Celebrities including Rosamund Pike, Natalie Dormer and Ruth Wilson celebrated the start of the London Film Festival 2018 on Tuesday evening (9th Oct) by awarding a worthy winner for the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award in Association with the BFI.
Richard Billingham, writer and director of Ray & Liz was bestowed the £50,000 prize, by leading British director, Edgar Wright – of Shaun of the Dead fame – at a star-studded gala dinner at London’s Electric Light Station.
The guests marked the eve of the opening of the BFI London Film Festival and the most significant bursary of its kind in the UK film industry, expressly designed to support the future careers of exceptional British film talent who have a film in Official Selection at the BFI London Film Festival.
In its third year, the Bursary is presented in recognition of outstanding British talent at the beginning of their careers and is designed to support a writer and/or director by providing them with the financial stability and time needed to develop their creativity. The IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award in association with the BFI. At £50,000, it is the most significant bursary of its kind in the UK film industry, expressly designed to support the future careers of exceptional new British film talent.
The UK premiere of Ray & Liz takes place at the festival on Wednesday 17th October.