BFI London Film Festival

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BFI London Film Festival is the UK's largest public film festival. The Festival is celebrating its 55th birthday in 2011 and is bringing many films to London for the first time. featuring films from around the world this is an event with an international focus that also promotes the work of British film makers.

Rumours

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Lineup and highlights

Here are the 2012 highlights to look our for:

OPENING NIGHT FILM

The opening night film will be Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, with the festival also hosting The Art Of Frakenweenie Exhibition from 17 to 21st October. More information on this can be found here

CLOSING NIGHT FILM

The closing night film will be the European premier of the latests Charles Dickens adaptation, directed by Mike Newell. This production sees Helen Bonham Carter take on the infamous Miss Havisham, and Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch. More information can be viewed here.

A full list of films can be found here, and a list of our suggested highlights can be found in this news story.

Other news updates to be aware off

  • The Rolling Stones will walk the red carpet as the festival will host the world premiere of thier documentary.

Vibe

The festival screens over 300 features, documentaries, shorts and animations from almost 50 nations. While the event is largely attended by industry personnel, the event is also open to the public.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased from the official website, apart from tickets to see Frankenweenie which can be purchased on ShowFilmFirst from 27th September, the other tickets are as follows:

BFI Southbank, Ciné Lumière, Curzon Mayfair, Renoir, Hackney Picturehouse, ICA, Rich Mix, Ritzy, Everyman Screen on the Green

All tickets £11.50

Vue West End

  • Standard screenings £15.00

Odeon West End

  • Standard screenings £15.00
  • Galas £19.00
  • Official Competition screenings £19.00

Odeon Leicester Square

  • Galas £25.00
  • Opening and Closing Galas £30.00

Empire

  • Standard screenings £19.00
  • Archive Gala £19.00
  • Galas £25.00

Screen Talks £17.50

Masterclasses £15.00

Weekday matinees at all venues (screenings starting prior to 17:00) £8.00

Concessions (seniors, students, unwaged and disabled visitors on proof of valid ID) Weekday matinee screenings £6.50

Child tickets (under 16) Weekday matinee screenings £5.00

Child tickets for Family Gala £7.00 (maximum 3 child tickets per adult ticket purchased)

Other events individually priced, tickets can be purchased via the official website.

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Children

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Disability Access

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Location

BFI London Film Festival is held at various locations around the capital city, the best and easiest way to reach each venue is to use London's public transport network:

Local Information

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Trivia

In 1956 a group of film critics including Dilys Powell of the Sunday Times, raised the notion of a film festival for London. They reasoned that with Cannes and Venice having their festivals, as did Edinburgh, so surely London should too.

The first London Film Festival was conceived by the then BFI British Film Institute Director James Quinn, and took place at the NFT (National Film Theatre, now renamed BFI Southbank) from 16–26 October.

Past lineups

2011 360, The artost, A Dangerous Method, The Descendants. Tales Of The Night, The Ides Of March, 50/50, Bernie, Carnage, Miss Bala, Once Upon A Time In Anatolia, Dreams Of A Life, How To Re-establish A Vodka Empire, Lotus Eaters, The Somnambulists, Weekend, 17 Girls, A Cat in Paris, The Art of Love, Last Screening, Rebellion, Amador, Bernadette: notes on a political journey, Elenam,The Fatherless, The Magicians