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BFI London Film Festival 2019 Red Carpet - The May Fair Hotel Gala Film "Marriage Story"

Ray Liotta - "Marriage Story" Red Carpet - Photo by filmfestivals.com Join us at The BFI London Film Festival with th May Fair Hotel Gala Film "Marriage Story" Red Carpet at Odeon Luxe in Leicester Square in London - Ray Liotta - Laura Dern - Adam Driver - David Heyman #bfilondonfilmfestival #rayliotta #adamdriver   Ray Liotta "Marriage Story" Red Carpet - Photos by Fabiola Bonnot for filmfestivals.com David Heyman - Producer - "Marriage Stor...

BFI London Film Festival 2019 Red Carpet - Opening Film "The Personal History of David Copperfield"

The BFI London Film Festival has kicked off with "The Personal History of David Copperfield" - Red Carpet at Odeon Luxe in Leicester Square in London - Hugh Laurie - Dev Patel #bfilondonfilmfestival #devpatel   ...

The 63rd BFI London Film Festival opens today!

Dev Patel - Photo by filmfestivals.com The BFI London Film Festival kicks off today, October 2, with "The Personal History of David Copperfield" A lot of the cast was here tonight on the red carpet at the Odeon Luxe in Leicester Square in London, including Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Hugh Laurie, Rosalind Eleazar and Nikki Amura-Bird.     Morfyyd Eleazar - filmfestivals.com Hugh Laurie - filmfestivals.com Other filmfestivals.com coverage for "The Person...

Discover new films by female filmmakers at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival

Judy & Punch (2019) Senior Programmer Kate Taylor introduces the list of women in the director’s chair at this year’s Festival. The programme has been announced, the statistics digested, and now the good stuff starts, the chance to see and discuss the films in the Festival. Forty percent of the films in the LFF may have female directors, but who are all these women and what have they made? An exciting trend across the Festival is the high number of feature films fro...

Competition juries announced for 63rd BFI London Film Festival

This year’s Jury Presidents at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival are Wash Westmoreland, Jessica Hausner, Yance Ford and Jacqui Davies. The 63rd BFI London Film Festival has announced its jury line-up for this year’s Festival Awards. The Official Competition jury is led by acclaimed Colette (LFF 2018) and Still Alice director Wash Westmoreland, whose latest film Earthquake Bird screens in this year’s Festival; the First Feature Competition (Sutherland Award) jury w...

International filmmakers and stars confirmed to attend the 63rd BFI London Film Festival

Dev Patel as David Copperfield in The Personal History of David Copperfield Acting and Performing talent recently confirmed include: Nikki Amuka-Bird, Darren Boyd, Morfydd Clark, Daisy May Cooper, Rosalind Eleazar, Bronagh Gallagher, Aimee Kelly, Anna Maxwell Martin, Dev Patel, Jairaj Varsani, Paul Whitehouse, Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Jamie Blackley, Dinita Gohil, Tim Key, Ollie Locke, Pearl Mackie, Caitriona Balfe, Noah Jupe, Ray Liotta, Bárbara Colen, James Turpin, Mia Wasiko...

Where creation begins: A deep dive into Experimenta at the LFF

Unheimlich II: Astarti   From a trance-like journey into creation to the heart-spilling sounds of Spanish divas, this year’s Experimenta programme finds artist-filmmakers looking beyond the surface of things to find new depths and resonances. It’s hardly a surprise that this year’s LFF has many films that deal with the state of the world and its people, whether politics or the environment, personal stories or imaginative reinterpretations. The Experimenta strand is no...

Late additions announced for 63rd BFI London Film Festival

Just Mercy (2019)   The Festival additions include Screen Talks with Michael B. Jordan and Céline Sciamma, and five new films: Waves, Just Mercy, The Friend, Harriet and Wasp Network. The 63rd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is thrilled to announce new Screen Talks with Michael B. Jordan and Céline Sciamma, alongside previously announced Lukas Moodysson, Kim Longinotto and Rian Johnson. William Nicholson and Atom Egoyan are announced for LFF ...

