This year the Festival Awards are in the hands of the audience, who will take the place of the Festival’s Official Jury. Viewers engaging with the Festival online are invited to vote on Virtual LFF Audience Awards in four categories: Best Film, Best Documentary, Best Short Film, and Best XR/Immersive. The winners will be announced in this online ceremony alongside the winner of The IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award in association with the BFI. The Bursary benefits an outstanding first or second time British writer, director, or writer/director. The recipient of the award will receive £50,000, which is the most significant of its kind in the UK film industry and awarded annually.