Irish filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson has been announced as the jury president for this year's BFI London Film Festival.

The Oscar-nominated Room director will chair the jury for the official competition section.

There are ten titles competing for the annual event's best film accolade, half of which are from a female director or co-director.

Commenting on the festival, Abrahamson said: "I am delighted to continue my relationship with the BFI London Film Festival.

"It’s an honor to be this year’s jury chair and I very much look forward to deliberating with my fellow jurors on what is sure to be some of the most exciting, thought-provoking and original work in this year’s selection of films."

Female filmmakers Karyn Kusama (Destroyer), Alice Rohrwacher (Happy As Lazzaro), Sudabeh Mortezai (Joy), Dominga Sotomayor (Too Late To Die Young) and Cristina Gallego, directing with Ciro Guerra (Birds Of Passage), are among the 10 nominees.

They will be competing against Ben Wheatley (Happy New Year, Colin Burstead), Peter Strickland (In Fabric), David Lowery (The Old Man And The Gun), Zhang Yimou (Shadow), and Laszlo Nemes (Sunset) for the prize.

The film festival kicks off on October 10 with Widows, directed by Steve McQueen and starring Viola Davis and ends on October 21, with Laurel and Hardy film Stan And Ollie, starring Steve Coogan and John C Reilly.

Lenny Abrahamson's The Little Stranger starring Domhnall Gleeson coming to screens in September

Abrahamson's next project to make it to the big screen is The Little Stranger, adapted from Sarah Waters' bestselling horror novel, which will be released in September.

The Dublin-born filmmaker is also directing an adaptation of Irish writer Sally Rooney's Booker-longlisted novel Normal People for BBC3.

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