London Film Festival runs 10-21 October across London.
Member priority booking opens at 10:00 on Thu 06 Sep. Public: 13 September 10am.
Printed guide are available at the BFI and online as a guide pdf (28MB).
The Smoke Screen has taken the weekend to digest, or try to digest, the hefty 2018 London Film Festival programme, which dropped on Thursday 30 August. The 62nd edition of the festival is as jam-packed as can be expected; 225 features, 46 documentaries, four animations, 18 archive restorations and seven artists’ moving image features. The programme also includes 160 short films, and 77 countries are represented across short film and features. A Headline Gala will be presented every night at Cineworld Leicester Square. Films in Official Competition are this year presented at Vue Leicester Square, with Strand Galas presented at the 800-seat Embankment Garden Cinema, with the BFI Southbank venue and other satellte venues around London taking part as usual, including venues in north London. If you are committed, you'll need to be prepared to do some travelling to catch screenings that aren't sold out at quieter venues.
Alongside the Galas, Special Presentations and films in Competition, the Festival will again split own the programming into sections; Love, Debate, Laugh, Dare, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Experimenta, Family and Create – which provide pathways for audiences to navigate the extensive programme. Whats new this year is that the winners in each competition strand- Official, First Feature, Short and Documentary- will be selected by hand-picked juries, and the winners will be revealed in front of a public audience on the evening of Saturday 20 October. Each winning film will be presented as a surprise screening in each category at Vue Leicester Square, preceded on stage by the presentation of the Festival’s official award, the bronze Star of London, in the presence of Artistic Director Tricia Tuttle, the President of the jury and the winning filmmaker.