What’s It All About?
Established in 1933, the London Film Festival (LFF) is one of the many activities of the British Film Institute (BFI). It promotes an understanding and appreciation of Britain’s rich film and television heritage and culture.
Europe’s largest public film event, the festival runs for two weeks every autumn and showcases the best in contemporary cinema from around the world at venues across London.
It awards lottery funding to film production, distribution, education, audience development and market intelligence and research. This year’s event will feature more screenings at more venues but will run for 12 days instead of the usual 16.
Watch Out For!
Opening Night Film
Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie will open the festival this year. The film will receive a simultaneous premiere in 30 cinemas nationwide. This is Burton’s first animated film for studio Disney as a director. It is a black-and-white, stop-motion animated tale of a boy who brings his beloved pet dog back to life with monstrous consequences.
Danny Boyle is cutting a feature-length version of his magnificent Olympics opening ceremony. The film will be released on a DVD too.
For a new film competition segment, introduced at the festival, filmmakers will have to shoot a 60-second short, in 3D. The winning film will be shown in Leicester Square before the Nintendo gala screening.
The competition is supported by Ridley Scott, as he diverts his gaze momentarily from a Prometheus sequel. The judging panel includes Senna director Asif Kapadia.
In this third glimpse behind the scenes of the BFI’s project to restore Alfred Hitchcock’s nine surviving silent films, curator Bryony Dixon introduces the principles of technical selection.
• Michael Winterbottom’s Everyday
• Sally Potter’s Ginger And Rosa
• Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children
• Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths
• Michel Franco’s After Lucia
• David Ayer’s End Of Watch
• Rama Burshtein’s Fill The Void
• Daniele Ciprì’s It Was The Son
• François Ozon’s In The House
• Cate Shortland’s Lore
• Pablo Larraín’s No
• Jacques Audiard’s Rust And Bone
Harry Potter director Mike Newell’s Charles Dickens adaptation and the European premiere of Great Expectations will close the festival. Directed by Mike Newell, this new adaptation by David Nicholls stars Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Jeremy Irvine as Pip. The film, which will hit cinemas on November 30, will bring the curtain down on this year’s festival when it holds its European premiere on October 21 at the Odeon Leicester Square.