The Sutherland Trophy Winner: TULPAN directed by Sergey Dvortsevoy.
The Sutherland Trophy is awarded to the director of the most original and imaginative first feature film screened at The Times BFI London Film Festival.
In awarding the trophy, the Sutherland Jury said of the film: “A masterpiece: both intimate and epic, a film full of life and ideas. An extraordinary feat of artistic endeavour in its depiction of man’s interaction with nature, TULPAN has an exhilarating blend of humour, emotion, and audacious visuals.”
Previous winners: PERSEPOLIS 2007, RED ROAD 2006, FOR THE LIVING AND THE DEAD 2005, TARNATION 2004, OSAMA 2003, CARNAGES 2002, THE WARRIOR 2001 and YOU CAN COUNT ON ME 2000, RATCATCHER 1999, THE APPLE 1998.
11th FIPRESCI International Critics Award Winner: THREE BLIND MICE directed by Matthew Newton.
FIPRESCI is the international organisation of film critics throughout the world and has been in existence for over 70 years. It is best known publicly through the participation of its juries at all the major and many specialist international film festivals. FIPRESCI’s sole purpose is to advance the art of cinema and reward talent.
Previous Winners: UNRELATED 2007, LOLA 2006, MAN PUSH CART 2005, AALTRA 2004, THE LIVING WORLD 2003, ANGEL ON THE RIGHT 2002, BOLIVIA 2001, UNEASY RIDERS 2000.
The Times BFI London Film Festival Grierson Award: VICTOIRE TERMINUS directed by Renaud Barret and Florent De La Tullaye.
Now in its fourth year, The Times BFI London Film Festival Grierson Award is given to the director of the best feature-length documentary shown at the Festival.
Previous winners: THE MOSQUITO PROBLEM & OTHER STORIES, THIN 2006, WORKINGMAN’S DEATH 2005.
The 13th Annual Satyajit Ray Award: MID-AUGUST LUNCH directed by Gianni di Gregorio.
Honourable mentions went to SHIFTY (directed by Eran Creevy) and RAMCHAND PAKISTANI (directed by Mehreen Jabbar).
The Satyajit Ray Foundation gives an annual award to a first feature, premiered in the UK at The Times BFI London Film Festival, which reflects the artistry, compassion and humanity of Ray’s own work.
Previous winners include: CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ (ENDLESS) 2007, THE LIVES OF OTHERS 2006, PAVEE LAKEEN 2005, THE WOODSMAN 2004, SOMEONE LIKE HODDER 2003, RACHIDA 2002, IN THE BEDROOM 2001, UNEASY RIDERS 2000, BOYS DON’T CRY 1999, SMOKE SIGNALS 1998.
TCM Short Film Award Winner: LEAVING directed by Richard Penfold and Sam Hearn.
On Wednesday night, LEAVING was announced as Best Short Film at the TCM Classic Shorts competition at an award ceremony held as part of The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival. The film was selected from hundreds of entries from Europe, the Middle East and Africa by a judging panel of film industry heavyweights including: Rutger Hauer, Wolfgang Peterson, Cillian Murphy, Stephen Woolley, James Franco and Jason Isaacs.
Previous Winners include: A BOUT DE TRUFFE 2007, SILENCE IS GOLDEN 2006, JANE LLOYD 2005, NITS 2004, BROWN PAPER BAG 2003, THESPIAN X 2002, ABOUT A GIRL 2001, JE T’AIME JOHN WAYNE 2000