The 2020 BFI London Film Festival has unveiled its digital viewers award winners, with Thomas Vinterberg’s Mads Mikkelsen-starring Danish comedy Another Round scooping Best Film.
The awards changed the everyday jury-voted prizes, which did not occur this yr as a result of pandemic forcing nearly all of the fest on-line.
Also awarded tonight was the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary, with Wildfire filmmaker Cathy Brady receiving the £50,000 grant, which matches to a primary or second time UK filmmaker presenting work within the fest.
Further prizes have been handed out to Benjamin Ree’s The Painter And The Thief, which took Best Documentary, Tommy Gillard’s Shuttlecock, which gained Best Short Film, and Anna West and David Callanan’s To Miss The Ending, which took Best XR/Immersive Art.
“I’m deeply honoured to obtain the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary. In a yr that has been so turbulent for thus many, it seems like a secure harbour and for a primary function filmmaker, the possibility to recalibrate, dream and immerse myself within the subsequent mission is such an unbelievable reward,” commented Brady.
“Thank you to the viewers on the London Film Festival for bringing this award to us. We are very proud to obtain this from a British viewers; it is an ideal honour. We are so unhappy that we won’t be there,” mentioned Vinterberg on right now’s win.
Another Round was chosen for this yr’s Cannes Label (which was awarded in lieu of the French fest’s cancelled bodily version) and screened at each Toronto and San Sebastian. The movie is making headlines in its native Denmark after clocking 800,000 admissions, a three-year document for a neighborhood title, regardless of the pandemic’s influence on cinemas. Samuel Goldwyn Films has U.S. rights to the pic.
“There was by no means a second on this completely loopy yr after we thought of not delivering a BFI London Film Festival,” mentioned LFF Director Tricia Tuttle. “We know LFF means an excessive amount of to each filmmakers and audiences. So how becoming, then, that we put audiences answerable for the Awards this yr with our first Virtual LFF Audience Awards. And dammit, do not our audiences have nice style.”