Film London Jarman Award announces new Patrons in run up to 2020 Award

Latest 27 Oct 2020

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Derek Jarman looking at camera on the beach with a spotlight shining behind him.

Portrait of Derek Jarman. Image courtesy of Richard Heslop

Film London has announced eight Patrons of the Film London Jarman Award, honouring and showcasing artist moving image practice, with one month to go until the 2020 virtual Award Winner announcement.

Spanning actors, artists, screenwriters and musicians, the Patrons’ work and support will be vital in the development and success of the Award. The Film London Jarman Award Patrons are:

  • John Akomfrah
  • Terence Davies
  • Rupert Everett
  • Dexter Fletcher
  • Hetain Patel
  • Tony Peake
  • Tilda Swinton
  • Toyah Willcox

The Patrons’ expertise, industry knowledge and connection to Derek Jarman in either a professional or a personal capacity will help to introduce artist filmmaking to a wider audience. They will promote and sustain the legacy of Jarman, whose inventiveness and bold ambition is seen in the work of artists practising today and those shortlisted for the Award.

Given the current climate, it is more important than ever to raise artists' profiles, to stress the cultural and economic importance of the art form and to focus attention on the fantastic, ground-breaking work being made. We are thrilled to have the Patrons on board to champion the Film London Jarman Award. Their knowledge and experience will undoubtedly help to sustain both Jarman’s legacy, and the legacy of artist filmmaking

Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission

Credit: Film London Jarman Award 2020 shortlisted artists stills. Top row, left to right: Larissa Sansour, Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Michelle Williams Gamaker, Project Art Works, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, Jenn Nkiru.

The Film London Jarman Award celebrates the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation in the work of artist filmmakers in the UK. In the run-up to the announcement, the 2020 Film London Jarman award virtual tour will allow audiences to explore the work of the shortlisted artists online through venue partner websites, culminating in a special weekend of online events at Whitechapel Gallery, London on 14 and 15 November.

The winner of the 2020 Film London Jarman Award will be announced on 24 November 2020.

The artists shortlisted for the 2020 Film London Jarman Award are:

• Michelle Williams Gamaker

• Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings

• Jenn Nkiru

• Project Art Works

• Larissa Sansour

• Andrea Luka Zimmerman