London Film Festival

Location : London
Date : 18th October to 2nd November
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The Times BFI London Film Festival showcases the best new films from around the world, here in London.

Presented by the BFI, the Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2006. Originally conceived as a ‘festival of festivals’, screening a selection of strong titles from other European festivals, the first London Film Festival screened 15 films from an impressive array of directors, including Luchino Visconti, Akira Kurosawa and Andrzej Wajda.

We differ from a lot of other European films festivals in being primarily about bringing film to the public. We offer opportunities for people to see films that would not otherwise get a UK screening – some may never be screened again in this country – but also screen films which will get a release in the autumn or spring.

Most of our screenings are attended by the people involved in making the films, from actors and directors, to producers and stuntmen! This gives the Festival screenings a unique and intimate feeling, as the audience ask questions of their favourite star, or discover a new talent