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Burton and Bonham Carter to receive BFI Fellowships as London Film Festival officially opens

Tim Burton on the London set of Frankenweenie, which will launch the London Film Festival this evening.

Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton are to receive the BFI’s highest honour – a BFI Fellowship – at this year’s London Film Festival, which officially opens tonight with a screening of Burton’s Frankenweenie.

Tim Burton said: “I feel very touched and grateful to the BFI for this tremendous honor. It means more than I can put into words to receive the BFI Fellowship and to be included alongside the great directors who have received it before me.”

Helena Bonham Carter added: “I am somewhat bewildered and not sure that I am deserving of such an honour as a Fellowship from the BFI, but shall accept it with deep gratitude.”

The 56th BFI London FIlm Festival has also unveiled the jurors for its new competitive sections.

The Best Film Award jury, which is responsible for choosing the winner of the Official Competition, is led by British playwright and director David Hare, along with Hong Kong film producer Nansun Shi, Argentine director Pablo Trapero, President of Jagged films Victoria Pearman and British actress Romola Garai.

The Sutherland Award jury for Best First Feature is headed up by film critic and former head of the Edinburgh film festival Hannah McGill, alongside author Sebastian Faulks, director David Yates, the producer of Warp Films Robin Gutch and Louise Brealey.

The Grierson Award for Best Documentary will be judged by documentary filmmaker Roger Graef, along with BBC world affairs editor John Simpson, vice-chairman of the Grierson Trust Emma Hindley, Head of Documentary Commissioning at the BBC Charlotte Moore and documentary filmmaker Morgan Matthews.

The Best British Newcomer Award will be decided by Harry Potter producer  David Heyman, along with actor Tom Hiddleston, actress Olivia Colman, author Kazuo Ishiguro, and director Eran Creevy.

The awards will be presented on October 20 at Banqueting House, Whitehall, London.

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