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BFI London Film Festival dates announced for 2016

Preview by Jack Foley

THE 60th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® will take place from October 5-16, 2016 in venues across London.

Submissions for both short and feature films are also now open.

In an exciting development for UK film, the 60th edition of the LFF will also see the launch, with the BFI and LFF’s official Time Partner IWC Schaffhausen, of a significant new bursary award to support exceptional new and emerging UK filmmakers.

The bursary award is designed to give the UK’s brightest and best up-and-coming filmmakers the gift of time – a crucial element in the creative process.

The recipient of the award will receive £50,000 from IWC Schaffhausen at a glittering dinner on October 4, the evening before the LFF’s Opening Night.

The award is given with no strings and no deliverables. Instead, it is designed to provide the chosen filmmaker with the freedom to develop – both themselves and their projects – ensuring their future success.

Writers, directors, and writer/directors who identify themselves as British and have a first or second fiction feature film premiering in Official Selection at the BFI London Film Festival will be eligible for the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award in association with the BFI.

Eligible filmmakers will need to submit a 150 word biography, a filmography, a précis of the projects they are developing and a statement setting out how they would use the bursary award to help their future development in film.

All submissions will be assessed by a Shortlisting Panel that will include BFI London Film Festival Director, Clare Stewart, Director of the BFI Lottery Film Fund, Ben Roberts, and a further four senior executives representing the UK film industry, from development and production through to distribution and exhibition.

BFI CEO, Amanda Nevill commented: “So much of what we do is made possible through great partnerships. The BFI London Film Festival is no different – without the support of our long-standing, Principal Partner, American Express®, and of course the fantastic filmmaking teams who trust us to showcase their remarkable work, the festival would not be possible.

“I am really excited about this brand new initiative in partnership with IWC Schaffhausen as it goes to the very heart of the BFI’s determination to find and support tomorrow’s filmmakers.”

She was backed by BFI London Film Festival Director, Clare Stewart and BFI Film Fund Director, Ben Roberts, who said: “Film is a temporal medium and we are thrilled that IWC Schaffhausen’s support will give outstanding filmmakers the time they need to develop great new work.

“This bursary is significant and meaningful for the British industry and amplifies the impact of both the BFI London Film Festival and the BFI Film Fund in supporting and profiling new British talent.”

Submissions for the 2016 BFI London Film Festival are now open. Feature and short films can be submitted through the BFI London Film Festival website with the final deadline for short films on June 10 and features on June 17, 2016.