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September 2017 | My First Job In Film

BFI announces the three finalists for £50k emerging filmmaker bursary.

The BFI has announced the three finalists for the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award, which comes with a grant of £50,000 .

The contenders are: Daniel Kokotajlo, Rungano Nyoni and Michael Pearce.

The bursary is for an emerging UK-based writer and/or director premiering their first or second feature at the London Film Festival.

Pearce’s debut feature Beast and Kokotajilo’s debut feature Apostasy both premiered at the recent Toronto International Film Festival. Nyoni’s debut I Am Not A Witch premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in Directors’ Fortnight.

A jury of director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), Amanda Nevill (CEO, BFI) and Christoph Grainger-Herr (CEO of IWC Schaffhausen) will select the winner.

A panel of industry figures including Rose Garnett, director of BBC Films, Sam Lavender, deputy of creative at Film4, Ben Roberts, director of the BFI Film Fund, Clare Stewart, director of the BFI London Film Festival, and Gaylene Gould, BFI Southbank’s head of cinemas and events, selected the shortlist of filmmakers.

The winner will be announced at the BFI’s 2017 Luminous fundraising gala on 3 October 2017.

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