59th BFI London Film Festival 2015 Award Winners

by uk team
The 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express announced this year’s festival awards’ winners at a ceremony at Banqueting House, Whitehall, hosted by musician and broadcaster Jarvis Cocker.
Official Competition Winner – Best Film: Chevalier, dir. Athina Rachel Tsangari  (also, Associate Producer for the acclaimed Dogtooth and Co-Producer for Before Midnight)
Chevalier marked the return of Athina Rachel Tsangari to the director’s chair, in what was a festival that really did celebrate female filmmakers. Chevalier was the first film for Tsangari since Attenberg back in 2010 and it is great to see her back.
Pawel Pawlikowski, whose film Ida won the Best Film prize back in 2013 was president of the Official Competition jury this year and heaped praise on the film, saying:
“Chevalier is a study of male antagonism seen through the eyes of a brave and original filmmaker. With great formal rigour and irresistible wit, Athena Rachel Tsangari has managed to make a film that is both a hilarious comedy and a deeply disturbing statement on the condition of western humanity”.
The Witch-1

“The Witch”



First Feature Competition Winner – Sutherland Award: The Witch, dir. Robert Eggers  – first wowed the audience & critics alike at the Sundance Film Festival back in January.
Documentary Competition Winner – Grierson Award: Sherpa, dir. Jennifer Peedom
An old dog's diary

“An Old Dog’s Diary”

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett

Short Film Competition Winner – Best Short Film Award: An Old Dog’s Diary, dir. Shai Heredia and Shumona Goel  – a portrait of Indian avant-garde painter Francis Newton Souza, revealing the cultural conditions for his work and its eventual eventual institutionalisation.
Cate Blanchett received the BFI Fellowship, presented by Ian McKellen. Blanchett was given the award on Saturday, the highest the BFI can bestow, for her outstanding contribution to film. She earlier attended the premiere of her latest film “Truth” at the London Film Festival.
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