Best British feature will include docs

The Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival has reinstated several major awards, including best international feature by an emerging director, the Michael Powell Award for best British feature and best performance in a British feature, that were dropped for the 2011 edition.

The Michael Powell Award, which honors the best film selected from the British Gala section, will be extended to include documentaries. The international feature kudo for an emerging director will also be open to docs.

Both the British and international competition sections will be judged by international juries.

Eligibility for the awards will be at new artistic director Chris Fujiwara’s discretion; it will also be possible for international and British features to screen as part of the program but out of competition.

Fujiwara said in a statement, “I am delighted to re-introduce these awards for the festival this year and am pleased to give both documentary and fiction films the opportunity to win the awards.

“I feel very strongly that having noteworthy awards is important for an international film festival. Awards can stimulate creative dialogue and above all help shine the spotlight on emerging talent, which is part of the mission of EIFF.”

The fest runs June 20 to July 1.

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