BFI Future Film Awards

Announcing the 2020 award winners across 10 categories of the BFI Future Film Festival awards.

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21 February

And the winners are….!

DUO - Simona Mehandzhieva wins Best New Talent: Animation
MOTHERLAND - Tracey Lopes & Alicia Quayson wins Best New Talent: Documentary
OLD FRIENDS - Ben Hector wins Best Writer
IN PASSING - Esther Cheung wins Best Non-Narrative Film, supported by Black Dog
PAIRED UP - Charlotte Regan wins Best Director, supported by TikTok
CANCEL - Sebastian Micci wins Best International Short, supported by The London School Of English
ONE FRAME PER RAID SIREN - Khaled Moeit wins Best International Short: Special Mention, supported by The London School Of English
HOME ON THE ROAD - Miha Verdonik wins Best 16-18 Short Film Award, supported by The Chapman Charitable Trust
ALL THE KING'S MEN - Amber Little wins Best 19-25 Short Film Award, supported by The Chapman Charitable Trust
VIRGINIA - Francesco Puppini wins Future Film Lab Award, supported by LaCie

14 January

Congratulations to all our nominated filmmakers! Join us at the BFI Future Film Festival Awards on Thursday 20th February when we will announce the winners in the following categories:

–  Best 16-18 Short Film Award supported by the Chapman Charitable Trust
–  Best 19-25 Short Film Award supported by the Chapman Charitable Trust
–  Future Film Lab Award supported by LaCie
–  Best New Talent: Animation
–  Best New Talent: Documentary
–  Best Writer
–  Best Director supported by TikTok
–  Best International Short Awards supported by the London School of English
–  Best Non-Narrative Film supported by Black Dog

We are delighted to announce that this year the winners in the categories of Future Film Lab Award, Best Short Film 16-18 and Best Short Film 19-25 will be chosen by a competition Jury.

The Festival jury will be chaired by Sarah Gavron (Director, Suffragette, Rocks). Sarah will be joined by Ncuti Gatwa (Actor, Sex Education), Aki Omoshaybi (Director, Real), Jess Loveland (Head of BFI Network), Annabel Jones (Producer, Black Mirror) and Joyce Reuben (The Reuben Foundation).

Jury chair Sarah Gavron said:
I am thrilled to chair the jury for this year’s BFI Future Film Festival Awards, and look forward to discovering new and exciting work by talented young filmmakers from around the globe. The Awards offer those who are at the beginning of their creative journey a unique opportunity to develop their raw talent and passion, not only with the help of prize money and new camera kit, but also through a year of expert mentorship and technical support from the BFI and wider industry partners. I’m looking forward to the challenge of selecting the Award winners from a shortlist of incredible talent, and can’t wait to see what the future holds for all the young filmmakers who attend the BFI Future Film Festival, a vital Festival in the UK film industry calendar.

Awards Ceremony host

This year’s Awards Ceremony will be hosted by Ali Plumb.

Ali Plumb is a writer, journalist, broadcaster and one of the most-heard movie critics in the UK. A five-year Empire Magazine veteran and former Digital Spy Movies Editor, Ali is now BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra's in-house Film Critic, appearing weekly on Greg James' Breakfast Show and Nick Grimshaw's Drivetime show.

His iPlayer interview series Movies With Ali Plumb sees him speaking to A-listers such as Jennifer Lawrence, Steven Spielberg, Emma Stone and Tom Cruise, with numbers on YouTube hitting as high as the nine-million mark. He's hosted press conferences for blockbusters like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Guardians Of The Galaxy, as well as Q&As and fan events with the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and John Boyega.

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