Meet the programming team for the 63rd BFI London Film Festival

The 63rd BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express®, will take place in venues across the UK capital from 2-13 October 2019. We are delighted to introduce the full programming team who have worked on the 2019 edition.   LFF Core Programming Team Tricia Tuttle is Director of BFI Festivals following her role as Artistic Director of the 62nd Edition of the BFI London Film Festival and five successful years a...

63rd BFI London Film Festival announces 2019 Official Competition selection

The 63rd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is delighted to announce the contenders for the Best Film Award in this year’s Official Competition selection. The 2019 nominated films showcase an incredible range of filmmaking talent from across the world; 60% of the films are from a female director or co-director with 16 countries represented across the producers and co-producers.  The 10 films in Official Competition are: Fanny Lye Deliver’d (...

International premiere of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman to close 63rd BFI London Film Festival

The 63rd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is thrilled to announce that this year’s Closing Night gala will be Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. The Irishman (2019) - Credit: Courtesy of Netflix The 63rd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is thrilled to announce that The Irishman will be this year’s Closing Night Gala, which is directed by one of the true giants of cinema Martin Scorsese and starring Academy Award wi...

European premiere of Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield to open 63rd BFI London Film Festival

The 63rd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is thrilled to announce that this year’s Opening Night gala will be Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield.   The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019)   The 63rd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is thrilled to announce that this year’s Opening Night gala will be The Personal History of David Copperfield, directed by the multi-award-wi...

Hungry Hearts: Film Review

  Hungry hearts, dir. Saverio Costanzo, Italy 2014 Venezia71  An Italian girl and an American boy meet accidentally in a Chinese restaurant in New York. The amusement of the first conversation is a corny, lighthearted lead to their upcoming future as a couple. Giving you a plain dose of a typical love story, Hungry hearts tricks you with its misleading rom-com opening, giving an under the belt punch with what's about to follow.      Jude (Adam Driver) and Mina...

BFI London Film Festival Award Winners

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  The BFI London Film Festival held a special awards ceremony on Wednesday evening to honor films and personalities that have made this year’s LFF the most attended in the Festival’s long history. HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER by Russian director Alexei Popogrebsky, was awarded the Best Film prize in an unexpected shocker (buzz in the air was that the award would go to perennial Mike Leigh for his film ANOTHER YEAR). The film observes the intense relationship between two men who wor...

London Film Festival Points To The Oscars

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  Inevitably, any major film festival that occurs in the Fall season has a role play in determining eventual Oscar nominees and even winners. It all starts off at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, where Oscar hopefuls get their debuts, and continues into the season, presumably climaxing with nominations that come at the first of the year. With the Academy’s recent expansion of the Best Picture category to include 10 films, it is very likely that several of the films present...

BFI: Celebrating Film 52 Weeks A Year

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  Inviting the international press to a special preview screening and delectable lunch at the chic The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, the British Film Institute (BFI), the sponsoring organization of the BFI London Film Festival, wanted to emphasize that they provide outstanding film programs throughout the entire year. The BFI has the goal of educating and entertaining the British public by providing a voice for cultural film, from both its homes shores and overseas, via festival...

The French Revolution Continues In London

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  One can see that the French Revolution never really ended in the 18th century…..it continues into our own, in terms of style, fashion and the arts. French film is continually re-inventing itself and finding new ways of expression in a 100-year-old art form. At this year’s London Film Festival, a section appropriately entitled French Revolutions showcases some of the cinematic trend-setters of the year.   With the obvious exception of the American and the ...

Interview with Clive Owen at the BFI London Film Festival 22nd October 2009

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It's the BFI London Film Festival and I'm at the BFI Southbank to meet Clive Owen. We can all just google Clive Owen to read about his achievements as a BAFTA, Golden Globe winner and for his extensive work in the film and tv industry. Therefore I thought I should pick out some goodies from the interview, that you don't read about everywhere else... Born 1964 in Coventry, Clive Owen was a man who didn't have it all set in his early life. With a father who left the family when Owen was thr...

