BBC Four World Cinema Awards

The BBC Four World Cinema Award is an annual prize given out to celebrate the best in world cinema. A shortlist of up to six films is made by the UK's leading critics, film-school heads and festival directors from the foreign language films released in that year in the UK. The winner is selected by a panel of judges whose decision making process is screened as part of the award ceremony, screened live on BBC Four, and since the beginning hosted by Jonathan Ross.

BBC Four World Cinema Award
Awarded forBest in foreign language film
Sponsored byPioneer
VenueBFI Southbank, London
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented byBBC Scotland
First awarded2004
Last awarded2011
Currently held byNader and Simin: A Separation
WebsiteBBC Four World Cinema Awards
Television/radio coverage
NetworkBBC Four


2008 was its seventh year, with the BBC Four World Cinema Award ceremony hosted by Jonathan Ross from the BFI Southbank in London. The winner of the 2008 award was announced on 30 January 2008, and the event was broadcast on BBC Four on 2 February 2008.[1]

In 2009, a new Achievement award for an international film-maker of great distinction was added to the ceremony in addition to the existing best film award.,[2] which was awarded was given to Werner Herzog. The 2009 award ceremony took place on 27 January 2009, again at the BFI Southbank.[2]

The seventh annual ceremony took place in October 2010.

As the BBC needed to make budgetary cut backs, 2011 was the last BBC Four World Cinema Awards was held.

Award winnersEdit

BBC Four World Cinema AwardEdit

Year Winning film Director Country
2011 Nader and Simin: A Separation (Jodái-e Náder az Simin) Asghar Farhadi Iran
Nominees: The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito), Pedro Almodóvar, Spain; Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Lung Bunmi Raluek Chat), Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand; Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux), Xavier Beauvois, France; Le Quattro Volte (Le Quattro Volte), Michelangelo Frammartino, Italy[3]
2010 The White Ribbon (Das weiße Band, Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte) Michael Haneke Austria
Nominees: I Am Love (Io sono l'amore), Luca Guadagnino, Italy; Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in), Tomas Alfredson, Sweden; A Prophet (Un prophète), Jacques Audiard, France; Waltz with Bashir (Vals Im Bashir), Ari Folman, Israel[4]
2009 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zile) Cristian Mungiu Romania
Nominees: Gomorrah (Gomorra), Matteo Garrone, Italy; Persepolis, Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi, France; The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Julian Schnabel, France/USA; The Orphanage (El Orfanato), Juan Antonio Bayona, Spain/Mexico[5]
2008 Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno) Guillermo del Toro Mexico/Spain/USA
Nominees: The Lives of Others (Das Leben Der Anderen), Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany; The Science of Sleep (La Science Des Rêves), Michel Gondry, France/Italy/USA; Climates (Iklimler), Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey/France; Syndromes and a Century (Sang Sattawat), Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand/France/Austria
2007 The Death of Mr Lazarescu (Moartea Domnului Lazarescu) Cristi Puiu Romania
Nominees: The Beat That My Heart Skipped (De Battre Mon Coeur S'est Arrêté), Jacques Audiard, France; The Child (L'Enfant), Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Belgium/France; Hidden (Caché), Michael Haneke, France/Germany/Austria/Italy; Lady Vengeance (Chinjeolhan Geumjassi), Chan-Wook Park, South Korea; Volver, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain
2006 Downfall (Der Untergang) Oliver Hirschbiegel Germany/Italy/Austria
Nominees: 2046, Wong Kar-Wai, China/France/Germany/Hong Kong; House of Flying Daggers, Zhang Yimou, China/Hong Kong; Look at Me, Agnès Jaoui, France/Italy; The Sea Inside, Alejandro Amenábar, Spain; Tropical Malady, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand
2005 The Return (Vozvrashcheniye) Andrey Zvyagintsev Russia
Nominees: Bad Education, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain; Hero, Zhang Yimou, China/Hong Kong; The Motorcycle Diaries, Walter Salles, USA/UK/Argentina/Chile/Peru; Uzak, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey; Zatōichi, Takeshi Kitano, Japan
2004 Belleville Rendez-vous (Les Triplettes de Belleville) Sylvain Chomet France/Belgium/Canada
Nominees: City of God (Cidade de Deus), Fernando Meirelles and co-director Katia Lund, Brazil/France/USA; Être et Avoir, Nicolas Philibert, France; Good Bye Lenin!, Wolfgang Becker, Germany; The Man Without a Past (Mies vailla menneisyyttä), Aki Kaurismaki, Finland/Germany/France; Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi), Hayao Miyazaki, USA/Japan

BBC Four World Cinema Achievement AwardEdit


  1. ^ "Jonathan Ross to present fifth BBC Four World Cinema Award" (Press release). BBC. 2007-11-27.
  2. ^ a b "BBC Four World Cinema Awards 2009". BFI. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2008.
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  4. ^ "White Ribbon takes BBC Four World Cinema award". BBC News. BBC News. 8 October 2010. Archived from the original on 11 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-08.
  5. ^ a b "BBC Four World Cinema Award shortlist announced" (Press release). BBC. 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
  6. ^ BBC Programmes, Bernardo Bertolucci To Receive The 2010 Achievement Award.

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