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The 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:[1] British actor John Hurt said the award was "the highest honour possible".[2]

British Film Institute Fellowship
Awarded foroutstanding contribution to film or television culture
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented byBritish Film Institute
First awarded1983
WebsiteBFI Fellows

The first awards were made in 1983, the same year as BFI National Archive's Silver Jubilee and the BFI's fiftieth anniversary, and as of February 2017, there are 85 Fellows.[3] 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.[2] The inaugural ceremony honoured six recipients of the Fellowship: French film director Marcel Carné, British film directors David Lean, Michael Powell, Hungarian screenwriter Emeric Pressburger, Indian film-maker Satyajit Ray and American director and actor Orson Welles. The most recent Fellowship was bestowed in 2019 on British actress Olivia Colman.[4] Following allegations of numerous sexual assaults and harassment allegations, American producer Harvey Weinstein was stripped of the fellowship that was originally awarded to him in 2002.[5]

Of the 86 Fellows, the majority (57) are from the United Kingdom, with 29 foreign recipients, mainly from the United States and France. There have been two African winners, both film directors, Malian Souleymane Cissé and Senegalese Ousmane Sembène while one recipient has come from each of Japan, India, Iran, Canada, and Australia.

FellowsEdit

 
American Orson Welles was one of the six inaugural recipients of the Fellowship in 1983.
 
French actor Gérard Depardieu is one of four French awardees, receiving his Fellowship in 1989.
 
Irish actress Maureen O'Hara was awarded the Fellowship in 1993.
 
Martin Scorsese became a BFI Fellow in 1995.
 
Helena Bonham Carter became a Fellow in 2012.
 
Al Pacino was a 2014 recipient of the Fellowship.
Year Recipient Nationality Ref
1983 Marcel Carné   France [6]
1983 David Lean   United Kingdom [6]
1983 Michael Powell   United Kingdom [6]
1983 Emeric Pressburger   Hungary [6]
1983 Satyajit Ray   India [6]
1983 Orson Welles   United States [6]
1984 Sidney Bernstein   United Kingdom [7]
1985 John Brabourne   United Kingdom [8]
1985 Laurence Olivier   United Kingdom [9]
1986 Jeremy Isaacs   United Kingdom [10]
1986 Deborah Kerr   United Kingdom [10]
1986 Akira Kurosawa   Japan [11]
1986 Dilys Powell   United Kingdom [10]
1987 Dirk Bogarde   United Kingdom [12]
1987 Bette Davis   United States [13]
1987 Elem Klimov   Soviet Union [13]
1988 Graham Greene   United Kingdom [14]
1988 Vanessa Redgrave   United Kingdom [14]
1988 Anthony Smith   United Kingdom [14]
1989 Peggy Ashcroft   United Kingdom [15]
1989 Gérard Depardieu   France [15]
1989 David Francis   United Kingdom [16]
1990 Derek Jarman   United Kingdom [17]
1990 Krzysztof Kieślowski   Poland [17]
1990 Jeanne Moreau   France [17]
1990 Fred Zinnemann   Austria [17]
1991 Alec Guinness   United Kingdom [18]
1991 Leslie Hardcastle   United Kingdom [18]
1992 Richard Attenborough   United Kingdom [19]
1992 Maggie Smith   United Kingdom [20]
1993 Clint Eastwood   United States [21]
1993 Denis Forman   United Kingdom [21]
1993 Maureen O'Hara   Ireland [21]
1994 Nicolas Roeg   United Kingdom [22]
1994 Jean Simmons   United Kingdom [22]
1995 Michelangelo Antonioni   Italy [23]
1995 John Mills   United Kingdom [24]
1995 Martin Scorsese   United States [25]
1995 Robert Wise   United States [26]
1996 Michael Caine   United Kingdom [27]
1996 Ken Loach   United Kingdom [27]
1997 Michael Parkinson   United Kingdom [28]
1997 Lynda La Plante   United Kingdom [28]
1997 Verity Lambert   United Kingdom [28]
1997 David Puttnam   United Kingdom [28]
1997 Sydney Samuelson   United Kingdom [29]
1997 Thelma Schoonmaker   United States [29]
1997 Alan Yentob   United Kingdom [28]
1998 Bernardo Bertolucci   Italy [30]
1998 Jeremy Thomas   United Kingdom [31]
1999 John Paul Getty, Jr.   United States [32]
2000 Elizabeth Taylor   United Kingdom [33]
2001 Robert Altman   United States [34]
2001 Lewis Gilbert   United Kingdom [35]
2002 Jack Cardiff   United Kingdom [36]
2002 Bob Weinstein   United States [37]
2005 Abbas Kiarostami   Iran [38]
2005 Mike Leigh   United Kingdom [39]
2005 Ousmane Sembène   Senegal [40]
2007 Terence Davies   United Kingdom [41]
2009 Souleymane Cissé   Mali [2]
2009 John Hurt   United Kingdom [2]
2009 Ridley Scott   United Kingdom [42]
2010 Danny Boyle   United Kingdom [1]
2010 David Rose   United Kingdom [43]
2011 Isabelle Huppert   France [44]
2011 Judi Dench   United Kingdom [45]
2011 Ralph Fiennes   United Kingdom [46]
2011 David Cronenberg   Canada [46]
2012 Bryan Forbes   United Kingdom [47]
2012 Helena Bonham Carter   United Kingdom [48]
2012 Tim Burton   United States [48]
2012 Richard Lester   United Kingdom [49]
2013 Philip French   United Kingdom [50]
2013 Christopher Lee   United Kingdom [51]
2013 John Boorman   United Kingdom [52]
2014 Al Pacino   United States [53]
2014 Stephen Frears   United Kingdom [54]
2015 Mel Brooks   United States [55]
2015 Cate Blanchett   Australia [56]
2016 Hugh Grant   United Kingdom [57]
2016 Greg Dyke   United Kingdom [58]
2016 Steve McQueen   United Kingdom [59]
2017 Peter Morgan   United Kingdom [60]
2017 Paul Greengrass   United Kingdom [61]
2019 Olivia Colman   United Kingdom [4]

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