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Award nominations announced for BFI Future Film Festival 2024

Feb 1, 2024

  • BFI Future Film Festival 2024 takes place in-venue at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, online globally for free, and in cinemas UK-wide from 15-18 February for filmmakers aged 16-25.
  • In-person events programme at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX includes a Hot Spot session with screenwriter and producer Jesse Armstrong (Succession, Peep Show).
  • Award-nominees across nine categories will be in the running for ten prizes with money totalling more than £18,000 and further mentorships from industry leaders.
  • The BFI Future Film Festival Awards 2024 will take place at BFI Southbank on Sunday 18 February, live streamed on the BFI YouTube channel.
  • All fifty-five short films in the programme will be available to watch globally, for free, on the BFI YouTube channel, as well as at BFI Southbank.

The BFI has announced the award nominations for the programme of fifty-five short films that have been selected to screen as part of the BFI Future Film Festival 2024, the UK’s largest festival for young, emerging filmmakers which returns from 15 – 18 February at BFI Southbank, online and in cinemas UK-wide.

Every film in this year’s festival was eligible for the BFI Future Film Festival Awards 2024, supported by Netflix. Three of the ten awards, Best Film, Best Director and Best New Talent (which looks for the filmmaker who shows the most promise), will be judged by the BFI’s esteemed Festival Jury, who will be announced soon. Nominees across nine award categories will be in the running for ten prizes with money totalling more than £18,000, BFI Player subscriptions and further mentorships from industry leaders. The winners will be revealed at the BFI Future Film Festival 2023 Awards Ceremony, which will take place in person on Sunday 18 February at BFI Southbank and livestreamed on the BFI YouTube channel.

The BFI Future Film Festival 2024 maintains a tradition of live and in-person screenings and events at BFI Southbank alongside a globally accessible online programme, kindly supported by main sponsor Netflix, and for the first time a UK-wide programme in collaboration with BFI Film Academy partners, supported by the National Lottery. Announced today, screenwriter and producer Jesse Armstrong (Succession, Peep Show) will take part in a headline Hot Spot session at BFI Southbank. A highlight of the BFI Future Film Festival events programme, Hot Spot sessions offer the chance to hear directly from established screen professionals about their careers and tips to break into the industry. Other recently announced speakers for the in-person festival programme at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX include Frank Film Club hosts and creators Maisie Williams, Lowri Roberts and Hannah Marie Williams, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky, Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared  producer Hugo Donkin, Emmy-nominated casting director Kelly Valentine Hendry (Bridgerton, Queen Charlotte), showrunners Martha Hillier and Bindu de Stoppani, broadcaster and producer Elle Osili-Wood, filmmakers from the NOWNESS network, Chicken House publisher Barry Cunningham, Lime Pictures’ Tim Compton, executive producer Liv West, TikTok filmmaker Tom Pablo, and video game designer Jörg Tittel.

A variety of festival passes for BFI Southbank are on sale now. A Full Festival Pass, which allows access to two industry events per day and all three of the film programme screenings, will be available for £45. Also available are 4 Industry Event Passes at £30, 2 Industry Event Passes at £15 and an Opening Day Pass, giving access to Thursday’s events only, at £10.

The full programme and the schedule for events is available to explore now on the BFI website: https://www.bfi.org.uk/future-film-festival

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