It’s back and it’s bigger than ever before. The British Film Institute has announced its 56th edition of the BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express, will run from the 10th to the 21st of October this year. While the length of the festival has shortened, the number of venues has grown increasing its capacity for primetime screenings across the film capital.
Clare Stewart, Head of Exhibition and Festival Director, new strategic direction for the Festival means this new structure, alongside the recently announced new programme categories, competitive sections and enhanced Awards, is designed to give a wide and diverse audience more opportunities to take part in the Festival and celebrate outstanding films from the UK and around the world from both new and established talent.
The new 12 day duration of the Festival will give a concentrated burst of film across more boroughs of London than ever before. The important cinema going axis between the major Leicester Square cinemas (Odeon West End, Vue West End, Odeon Leicester Square and Empire) and BFI Southbank will be maintained but the Festival’s reach will be extended into 4 new regional London cinemas: the Hackney Picturehouse, the Renoir in Bloomsbury, Screen on the Green in Islington, and the Rich Mix in Shoreditch. The Festival will continue to screen at the ICA and will expand its use of Curzon Mayfair, the Ritzy in Brixton, and Cine Lumiere, Kensington which will all screen films for the full duration, rather than the previous 3 days, of the festival. With a substantial increase in the number of primetime evening and weekend screenings, not only will more people be able to get involved but the festival also has the opportunity to significantly boost its commercial potential.
Commenting on the announcement Stewart said ‘The BFI London Film Festival is one of the jewels in the capital’s cultural crown and we want to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to experience it. Whether it’s a film aficionado diving straight in to our festival programme or a moviegoer coming to the festival for the first time – more screenings, more venues and more London boroughs makes it a Film Festival for everyone.’
The 56th BFI London Film Festival runs from 10-21st October and is now open for entries:
Short films deadline is 22 June
Features films deadline is 6 July
Check out the details right here