

The jury for Best British Newcomer will include Anne-Marie Duff, Tom Hollander, Nik Powell, Andy Harries, Edith Bowman and Stephen Woolley.

The shortlist for Best British Newcomer is:

Nick Murphy, director, The Awakening

Tinge Krishnan, director, Junkhearts

Candese Reid, actress, Junkhearts

Nirpal Bhogal, writer/director, Sket

Aimee Kelly, actress, Sket

Tom Cullen, actor, Weekend

Chris New, actor, Weekend

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