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BFI London Film Festival Awards

The BFI London Film Festival Awards winners will receive the Star of London on the evening of 17 October at the Awards ceremony, when the Festival presents the Best Film Award for inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking; the Sutherland Award for the most original and imaginative directorial debut; and the Grierson Award in partnership with the Grierson Trust, recognising documentaries with integrity, originality and social or cultural significance. This year for the first time we also recognise short film alongside these other competitive strands.

BFI Fellowship: Cate Blanchett

This year’s ceremony will also celebrate the work of actress Cate Blanchett who will receive the BFI Fellowship, the highest accolade the BFI can bestow, for her outstanding contribution o film culture. Her hugely compelling and wide-ranging talent can be seen in her performances in this year’s Festival films: our American Express Gala Carol and our Fellowship Special Presentation Truth.

Official Competition

The best film award recognises inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking.
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First Feature Competition

The Sutherland Award recognises the most original and imaginative directorial debut.
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Documentary Competition

The Grierson Award recognises films with integrity, originality, and social or cultural significance.
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Short Film Award

The Short Film Award recognises short form works with a unique cinematic voice and a confident handling of chosen theme and content. This year’s nominees can be seen within the Festival’s main programme strands or as full collections:

Short Film Award Programme 1
Short Film Award Programme 2

Festival calendar

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