Todd Haynes’s Patricia Highsmith adaptation, Carol, stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.
Truth, starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford, will have its UK Premiere on the same night and, in honour of the award, is screening as the Fellowship Special Presentation film. Cannes hit Carol will also feature in the festival programme.
Based on the book Truth and Duty, Truth tells the incredible story of Mary Mapes, an award-winning CBS News journalist and Dan Rather’s 60 Minutes producer and the risks she took to expose a story on the then President George W. Bush.
Greg Dyke, Chairman, BFI said: "Cate Blanchett is a compelling and brave actress whose mesmerising screen presence has captivated audiences since her earliest roles. We are absolutely delighted to honour her extraordinary talents with a BFI Fellowship at this year’s LFF awards."
The BFI Fellowship is awarded to individuals in recognition of their outstanding contribution to film or television. Previous recipients have included Stephen Frears in 2014, the late Sir Christopher Lee – given the honour by his friend Johnny Depp – in 2013, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter in 2012 and Ralph Fiennes, who was presented his BFI Fellowship by friend Liam Neeson, in 2011. In the past year, Al Pacino and Mel Brooks were also awarded BFI Fellowships.