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The Festival Jury Project

An opportunity for 18-22s to learn how a film jury operates within a festival.

BFI Southbank
Sep 16-Oct 18 (1 day per week), 12:00 PM-8:00 PM

Supported by the BFI Film Academy

An opportunity for 18-22s to learn how a film jury operates within a festival, via viewing and discussing the nominees for this year’s Sutherland Award for best feature debut, including Vivian Qu’s Trap Street (Hong Kong), John Krokidas’s Kill Your Darlings (USA), Fernando Franco’s Wounded (Spain) and Chika Anadu’s B for Boy (Nigeria).

Having viewed all 12 of the nominated films, the young jury (Adam,  Aida, Amelia, Jerome, Muhammad, Chloe, Abby, Daniel, Maisie, Lotti, Sophie, Sarah and Zoe – pictured here) prepared this Jury Statement:

‘After much deliberation and conversation, we as a jury would like to start by awarding the Honourable Mention to ILO ILO. A breath of fresh air from Singaporean cinema, Ilo Ilo had charm and originality not least in the unconventional relationships within the family unit. It was an honest exploration of domestic life, relationships and lifestyle shift amidst financial crisis, giving the film modernity yet offering escapism into a child’s perspective on change. The chemistry between the two protagonists was delightful to watch. In combining light heartedness and moments of poignancy, the film was a confident and immersive debut feature. Congratulations to director Anthony Chen and all involved.

However, our final decision was to award SARAH PRÉFÈRE LA COURSE (‘SARAH PREFERS TO RUN’) as the overall winner. We were particularly impressed with the innovative quirkiness of this film and its distinctive cinematic style. Its originality burst out of its coming of age genre and its intriguing protagonist, runner Sarah, captivated us with her simplicity and determination from the first frame. A remarkable first feature, with a bittersweet ending that resonated with the jury long after the film was finished. Congratulations to director Chloé Robichaud, we look forward to your next feature!’

Free of charge. 10 places only. By application to LFF Education, deadline 9 September.

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