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Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Burton to Receive BFI Fellowships

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Multihyphenate David Hare, veteran Hong Kong film producer Nansun Shi and British actress Romola Garai among the names on the Official Competition Jury at the BFI London Film Festival.

LONDON – Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton have been selected by the British Film Institute to pick up the institution's highest accolade, the BFI Fellowship.

The duo will be among the honorees during this year's new look BFI London Film Festival awards evening on the penultimate evening of the festival.

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This year's awards are divided into competitive sections while attempting to give them more prominence in the Festival campaign and program.

The Best Film Award will be presented to the winner of the Official Competition line-up which includes Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths, Michael Winterbottom's Everyday and Sally Potter's Ginger and Rosa.

The jury picking a winner from the 12-strong Competition titles – chosen by BFI head of exhibition and festival director Clare Stewart together with the festival's programming team – is headed by president David Hare, screenwriter, playwright, film and theatre director.

Hare's jury also boasts veteran Hong Kong film producer Nansun Shi, Argentine director Pablo Trapero, Victoria Pearman, producer of Crossfire Hurricane and president of Mick Jagger's Jagged films and the British actress Romola Garai.

Other titles vying for Hare and his jury's attention are Michel Franco's After Lucia, David Ayer's End of Watch, Rama Burshtein's Fill The Void, Francois Ozon's In the House, It Was The Son directed by Daniele Ciprì, Cate Shortland's Lore, Midnight’s Children by Deepa Mehta, Pablo Larraín's No and Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone.

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This year's Sutherland Award will be presented to the winner of the best first feature and the Grierson prize will be presented to the winning film in the documentary competition section.

Presiding over the jury for Sutherland nod will be the former Edinburgh International Film Festival director Hannah McGill with fellow jurors novelist Sebastian Faulks, filmmaker David Yates, Warp Films produce Robin Gutch, and stage and screen actress Louise Brealey.

They will pick a winner from Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild, Clip by Maja Milos, Tom Shkolnik's The Comedian, Gabriela Pichler's Eat Sleep Die, My Brother The Devil directed by Sally EI Hosaini, Kleber Mendonca Filho's Neighbouring Sounds, The Samurai that Night from Masaaki Akahori, Scott Graham's Shell, Ship of Theseus by Anand Gandhi, Barry Berk's Sleeper’s Wake, Andrey Gryazev's Tomorrow and Wadjda by Haifaa Al Mansour.

The Grierson jury is presided over by documentary filmmaker Roger Graef who is joined by BBC world affairs editor John Simpson, vice chairman of the Grierson Trust Emma Hindley, head of documentary commissioning at the BBC Charlotte Moore and documentary filmmaker Morgan Matthews.

Ken Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns' The Central Park Five, Alex Gibney's Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Amy Berg's West of Memphis and Sarah Gavron's Village at the End of the World are among the challengers for the nod.

There will also be a best British newcomer nod presented with jury president Harry Potter producer David Heyman and fellow jurors Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman, author Kazuo Ishiguru and director Eran Creevy mulling the challengers.

My Brother The Devilactor Fady Elsayed and the movie's director and screenwriter Sally El Hosaini, Broken director Rufus Norris and actress Eloise Laurence, Shell director and writer Scott Graham and the film's actress Chloe Pirrie all compete with director and writer Tom Shkolnik (The Comedian) and Wasteland writer and director Rowan Athale for the prize.

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The 56th BFI London Film Festival 2012 Awards which will be dished out at a standalone ceremony in central London Oct. 20.

Burton's Frankenweenie, his black and white stop motion 3D animation which includes partner Bonham Carter in its voice cast, opens this year's festival Oct. 10.

The festival runs Oct. 10 through 21.