The 58th BFI London Film Festival has announced the juries for this year’s festival, with BFI fellow and former chair Jeremy Thomas serving as official competition jury president. Producer Luc Roeg, writer, director and producer Sophie Fiennes and producer Finola Dwyer will preside over the First Feature, Documentary and Best British Newcomer juries respectively.
The BFI London Film Festival’s headline gala presents high-profile films in the lead-up to awards season, while the official competition section provides a platform for films to make their mark in the U.K. and internationally.
The annual awards ceremony will take place Oct. 18, with the best film award, the Southerland award and the Grierson award presented to winners of the official competition, the First Feature competition and the Documentary competition, respectively. The Best British Newcomer award will also be presented to the most accomplished new acting, writing, directing or producing talent, and the BFI Fellowship will be announced ahead of the festival.
Additional jurors and presenters for the festival include Sally Hawkins, Lorna Tee, James McAvoy, Variety‘s Scott Foundas, Ahmad Abdalla, Ian Hart, Hermione Norris, Xavier Marchand, Ben Rivers, Roy Ackerman, Nick Fraser, Oli Harbottle, Penny Woolcock, Monica Ali, James Corden, Dexter Fletcher and Matt Greenhalgh.
The festival has added ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” to the LOVE section. James McAvoy will be joined by writer and director Ned Benson at the premiere Oct. 17 at the Odeon West End.
The 58th BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express, runs from Oct. 8-19.