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Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kristin Scott Thomas join London Film Festival jury

Oscar nominees Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kristin Scott Thomas have been announced as jurors for the London Film Festival.

The pair will join jury President Pawel Pawlikowski, who won the 2013 Best Film award, Carol producer Christine Vachon and An Autumn's Tale director Mabel Cheung.

Thirteen films are competing in the Best Film category, which recognises "inspiring, inventive and distinctive film-making". A wide range of countries will be represented on the list, including Hungary, Thailand and Lebanon.

Among those Ejiofor and Scott Thomas will be selecting a winner from is Cary Fukunaga's Beasts Of No Nation about a child soldier in West Africa which stars Idris Elba.

Critically acclaimed English director Terence Davies has been shortlisted for Sunset Song, which sees model Agyness Deyn star as a Scottish teenager coming of age and struggling with her father's violent temper on the eve of the First World War.

Room, based on Emma Donoghue's Man Booker-shortlisted novel of the same name, is similarly nominated for her tale of a five-year-old boy growing up in captivity with his mother, inspired by the Josef Fritzl case.

It has already been announced that Cate Blanchett will be honoured at the festival with the BFI Fellowship for outstanding contribution to film.

The juries and competitors for the other award categories - First Feature, Documentary and Short Film - will be announced shortly.

The London Film Festival runs from October 7-18, with winners announced at an awards ceremony on the final night.

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