In October 2017, Louis Holder was on the Jury for the BFI London Film Festival 2017. This follows from being previously involved in the Festival in 2016 within the capacity of Camera Assistant - filming and (de)rigging-to-film the various Q&As and Gala Screening Videos for BFI's Social Media Channels.
Louis was involved in the judging process of the festival - watching numerous titles in the First Features Category which culminated in a group statement being sent to the selected filmmaker with the declaration of them being honoured as winner of The Sutherland Award. A trophy which was created in 1958 by the BFI for "the maker of the most original and imaginative feature film introduced during the year".
The Jury was comprised of some of the UK's most promising filmmakers helping to shape the industry at an 'emergent' level, which included those specialising in Film Production, Film Theory/Criticism & Film Journalism.
In 2016 it was won by Julia Ducournau for Raw (French production).