65th BFI London Film Festival announces Official Competition selection for 2021 LFF Awards!

The 65th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express has announced the eight contenders for the Best Film Award in this year’s Official Competition selection.

The 2021 nominated films showcase an incredible range of filmmaking talent from across the world; 11 countries are represented across the producers and co-producers. 

This award aims to honour inspiring, inventive and distinctive global filmmaking.


IL BUCO (Italy-Germany-France, dir. Michelangelo Frammartino)

The 8 films in Official Competition are:

  • BELLE (Japan, dir-scr. Mamoru Hosoda)
  • IL BUCO (Italy-Germany-France, dir. Michelangelo Frammartino)
  • THE HAND OF GOD (Italy, dir-scr. Paolo Sorrentino)
  • NITRAM (Australia, dir. Justin Kurzel)
  • HIT THE ROAD (Iran, dir. Panah Panahi)
  • SUNDOWN (Mexico-France-Sweden, dir-scr. Michel Franco)
  • LINGUI, THE SACRED BONDS (Chad-France-Germany-Belgium, dir-scr. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun)
  • TRUE THINGS (UK, dir. Harry Wootliff)

TRUE THINGS (UK, dir. Harry Wootliff)

The BFI Southbank will be the home of the Official Competition titles this year as the 65th BFI London Film Festival brings the magic of film to the heart of London. These awards titles offer audiences the chance to be the first to see a host of new works destined to be major award contenders and critical and commercial successes.

The winner will be chosen by the Official Competition Jury, the members of which will be announced in the coming weeks. 

This year’s Official Competition selection includes filmmakers from Iran, Africa, Japan, Mexico, Australia and Italy all featured. Joining them is talented UK writer and director Harry Wootliff, returning to the Festival following her LFF debut in 2018.


The winner of the Best Film Award will be announced at a special virtual LFF Awards Ceremony event on Sunday 17 October at 16:00 on BFI YouTube and social media.

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