Elliot Gould and Jim Broadbent to appear at Edinburgh International Film Festival
The stars will head juries for the festival's competitive categories
We knew the film line-up, and now we know who the jury judges are for the 2012 EIFF. Announced today, the list includes talent such as Elliot Gould, Jim Broadbent and Ewen Bremner. Academy Award winner Broadbent is excited about assuming his new role, commenting, 'I relish the opportunity to see such a great range of films in such special company.' Gould and Broadbent will also be interviewed as part of the Festival's In Person strand.
Broadbent will be chairing the Michael Powell Award Competition Jury alongside Japanese actress and producer Kiki Sugino and Tiina Lokk, founder and director of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. The inclusion of economic critique Future My Love and The Imposter mark the first time documentary films will be allowed to contend for the Jury’s Best British Feature Film title.
Meanwhile, M*A*S*H star Gould is on the judging panel for the International Feature Competition, with producer Julietta Sichel and director Lav Diaz. Among the entrants for this competition strand is documentary The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus, about the German sea creature with an uncanny knack for predicting the 2010 World Cup results.
The Festival is also embracing the future of film criticism; the 2012 competition sees the first Student Critics Jury Award. Judges Genevieve Bicknell, Jonathan Glen and Liam Nolan were selected for their promise as film critics and will judge two films from the festival.
Other awards include the British Short Film Competition, judged by Boston Phoenix critic Gerald Peary, BBC Radio 1's Edith Bowman and director Rita Azevedo Gomes. Likewise, the International Short Film Competition will be judged by Bremner, Erwin Houtenbrink and Javier Porta Fouz (the latter two programmers of international film festivals in Bratislava and Buenos Aires respectively). With so many awards and credits to their names, it is easy to see why EIFF Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara is 'honoured and delighted that our...competitions will be judged by jurors of such distinction.'