The awards shortlists have been unveiled for the 55th BFI London Film Festival (LFF), with Tristan Patterson’s Dragonslayer (pictured), Werner Herzog’s Into The Abyss and Goran Hugo Olsson’s The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 among the nominees for the Best Documentary prize.
The 2011 LFF awards will take place at LSO St Luke’s on October 26. The Grierson Award for Best Documentary, a partnership between the Grierson Trust and the LFF, recognizes outstanding feature-length documentaries of integrity, originality, technical excellence or cultural significance.
The prize is presented in commemoration of John Grierson. Two-time BAFTA winner Adam Curtis will chair the jury, which also includes Sundance-winning director Kim Longinotto, Mandy Chang of the Grierson Trust, and BBC documentary commissioner Charlotte Moore.
The award should not to be confused with the similarly named Grierson 2011: The British Documentary Awards, the winners for which will be named in November.
This year’s full shortlist is:
Bernadette: Notes On A Political Journey, Lelia Doolan
Better This World, Katie Galloway, Kelly Duane de la Vega
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, Goran Hugo Olsson
Dragonslayer, Tristan Patterson
Dreams Of A Life, Carol Moley
Into The Abyss: A Tale Of Death, A Tale Of Life, Werner Herzog
Last Days Here, Don Argott & Demian Fenton
Whores’ Glory, Michael Glawogger
In a statement, Curtis said: “I am really looking forward to watching all the films and I am also hoping that, somehow, the films will help me make a bit more sense of what is happening in the world at the moment because, frankly, not much else on television or the cinema is doing that.”