BFI London Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: BFI London Film Festival
SINCE: 1956
WHERE: London, England, UK
WEBSITE: www.bfi.org.uk/lff
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: BFI London Film Festival is an iconic international Fim festival that supports London’s position as the world’s leading creative city. It presents the best new British and international Films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. It provides career-enabling opportunities for British and international Filmmakers through its industry and awards programs.

‘Chevalier’ ‘Sherpa’ ‘The Witch’ Win Top Awards at 2015 London Film Festival

‘Chevalier’ ‘Sherpa’ ‘The Witch’ Win Top Awards at 2015 London Film Festival

Chevalier directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari is the winner of the Best Film Award at the 2015 London Film Festival. In the film, six men set out on the Aegean Sea aboard a yacht, and before long, male bonding and one-upmanship give way to a loosely defined yet hotly contested competition to determine which of them is “the best in general.” Pawel Pawlikowski, whose Ida won the LFF Best Film prize in 2013, and is the president […]

FROM AFAR, and HEART OF A DOG Added to 2015 BFI London Film Festival | TRAILER

FROM AFAR, and HEART OF A DOG Added to 2015 BFI London Film Festival | TRAILER

FROM AFAR (Desde Allá) the feature debut from Venezuelan writer-director Lorenzo Vigas, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and multidisciplinary artist Laurie Anderson’s deeply personal, lyrical and compelling film HEART OF A DOG, have been added to the lineup for the 2015 BFI London Film Festival. FROM AFAR (Desde Allá) will screen in the Festival’s Dare strand. In the film, wealthy middle-aged Armando (Alfredo Castro) lures young men to his home with money. […]

2015 BFI London Film Festival Announces Complete Film Program

2015 BFI London Film Festival Announces Complete Film Program

The 2015 BFI London Film Festival will screen a total of 238 fiction and documentary features, including 16 World Premieres, 8 International Premieres, 40 European Premieres and 11 Archive films including 5 Restoration World Premieres. As previously announced, the Festival opens with the European Premiere of SUFFRAGETTE, and the European Premiere of STEVE JOBS will close the Festival. The other Galas include the previously announced American Express Gala of Todd Haynes’ CAROL, starring Academy Award® winner Cate […]

Archive Gala of 59th BFI London Film Festival to World Premiere of New Restoration of Anthony Asquith’s SHOOTING STARS

Archive Gala of 59th BFI London Film Festival to World Premiere of New Restoration of Anthony Asquith’s SHOOTING STARS

The Archive gala screening at the 59th BFI London Film Festival will be the world premiere of a new restoration of Anthony Asquith’s Shooting Stars (1928). Asquith’s first film as co-director and scriptwriter, Shooting Stars is a fascinating drama set behind the scenes at a contemporary film studio. Newly restored by the BFI National Archive, Shooting Stars will be presented with a new live score by John Altman, BAFTA and Emmy award-winning composer whose work […]

Cate Blanchett to Receive BFI Fellowship; TRUTH Added to BFI London Film Festival

Cate Blanchett to Receive BFI Fellowship; TRUTH Added to BFI London Film Festival

Cate Blanchett will receive the BFI’s highest honor, the BFI Fellowship, at the BFI London Film Festival’s annual Awards Ceremony. TRUTH, starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford, will have its UK Premiere on the same night and, in honor of the award, is screening as the Fellowship Special Presentation film. Based on the book “Truth and Duty” by Mary Mapes, TRUTH tells the incredible story of Mary Mapes, an award-winning CBS News journalist and Dan […]

“Dark Knight” Director Christopher Nolan and Tacita Dean to Launch New Talk Series “LFF Connects” At London Film Festival

“Dark Knight” Director Christopher Nolan and Tacita Dean to Launch New Talk Series “LFF Connects” At London Film Festival

British filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight, Memento), and Tacita Dean, known for her art work in film, will launch the new series of high profile talks – LFF Connects at the 59th BFI London Film Festival.  LFF Connects is described by the festival as a brand new series of thought-provoking high-impact talks intended to stimulate new collaborations and ideas by exploring both the future of film itself and how film engages with other creative […]

CAROL Starring Cate Blanchett to UK Premiere at 59th BFI London Film Festival Gala | TRAILER

CAROL Starring Cate Blanchett to UK Premiere at 59th BFI London Film Festival Gala | TRAILER

The 59th BFI London Film Festival has selected CAROL, Todd Haynes’ beautiful 1950s set drama, as the Festival’s American Express Gala. The film will receive its UK Premiere on Wednesday October 14 at the Odeon Leicester Square, attended by Academy Award® nominated director Todd Haynes and his stars Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett and Academy Award® nominee Rooney Mara. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) is a clerk working in a […]

European Premiere of STEVE JOBS to Close 59th BFI London Film Festival | TRAILER

European Premiere of STEVE JOBS to Close 59th BFI London Film Festival | TRAILER

STEVE JOBS directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle will be the Closing Night film of the 59th BFI London Film Festival. Working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography, STEVE JOBS is directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin. The film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to create a revealing portrait of the man at its epicenter. STEVE JOBS stars Michael Fassbender in the title […]

