7 - 17 November 2013
London

Empire Cinema Leicester Square
The May Fair Theatre

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17/11/13

The London Lion Award and Judges Panel

Introducing the Festival's inaugural London Lion Award and our eminent panel of judges

The inaugural ‘London Lion’ Award will be presented to the Director of the Best Film of the Russian Film Festival, which will be selected by our eminent panel of judges. Ten films will compete and the Lion will be awarded at the Closing Ceremony, at the May Fair Hotel, on Sunday 17th November.

The London Lion recognises and rewards the very best Russian filmmaking, affirming the Festival's commitment to the artistic power of film. Yet it is unique in that it will be looking at the films from a London perspective, and represents London critics’ recognition and admiration of Russian cinematography.

Leading our judges this year will be acclaimed Dutch filmmaker Jos Stelling. Stelling needs little introduction, with his reputation sealed with his debut film, Mariken van Nieumegen, making the Official Section at Cannes, 1975. In a career spanning nearly forty years, Jos Stelling has directed 13 award winning feature films. Despite his immense success, Stelling has never attended film school, and is entirely self taught. He has been a judge at numerous international film festivals and also founded the 'Dutch Film Days' Festival in 1981. His latest film, The Girl and Death, will close this year’s Festival.

Robbie Collin is the chief film critic at The Daily Telegraph. His review column reaches almost two million readers every week, online and in print. One of  UK’s sharpest, funniest and best-read film critics, he was shortlisted for critic of the year at the 2011 British Press Awards. Robbie Collin is a regular contributor on the BBC’s Film Programme, Sky News, Sky Movies and radio and was the resident film critic on Channel 4’s Vue Film Show. He also hosts director Q&As at the British Film Institute in London. Before joining the Telegraph he was film critic for the News of the World. Educated at The University of St Andrews, he read aesthetics and the philosophy of film.

Chris Curling is a British producer and director. He boasts extensive film credits, having contributed to over thirty films and television series since 1974, including films in French and Spanish. English-language credits include Hannibal Rising and Wah-Wah. He was one of the producers of the 2010 Tolstoy biopic The Last Station. 

Catherine Bray  is an award-nominated writer and broadcaster and is currently Editor of Film4.com. She has been a guest presenter on BBC1's flagship Film Programme with Claudia Winkleman for three series. She also writes for The Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, and appears as a guest on Radio 4 and BBC3. 2014 will see the release of teen movie documentary Beyond Clueless, which Catherine is associate producing. Alongside her career in the media, Catherine is also embarking on a fleldgling career as a scriptwriter.

Iain McLeod has 17 years experience working in the UK film Industry. He has worked in film exhibition for Virgin Cinemas, UGC Cinemas, Cineworld, and VUE, and in film distribution for Icon Films working on titles including Drive, A Single Man, Nowhere Boy and The Road. Iain currently works for Empire Cinemas.

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