The BFI London Film Festival today confirmed the dates for the Festival’s 63rd edition which will take place from October 2nd to 13th, 2019, led by Festival Director Tricia Tuttle in her second year leading the team after serving as Artistic Director in 2018.
“We had a cracking 2018 edition,” says Tuttle, “Our highest ever occupancies were a testament to our adventurous audiences who eagerly savor a wide range of global cinema. It made for a fabulous experience for filmmakers and a great place to launch a film. We can’t wait to build on that in 2019.”
The 62nd edition of the festival, which took place in October last year, celebrated a record-breaking number of female filmmakers, with 38% of the films directed by women and 50% female directors in 3 of the 4 competitive categories. The program was also widely applauded for its diversity and inclusion, showing films from 77 countries around the world and welcoming 900 international and British filmmakers to present their work. The festival featured a varied selection of 229 feature films and 159 short films from both established and emerging talent. Of those films, the festival hosted 21 World Premieres, 9 International Premieres and 29 European Premieres, with Steve McQueen’s WIDOWS opening the festival, closing with the World Premiere of Jon S Baird’s STAN & OLLIE and featuring Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE FAVOURITE as its American Express Gala.