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British Film Institute Fellowship
- Created 2012-03-12
British Film Institute
(BFI) is a charitable organisation established in 1933, based in the United Kingdom. It has awarded its Fellowship title to individuals in "recognition of their outstanding contribution to film or television culture" and is considered the highest accolade presented by the Institute: British actor
said the award was "the highest honour possible".
The first awards were made in 1983, the same year as
BFI National Archive
and the BFI's fiftieth anniversary, and as of January 2013, there are 70 Fellows. Awards are not presented every year, but every award ceremony has been held in London, on occasion at the
National Film Theatre
as part of the
BFI London Film Festival
The inaugural ceremony in 1983 honoured six recipients of the Fellowship: French film director
, British film directors
, Hungarian screenwriter
, Indian film-maker
and American director and actor
. The most recent Fellowship was bestowed in 2012 on British actress
Helena Bonham Carter
and American director
Of the 70 Fellows, the majority (43) are from the United Kingdom, with 27 foreign recipients, mainly from the United States and France. There have been two African winners, both film directors, Malian
while one recipient has come from each of Japan, India and Iran.
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