The 64th British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival took place this October, from the 7th to the 18th.

The London Film Festival is famous for showcasing the best films available worldwide with a variety of over 300 films, documentaries and shorts broadcasted. Due to COVID-19, there were changes to the organisation of the festival this year; BFI adapted to the challenges of the virus, expanding beyond London’s cinemas and including virtual screenings and events.

This year’s screenings were substantially less than previous years, with only 47 films having been screened. This year’s Festival Awards were placed in the hands of the audience. London Film Festival Director Tricia Tuttle says, “We know LFF means too much to both filmmakers and audiences. So how fitting, then, that we put audiences in control of the awards this year with our first Virtual LFF Audience Awards.”

It resulted in the following wins:

Best Film Award to Another Round by Thomas Vinterberg

Best Short Film to Shuttlecock by Tommy Gillard

Best Documentary to The Painter and the Thief by Benjamin Ree

Best XR/Immersive Art to To Miss the Ending by Anna West and David Callanan

IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award (in association with the BFI) is a £50k bursary awarded to an outstanding first or second time UK writer, director or writer-director.

This year it was awarded to Cathy Brady for Wildfire, which premiered at the London Film Festival on the 10th October.

“I’m deeply honoured to receive the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary,” says Brady in an interview. “In a year that has been so turbulent for so many, it feels like a safe harbour and for a first feature filmmaker, the chance to recalibrate, dream and immerse myself in the next project is such an incredible gift. Thank you IWC and BFI.”