The British Film Institute (BFI) have announced two notable changes to the London Film Festival – new award categories and a partnership with games company Nintendo.

 BFI adds awards, Nintendo partnership to London festivalThe BFI’s new awards categories are as follows:

  • The Best Film Award
  • First Feature Film Prize, The Sutherland Award
  • The Grierson Award, for films in the “Official Competition”, “First Feature Competition” and “Documentary Competition” programme sections.

BFI are also working with Nintendo, via their latest portable console, the 3DS, and its unique approach to bringing the video experience to gamers. It also marks the start of a three-year partnership between the BFI and Nintendo, one that can only get better if film streaming comes to Nintendo’s upcoming Wii-U device, a console that has a tablet-meets-controller as its control method.

People watching a duff film, or a period drama? Simple! Watch your own on the controller. Life is hunky-dory.

It’s good news that that BFI are introducing more awards – more categories  to reflect film-makers’ talents, and it may encourage more people to get involved with this year’s London Film Festival. Sounds like an encouraging development should you be a filmmaker, a fan of cinema, or even a gamer – good stuff all round.

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