Wright to head Michael Powell Jury at Edinburgh
by Naman Ramachandran
British director Joe Wright will head this year’s Michael Powell Jury at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF). Joining him will be author Janet Street-Porter, USA Today film critic Claudia Puig, Academy Award nominee Frank Langella and Australian actor Sacha Horler.
The films that will compete for the £20,000 prize for the best British film are: Brian Percival’s A Boy Called Dad, Duncan Ward’s Boogie Woogie [+see also:
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Wright said, “I am honoured to be in a such illustrious company as this year’s jury and I am thrilled to be back at the Edinburgh Film Festival, which has always been the greatest melting pot of the British film industry and culture. Bring it on.”
The inaugural Best New International Feature Award will see actress Kerry Fox, actor/director Alan Cumming and film critic Lee Marshall serve on the jury. This award is for all non-British films that are receiving their world or international premiere at EIFF.
EIFF Artistic Director Hannah McGill said, “I’m delighted to have such strong juries of internationally celebrated film and media practitioners. An award at Edinburgh can be a huge boost to a filmmaker’s future, and we really look forward to seeing what work these excellent juries will select.”
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