SUFFRAGETTE Starring Meryl Streep to Open 59th BFI London Film Festival| TRAILER

SUFFRAGETTE Starring Meryl Streep to Open 59th BFI London Film Festival| TRAILER

SUFFRAGETTE, starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep, will receive its European premiere on Wednesday October 7, 2015, as the Opening Night film of the 59th BFI London Film Festival.  SUFFRAGETTE is the first feature film to tell the story of the ordinary British women at the turn of the last century who risked everything in the fight for equality and the right to vote. The film stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, […]

LEVIATHAN Wins 58th BFI London Film Festival

LEVIATHAN Wins 58th BFI London Film Festival

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Andrey Zvyagintsev’s LEVIATHAN, which tells the tragic tale of conflict between an individual and a corrupt system in a small Russian town, is the winner of the Best Film Award at the 58th BFI London Film Festival.  The jury also commended Celine Sciamma’s GIRLHOOD about a young woman’s search for identity in the underprivileged suburbs of Paris.

BFI London Film Festival Unveils 2014 Film Lineup; to Open with THE IMITATION GAME

BFI London Film Festival Unveils 2014 Film Lineup; to Open with THE IMITATION GAME

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The 58th BFI London Film Festival unveiled a lineup of  245 fiction and documentary features, including 16 World Premieres, 9 International Premieres, 38 European Premieres and 19 Archive films including 2 Restoration World Premiere’s.1 There will also be screenings of 148 live action and animated shorts.  The 58th BFI London Film Festival will run Wednesday 8 – Sunday 19 October 2014.

The Festival opens with the European Premiere of THE IMITATION GAME, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. Director Morten Tyldum returns to the Festival with a film about Alan Turing, one of the world’s greatest innovators and pioneer of modern-day computing, who is credited with cracking the German Enigma code.

57th BFI London Film Festival Awards; IDA Wins Best Film

57th BFI London Film Festival Awards; IDA Wins Best Film

 Ida, directed by Pawel PawlikowskiIda, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

IDA, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski is the winner of Official Competition Best Film award at the 57th BFI London Film Festival which ran October 9 to 20, 2013.  Philip French, recent BFI Fellow and President of the Official Competition jury said, “The jury greatly admired Ida, the first film made in his native Poland by a director who came to prominence while living in Britain. We were deeply moved by a courageous film that handles, with subtlety and insight, a painfully controversial historical situation – the German occupation and the Holocaust – which continues to resonate. Special praise went to his use of immersive visual language to create a lasting emotional impact.”

BFI London Film Festival Reveals 2013 Full Program Lineup

BFI London Film Festival Reveals 2013 Full Program Lineup

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The full program for the  57th BFI London Film Festival which runs from October 9-20, 2013, was revealed today.  The Festival will screen a total of 234 fiction and documentary features, including 22 World Premieres, 16 International Premieres, 29 European Premieres and 20 Archive films. As previously announced, the Festival opens with the European Premiere of Paul Greengrass’ CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, a high-stakes thriller based on true story of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates with Tom Hanks playing the eponymous lead role; and the European Premiere of Disney’s SAVING MR. BANKS will close the festival, the film which tells the untold story of how Mary Poppins was brought to the big screen stars Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. 

PHILOMENA Starring Judi Dench to UK Premiere at BFI London Film Festival

PHILOMENA Starring Judi Dench to UK Premiere at BFI London Film Festival

PHILOMENA

The 57th BFI London Film Festival American Express Gala will take place on Wednesday 16 October at the Odeon Leicester Square with the UK Premiere of Stephen Frears’ PHILOMENA, described as the moving, funny and at times shocking true story of one woman’s search for her lost son. Academy Award ® winner Judi Dench plays the title role, with BAFTA winner Steve Coogan as Martin Sixsmith. The screenplay is written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, based on the book “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee” by Martin Sixsmith. Pathé release the film in UK cinemas on 1 November 2013.

Tom Hanks Films to Open and Close BFI London Film Festival

Tom Hanks Films to Open and Close BFI London Film Festival

Tom Hanks CAPTAIN PHILLIPS to open, SAVING MR. BANKS to close 57th BFI London Film FestivalTom Hanks CAPTAIN PHILLIPS to open, SAVING MR. BANKS to close 57th BFI London Film Festival

The 57th BFI London Film Festival will open on Wednesday 9 October with the European Premiere of CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Supremacy) and starring two time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Philadelphia). The festival will close on Sunday 20 October with the European Premiere of SAVING MR. BANKS, described as the extraordinary untold story of how one of the most beloved tales of all time, Mary Poppins, was brought to the big screen. SAVING MR. BANKS is directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) and also stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and two-time Academy Award- winner Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility, The Remains of the Day, Howards End) as the London based author of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers.

We Need To Talk About Kevin Wins Best Film at BFI London Film Festival

We Need To Talk About Kevin Wins Best Film at BFI London Film Festival

Tilda Swinton’s latest film, We Need To Talk About Kevin, took the top prize at The 55th BFI London Film Festival. The film adapted from Lionel Shriver’s popular 2003 novel is about an American woman, Eva (Tilda Swinton), suffering from the fallout of a terrible crime committed by her teenage son, Kevin (Ezra Miller). BEST FILM: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, directed by Lynne RamsayOn behalf of the jury John Madden (Chair) said: “This […]