7 - 18 October 2020
Easily one of the world’s most glamorous festivals, the London Film Festival gathers the year’s best of festivals films. Over the years the festival has consulted heavily on its industry reach which led to the creation of the London Production Market in parallel with the festival. LFF is one of Europe’s most important publicity generating festivals.
Our coverage of BFI:London Film Festival 2020 can be found here
Our coverage of BFI:London Film Festival 2019 can be found here
Our coverage of BFI:London Film Festival 2018 can be found here
From laugh-out-loud through romantic comedy to dry and understated – humour in all its forms.
Whether it’s the journey or the destination, these films transport you and shift your perspective.
In-your-face, up-front and arresting: films that take you out of your comfort zone.
Films that channel the electricity of the creative process, celebrating artistic expression in all its forms.
Sweet, passionate, tough – love is a complex and many splendoured thing.
From the mind-altering and unclassifiable to fantasy, sci-fi and horror.
Riveting films that amplify, scrutinise, argue and surprise.
Identifying Features (Sin Señas Particulares)
Films for the young... and young at heart.
Revived and restored from the world’s archives.
Kids Will Be Kids
Children worldwide can be unruly, wild and unmanageable. This is all part of growing up, even if it sometimes means going beyond the limits. These films, from the backstreets of Accra in Ghana and the Australian Outback, to rural life in India and Wales, and the dog-eat-dog world of a British estate, perfectly illustrate this. Short films programmed by Nellie Alston, Philip Ilson, Aduke King and Elaine Wong
My Time to Shine
Whether or not the world is a kind and accepting place, these films present grand visions of strength and self-discovery. And on life’s rocky road, there is something to be said for being certain about the person you are. Short films programmed by Nellie Alston, Philip Ilson, Aduke King and Elaine Wong
Secrets & Lies
Less peaks, more troughs. Whether it’s secrets or lies, these very personal stories range from the everyday to the far out, with characters who exude resilience and self-determination. Short films programmed by Nellie Alston, Philip Ilson, Aduke King and Elaine Wong
This is the Rhythm of My Life
Music, film, faith, costumes and colour lift our spirits and allow us to dream. Strip them away and life might be simpler, but it's the strength we find in these things that brings us together and, like the characters in these films, makes us eternally interesting. Short films programmed by Nellie Alston, Philip Ilson, Aduke King and Elaine Wong
A chance to see some of the best in UK filmmaking talent, with a varied and diverse selection of stories. Crossing genres and styles, from horror and comedy to animation and powerful drama, this is a vital snapshot of new British filmmaking that’s not to be missed. Short films programmed by Nellie Alston, Philip Ilson, Aduke King and Elaine Wong
We Built A World
In a year that has faced many challenges, we look to the perspectives of those we often do not see. In doing so we hold a mirror up to the world we live in. These films offer a moment to reflect and question, as well as engage with communities and their stories. Short films programmed by Nellie Alston, Philip Ilson, Aduke King and Elaine Wong
Step into a new dimension of storytelling with XR and Immersive art.
Augmented reality installation
Films by artists that revolutionise and reshape our vision of cinema.
These films bear testimony to oppressive histories of confinement, restriction, violence, and their consequences. The artists use artefacts of the past to transform our comprehension of historic injustice and to expose colonial strategies of oppression that sought to destroy cultures. Resistance and creativity inevitably immerge in new vibrant ways.
This programme considers the futures we might gift, extrapolate or create from our present tensions, through the eyes of those bequeathed. An odyssey of desires from queer to Afrofuturism to the posthuman: all have a stake in this planet and demand a request for a better tomorrow.