Last night, the BFI presented its second annual awards ceremony held at London’s LSO St Luke’s and hosted by Sue Perkins. Best Film was presented to Alexei Popogrebsky for HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER by Patricia Clarkson, Chair of the Best Film Jury. Best British Newcomer went to Clio Barnard, director of THE ARBOR, presented by Andy Serkis. Jon Snow presented the Grierson Award for Best Documentary to Janus Metz for ARMADILLO.
The jury was chaired by Kevin Macdonald. The longstanding Sutherland Award was also presented to Clio Barnard by jurors Michael Winterbottom and Olivia Williams. Legendary director Martin Scorsese delivered a special tribute to the work of the BFI National Archive in its 75th year.
The festival hosted a wide range of industry-related events including Ken Loach’s keynote address, which was as provocative as anticipated. Power to the Pixel returned with the Cross-Media Forum and the Film London Production Finance Market brought together UK and international producers and financiers. It was another successful year for the Education and Children’s programme, with a number of events and talks including The Film Festival Project, free morning film screenings, Masterclasses with leading filmmakers and Q&A’s with screenwriters and directors. The series of seven Filmmakers’ Afternoon Teas saw 54 directors complete a total of 291 interviews with national, regional and international journalists. There were 93 press screenings and a total of 1307 accredited press delegatesattended from 58 countries.
Festival Artistic Director, Sandra Hebron, commented: “ We enjoyed two weeks of outstanding films and live events, generous and insightful film makers, and enthusiastic audiences, so we’re very happy with the reception that this year’s festival has received, and grateful to all our supporters.”