EIFF names jury for Michael Powell Award
Kevin McKidd

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has revealed the jury members for its most prestigious prize, the Michael Powell Award for the best British feature film.

Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf will chair the jury at the 67th EIFF, which opens tonight with the European Premiere of Breathe In at the Festival Theatre.

Kevin McKidd
[Kevin McKidd will sit on the Michael Powell Award jury]

Scottish actor Kevin McKidd and film critic and historian Derek Malcolm will join Makhmalbaf in deciding the outcome of the prize.

A recognised star of Iranian New Wave cinema, Makhmalbaf enjoyed considerable success at the Cannes Film Festival with all three of her first feature films.

McKidd is a familiar face to Edinburgh audiences, thanks to his breakout role in Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, and appearances in hit TV shows Rome and Grey’s Anatomy. He also lent his vocal talents to Disney-Pixar’s Brave, which was the closing film at last year’s EIFF.

Malcolm is chief film critic at the Evening Standard, and is the author of several books and a former director of the London Film Festival.

The jury will also select a winner for the Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film.

EIFF also today announced the jury for the Short Film Competition: International Film Festival Rotterdam programmer Inge de Leeuw, Die Presse (Vienna) film critic Christoph Huber and Ricardo Matos Cabo, an independent film programmer.

As we previously reported, South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho will chair the International Feature Film Competition Jury, which also includes Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer and film critic Siobhan Synnot.

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