The Times bfi London Film Festival has givenits inaugural Grierson Award to Michael Glawogger for Workingman'sDeath.

The award is presented to the director of the best feature-lengthdocumentary shown at the LFF. Austrian film-maker Glawoggerwill accept the award at a special screening of the film on November 1.

The festival's artistic director Sandra Hebron called Workingman's Death "a harrowing andvisually stunning excursion into the brutal realities of life for manual labourers across the world." She continued, "This is atruly original and thought-provoking documentary and a deserving winner of our inaugural presentation of TheTimes bfi London Film Festival Grierson Award."

The award is given by the Grierson Trust,named for the late Scottish film-maker John Grierson.The Trust also presents the annual British Documentary Awards.

The jury for the prize included Hebron, programmerMichael Hayden and Grierson Trustees Jean Young andLarry Chrisfield.