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BFI London Film Festival, UK

October 4 - October 15

BFI London Film Festival

The BFI London Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world along with alongside the Cannes Film Festival, the Berlinale, Venice International Film Festival. It is held in the UK capital in October.

History of the London Film Festival

The festival dates back to 1957 with a screening of Throne of Blood by Akira Kurosawa In 1960 Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Karel Reisz) became the first UK film to be screened at the festival.

It has grown into one of the major film festivals and events in the world, with regular galas and screen talks from giants in the world of film, as well as plenty of red carpet and Champagne.

BFI Film Festival 2023

To see the full list of events for the 2023 festival, go to our sister website London Begins at 40 which has an extensive preview of the festival.

There is also a video of the festival which you can view by clicking below:

Festival Awards and Competitions

Naturally, there are also a number of awards and accolades handed out at the film festival. You can see details of these here. These include the prestigious Official Competition.

For a more indie London film festival try the Raindance Film Festival.

Festival Venues?

A list of venues can be found here. These include BFI Southbank, BFI Southbank IMAX; Curzon Soho; Curzon Mayfair; Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA); and the Prince Charles Cinema.

Tickets for the BFI London Film Festival Tickets

Ticket prices are here. You can also purchase your tickets via that link.

When is it?

The festival will be held from 4 to 15 October, 2023 in venues across London.

Cover image: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton and Mia Goth attend Premiere of Suspiria at BFI London Film Festival 2018. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI).


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