Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida) has been tapped as president of the BFI London Film Festival’s competition jury. In a particularly strong year, producer Christine Vachon, actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kristin Scott Thomas and writer-director Mabel Cheung make up the rest of the jury. Vachon’s Carol, which she produced alongside Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth Karlsen and Tessa Ross, is one of the hot tickets at this year’s festival. Chinese filmmaker directed A Tale Of Three Cities, based on the romance between Jackie Chan’s parents, which has its European premiere at the LFF this year. The fest runs October 7-18.

“It is an honor to be Jury President for the BFI London Film Festival this year especially as my last film Ida won the Best Film Award in 2013 at the very beginning of its journey,” said Pawlikowski. Prizes will be presented to the winner of the official competition; the best first feature and the best documentary. This year there is also the newly introduced short film award. As previously announced, Cate Blanchett will receive the BFI Fellowship.