BFI London Film Festival

The BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® today confirmed the dates for the Festival’s 63rd edition which will take place from 2-13 October, led by Festival Director Tricia Tuttle in her second year leading the team after serving as Artistic Director in 2018.

“We had a cracking 2018 edition,” says Tuttle, “Our highest ever occupancies were a testament to our adventurous audiences who eagerly savour a wide range of global cinema. It made for a fabulous experience for filmmakers and a great place to launch a film. We can’t wait to build on that in 2019.”

Submissions for the 2019 BFI London Film Festival are now open. Feature and short films can be submitted through the BFI London Film Festival website at www.bfi.org.uk/lff.  The final deadline for features and short films is Friday 14 June at 5pm GMT.

Films entered through open submissions are eligible for Official Competition, Documentary Competition, First Feature Competition and Short Film Competition, provided they meet the other criteria for these sections and with priority given to European and World Premieres.

The 62nd edition of the festival, which took place in October last year, celebrated a record-breaking number of female filmmakers, with 38% of the films directed by women and 50% female directors in 3 of the 4 competitive categories. The programme was also widely applauded for its diversity and inclusion, showing films from 77 countries around the world and welcoming 900 international and British filmmakers to present their work. The festival featured a varied selection of 229 feature films and 159 short films from both established and emerging talent. Of those films, the festival hosted 21 World Premieres, 9 International Premieres and 29 European Premieres, with Steve McQueen’s Widows opening the festival, closing with the World Premiere of Jon S Baird’s Stan & Ollie and featuring Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite as its American Express Gala.

Last year’s festival proved to be hugely popular with overall per screen attendance rising by 12%, reaching an audience of 205,630 across London and the UK. Audiences throughout the UK were able to engage with the BFI London Festival through satellite screenings of the World Premiere of Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old, attended by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Matteo Garrone’s Dogman and Mike Leigh’s Peterloo. The BFI LFF Special Presentation of Peterloo also made history as the first festival premiere to be hosted outside of London at HOME Manchester.

In 2018 the BFI London Film Festival welcomed leading lights from across the international film industry. Acting talent supporting films at the festival included: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Alice Lowe, Amandla Stenberg, Andrea Riseborough, Bill Heck, Bill Nighy, Billy Howle, Chris Pine, Dakota Johnson, Daniel Kaluuya, Denise Gough, Dominic West, Emma Stone, Jamie Dornan, Jessica Hynes, Jessie Buckley, John C. Reilly, Julian Barratt, Keira Knightley, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Melissa McCarthy, Mia Goth, Michaela Coel, Michelle Rodriguez, Nicholas Hoult, Nicole Kidman, Olivia Colman, Olivia Cooke, Patricia Clarkson, Richard E. Grant, Rosamund Pike, Sam Riley, Stanley Tucci, Steve Carell, Steve Coogan, Tilda Swinton, Tim Blake Nelson, Timothée Chalamet, Viggo Mortensen, Viola Davis and Zoe Kazan.

Directors presenting their work included: Alfonso Cuarón, Barry Jenkins, Ben Wheatley, Boots Riley, Carol Morley, David Mackenzie, Ethan Coen, Ethan Hawke, Felix van Groeningen, George Tillman Jr, Jason Reitman, Joel Coen, Jon S. Baird, Luca Guadagnino, Michael Moore, Mike Leigh, Nadine Labaki, Paul Dano, Peter Jackson, Peter Strickland, Steve McQueen, Terry Gilliam, Tinge Krishnan, Wanuri Kahiu, Wash Westmoreland and Yorgos Lanthimos.

In a festival first, the LFF’s Competition winners were announced on stage in front of packed public audiences, with the Official Competition (Best Film Award) presented to Sudabeh Mortezai’s Joy and the First Feature Competition (Sutherland Award) presented to Lukas Dhont for Girl. Robert Minervini’s What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? won the Documentary Competition (Grierson Award) and Charlie Lyne’s Lasting Marks took home the Short Film Competition (Short Film Award).

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