Director Marie Kreutzner’s Corsage has won the Best Film Award at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, held in partnership with American Express.

The winning films explore a  breadth of themes and stories, from an irreverent Austrian empress to an unsettling thriller about life during Pinochet’s brutal coup and the tale of two brothers caring for the birds of pollution ravaged Delhi.

The winners of this year’s films screening in competition are:

Corsage – Marie Kreutzer, wins Best Film Award in Official Competition
1976 – Manuela Martelli, wins Sutherland Award in First Feature Competition
All That Breathes – Shaunak Sen, wins Grierson Award in Documentary Competition
As Mine Exactly – Charlie Shackleton, wins Immersive Art and XR Award
I Have No Legs, and I Must Run – Yue Li, wins Short Film Award in Short Film Competition

Placing audiences at the heart of the festival, there is also the popular Audience Award with feature and short categories, the latter of which is introduced for the first time this year. This year’s Audience Award winners are:

Blue Bag Life – Lisa Selby, Rebecca Hirsch Lloyd-Evans, Alex Fry, wins Audience Award – Feature
Drop Out – Ade Femzo, wins Audience Award – Short

The winners were announced during an online ceremony by the jury presidents on the final day of the BFI London Film Festival, Sunday 16th October. As in-person screenings come to an end, the festival continues on BFI Player until 23 October with a selection of 20 features, including First Feature Award winner 1976, available to rent online, while the Short Film Competitions titles including Best Short winner I Have No Legs, and I Must Run and Audience Award Short Film Drop Out, are available to stream on BFI Player for free until 23 October.

This year’s jury presidents were: Tanya Seghatchian (Official Competition), Nana Mensah (First Feature Competition), Roberto Minervini (Documentary Competition), Misan Harriman (Immersive and XR Competition) and Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor (Short Film Competition).

Pippa Considine

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