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61st BFI London Film Festival Opens 4th – 15th October 2017

The BFI London Film Festival is the UK’s most prestigious film festival and I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the BFI London Film Festival Launch event on 31st August.  I have to admit that this festival definitely has something to satisfy everyone’s taste.

This year’s programme will feature 28 World Premieres, 9 International Premieres and 34 European Premieres, with many A-List Actors, Directors and other big industry names in attendance.

The 2017 programme includes a range of features;

  • 46 Documentaries
  • 6 Animations
  • 14 Archive restorations
  • 16 Artists’ Moving Image Features
  • 128 Short Films


10 Facts about the 2017 BFI Film Festival

  1. Short Films and Features from 67 Countries will be shown at this year’s festival
  2. Each evening includes a Headline Gala Presentation at Odeon Leicester Square
  3. There are 11 strands of films being shown, these are – CompetitionLove StrandDebate Strand – Laugh Strand –  Dare Strand  – Thrill Strand  – Cult Strand  – Journey Strand  – Family Strand.
  4. Create Strand – is a new strand introduced this year, to showcase London as one of the world’s leading creative cities.
  5. The 820 seat Embankment Garden Cinema is back, after a successful launch in 2016.
  6. The LFF Connects will give audiences an opportunity to hear some of the world’s creative leaders speak, big names include; Nitin Sawhney, Ian McEwan and Cate Blanchett and many more.
  7. BFI London Film Festival is one of the very few film festivals to be staged in a production capital city.
  8. The festival encourages the exchange of ideas and debate on how filmmaking reflects society, as well as the debate on current social and political issues – talking points this year include; LGBT, Black Star, Immigration & Social Division, Strong Women and Deafness and disability, amongst other issues.
  9. 61 Woman Directors are represented across the feature section – 25% of the whole programme.
  10. Tickets are available individually, as family tickets with special £5 Rush Tickets are available for the under 25’s.


Want to find out more about the BFI London Film Festival or wish to buy tickets – Click here

Also keep up to date with the festival on social media – twitter @BFI  Facebook  Page or YouTube 

Enjoy the festival, either in person or live it via the social media feeds and catch the films later 😉

Chanel 🙂

Chanel Williams

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