Jury seated for this month's Edinburgh fest


Director Iain Softley and novelist Scarlett Thomas are among those joining this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival jury, which will be presided over by actor Danny Huston.

The jury also includes Joely Richardson and producer Sigurjon Sighvatsson.

The quintet will pick a winner for the fest's Michael Powell Award for best British film, which has seen its prize purse rocket to £20,000 ($39,000) this year, up from the previous year's £5,000.

They also will select the winner of this year's PPG Award for best performance in a British feature.

Huston said he was thrilled to be president of the jury, partly because his father described the Edinburgh event as "the only festival worth a damn."

The Michael Powell Award is sponsored by the U.K. Film Council, which bankrolled the prize increase.

The EIFF, set for June 18-29, also unveiled an increase in the Skillset new directors award to £5,000 ($9,800), up from £1,500. (partialdiff)