BFI London Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival

Established in 1956 the 50 year old Times BFI London Film Festival is Europe's largest public film event and runs for two weeks every autumn, showcasing the best in contemporary cinema from around the world at venues across London. The BFI also runs the annual London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival each spring. Both festivals tour extensively across the UK.

The London Film Festival is split into a number of 'strands'- Film on the Square; New British Cinema; French Revolutions; Cinema Europa; World Cinema; Experimenta; Short Cuts and Animation. The selected films are a mix of features, documentaries, shorts, and animation - all of which must be UK premieres. 

Although non-competitive, the British Film Institute awards the Sutherland Trophy to the maker of the most original and imaginative first feature film screened during the festival.

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