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Festival awards

Official Competition

The Best Film Award recognises inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking.
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Official Competition jury

First Feature Competition

The Sutherland Award recognises the most original and imaginative directorial debut.
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First Feature Competition jury

Documentary Competition

The Grierson Award recognises films with integrity, originality and social or cultural significance.
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Documentary Competition jury

Best British Newcomer

The Best British Newcomer Award recognises both new and breakthrough British talent across a range of disciplines.
Best British Newcomer jury


The BFI would like to thank Briony Hanson and the British Council for their generous assistance with nominees’ attendance from South Africa, Russia and Nigeria.

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