Francis Lee, the writer-director of God’s Own Country, documentary producer Simon Chinn, whose credits include the Oscar and Bafta-winning Man On Wire and Searching For Sugarman, and writer-director Rungano Nyoni, whose debut film was I Am Not A Witch, will head the juries of the First Feature Competition, the Documentary Competition and the Short Film Competition respectively at the 62nd BFI London FIlm Festival this month.
They join director Lenny Abrahamson who will preside over this year’s Official Competition.
The remaining jurors are:
Official Competition (Best Film Award): Baz Bamigboye, Emilia Clarke, Dominic Cooper, Cairo Cannon, Gonzalo Maza, Andrea Riseborough.
First Feature Competition (Sutherland Award): Maria Djurkovic, Natalie Dormer, Will Poulter, Inge de Leeuw, Ben Bailey Smith.
Documentary Competition (Grierson Award): Lucy Cohen, Charlie Lyne, Daisy Asquith, Anita Rani.
Short Film Competition (Short Film Award): Ayo Akingbade, Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy, Oliver Sim, Anya Taylor-Joy.
As previously announced, the awards ceremony will take place in a new-look format this year.
Loveless won best film the Official Competition in 2017, while The Wound and Kingdom Of Us also won prizes.
The 2018 festival opens on October 10 with Steve McQueen’s Widows. Jon S. Baird’s Stan & Ollie will close the festival on October 21.