BFI Luminous

Wanting a career in the film industry is a bit like wanting to be a footballer. Where do you begin when so few make the cut? The challenge of access is one of the reasons the BFI’s “Back the Future” fundraising campaign is so important. Designed to provide opportunities for the talent of tomorrow, this year’s BFI Luminous gala dinner will be kicking off the London Film Festival by raising money in support of the programme. Hosted by Jonathan Ross, with Tilda Swinton as guest speaker, the charity auction is packed full of money-can’t-buy experiences, including a classroom reading by David Walliams and a tour of The Imaginarium Studios with Andy Serkis. While some of these prizes will be up for grabs on the night under the supervision of auctioneer Lord Dalmeny, there is also a public online silent auction featuring Vanity Fair’s own offering of a photoshoot with one of our photographers, Jake Walters (pictured: his portrait of actress Sophie Kennedy Clarke). As is befitting for an event celebrating youth, the three finalists for the second IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award will be introduced during the proceedings, with the winner to be announced by Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper.

BFI Luminous Online Auction; @britishfilminstitute 

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