Fantastic Mr. Fox is premiering as the opening film of the London Film Festival, and the film is already on the shortlist for the top prize. May help the films chances that Anderson has a few friends on the jury. indieWIRE has the story:
The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival has announced shortlists for all four of its awards, including two new awards that will be presented for the first time.
Nine films from around the world will compete for the inaugural “Best Film” award, including opening night film “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” directed by Wes Anderson, and closing night film “Nowhere Boy,” which chronicles John Lennon’s childhood. Both films are world premiering at the fest, and they join Robert Connolly’s “Balibo,” Joel and Ethan Coen’s “A Serious Man,” John Hillcoat’s “The Road,” Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Micmacs,” Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet,” Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon,” and Jane Campion’s “Bright Star” in the competition.
The shortlist was drawn up by the Artistic Director and the programming team, and will be judged by an international jury chaired by Anjelica Huston and comprised of John Akomfrah, Jarvis Cocker, Matthieu Kassovitz, Charlotte Rampling and Iain Softley.