Chair of BAFTA, Sara Putt, leads jury at Cheltenham International Film Festival

Incoming Chair of BAFTASara Putt, will lead the BEST FILM competition jury at Cheltenham International Film Festival 2023.  BEST FILM is open only to directors with one or two films on their C.V.  Joining Sara on the panel, among others, are: Tom Berkeley, director of An Irish Goodbye which scored a double earlier this year, winning BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT at the Oscars (2023) and a BAFTA for BEST BRITISH SHORT FILM (2023), and Jonathan Dean, senior writer at Sunday Times Culture magazine.   

The film festival, celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, is founded on promoting films by emerging filmmakers and paying tribute to celebrated filmmakers and actors. In 2020, the Festival introduced films ‘IN COMPETITION’ to draw attention to new voices in film, to raise audience interest in their films, and to offer filmmakers an opportunity to use IN COMPETITION and BEST FILM in their promotional material. 

BEST FILM in 2021 was the Polish film, I NEVER CRY (Piotr Domalewski) and in 2022, the Swiss Ukrainian film, OLGA (Elie Grappe), took home the honours.    

Note: Sara Putt is founder and MD of Sara Putt Associates, one of the leading agents for behind-the-camera talent. 

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