Armando Iannacci and Francis Annan Receive Inaugural DDA Spotlight Award in Tallinn

Filmmakers Armando Iannacci (In the Loop, The Death of Stalin) and Francis Annan (Escape from Pretoria, Unsaid Stories) receive today the inaugural DDA Spotlight Award at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia.

The award has been introduced in the year of the 50th anniversary of DDA, the leading global film and entertainment communications practice. It honors artists and filmmakers whose recent work takes a concerted step forward in improving diversity and inclusion in the film industry and cinema culture.

Armando Iannucci will be honored for his latest feature, The Personal History of David Copperfield, an inclusively cast adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic.

Francis Annan will be honored for his latest film, Escape from Pretoria, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Webber and Ian Hart, which Annan directed and wrote. The film tells the incredible true-life story of anti-apartheid activist Tim Jenkin.

DDA founder Dennis Davidson, who will be in Tallinn for the award ceremony, said in a statement: “Both Francis and Armando are inspiring talents whose choice of material and bold creative decisions we truly admire. We are delighted to honor them both with the first-ever DDA Spotlight Award.”

Due to recently announced Covid restrictions in the UK and much of Europe, Iannucci and Annan will accept their awards virtually. Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival kicked of on November 13 and will continue through November 29.

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