THE BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR 61STEDITION
4-15 October 2017
The BFI London Film Festival in Partnership with American Express® returns from 4-15 October 2017 for its 61st edition. The Festival sees hundreds of new UK and international films screened at more than fifteen locations for the UK’s leading, and most prestigious, film event.
With screenings and events open to the public as well as film industry professionals and talent, the Festival presents the first opportunity for audiences in the UK to see the very best in popular and independent cinema from across the globe. Located at the heart of the world’s most vibrant cultural city, LFF is one of the only major film festivals to be staged in a film production capital, giving it a distinctive appeal for filmmakers and audiences alike.
The Festival brings some of the biggest names in film to the city, as well as providing a showcase for the very best in emerging talent, giving audiences new experiences in film and a chance to get close to the stars and filmmakers. While some films will premiere at the LFF and go on to mainstream release in cinemas and awards success, others will receive their only big screen presentation at the festival, adding to the unique sense of discovery and a one-time only opportunity for audiences to see a film.
LFF is a social experience for all film lovers with a range of ticket options available to the public, including £5 rush tickets for the under-25s, to over 200 screenings, separated into themed strands of Love, Debate, Laugh, Dare, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Create, Family, and Treasures so that people of different ages, cultures and interests can find the films for them.
Last year’s 60th anniversary edition reached a record-breaking London attendance of 184,700, an 18% increase on the previous year. A further 9,300 people accessed Festival screenings through simultaneous UK-wide presentations and online. The Festival programme included many films that later received significant awards success such as Barry Jenkin’s Moonlight and Damien Chazelle’s La La Land. The Festival also plays an important role profiling new British talent such as director Hope Dickson Leach’s The Levellingand William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth. The BFI’s major project Black Star – focusing on the achievements of black actors – was launched at the LFF with significant films including Amma Asante’s Opening Night gala A United Kingdom and Mira Nair’s inspirational true story of a young Ugandan chess champion Queen of Katwe, and the Black Star Symposium headlined by actor David Oyelowo who delivered a powerful and rousing speech about diversity in film. Films from across the globe were also featured at the Festival, with titles such as Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman and Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper presented to London audiences. At the Festival’s award ceremony, Michael Fassbender presented the BFI Fellowship to filmmaker, screenwriter and Turner prizewinning artist, Steve McQueen, and last year’s winner for Best Film was Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women.
This year’s Festival programme will feature hundreds of new UK and international films exploring a diverse range of topical, thought-provoking and agenda-setting themes.
The 2017 Festival will open with the European Premiere of Breathe, the directorial debut of Andy Serkis on Wednesday 4 October.
Adventurous and charismatic, Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) has his whole life ahead of him when he is paralysed by polio whilst in Africa and given just months to live. Against all advice, Robin’s wife Diana (Claire Foy) brings him home from hospital where her devotion and witty determination inspire him to lead along and fulfilled life. Together they refuse to be limited by expectations, dazzling others with their humour, courage and lust for life.
There will be a live cinecast of all the excitement from Leicester Square and simultaneous screenings taking place at cinemas across the UK.
The acclaimed talks series LFF Connects returns with leading international talent in film, television, music, art, games and creative technologies delivering insights into the creative process and discussing their art forms’ intersection with film. Previous participants include Christopher Nolan, Louis Theroux and Black Mirror co-creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones. Also returning is the career-focused Screen Talks with previous participants including Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Paul Verhoeven, Ben Wheatley and Park Chan-wook.
The 61st BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® takes place from Wednesday 4 October-Sunday 15 October 2017. The full festival programme will be announced on Thursday 31 August 2017 at ODEON Leicester Square.
BFI Members’ priority booking opens 10:00am 7 September.
Tickets go on general sale at 10:00am 14 September.