On the eve of the opening of the BFI London Film Festival, luminaries from the worlds of film, music, fashion and culture joined forces to celebrate another year of outstanding film and honour emerging British talent.
Many high-profile celebrities were in attendance to kick off the 61st London Film Festival with Michelle Dockery, Patrick Stewart, Baz Luhrman and Wes Anderson all walking the red carpet at London’s Guildhall.
During the Gala Dinner, which saw performances from Birdy and special guest speaker, Tilda Swinton, three shortlisted UK filmmakers whose first feature films are debuting at the Film Festival, were honoured, with Daniel Kokotajlo announced by Tom Hooper as the winner of the 2017 IWC Filmmaker Bursary Award in association with the BFI.
The IWC Filmmaker Bursary Award is given in recognition of outstanding British talent and is designed to support a writer and /or director at the beginning of their career, bringing them the financial stability and time needed to develop their creativity. At GBP 50,000 the Bursary is the most significant of its kind in the UK film industry.
This year, Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper joined the judging panel to select Daniel Kokotajlo as the winner, with his film APOSTASY. Runners up, Michael Pearce, with his film BEAST and Rungano Nyoni with her film I AM NOT A WITCH, were also celebrated ahead of their London Film Festival debuts.
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