Selected International Film Festivals

BFI London Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival
National Film Theatre
South Bank
SE1 8XT London
United Kingdom
phone +44-20-78 15 13 22
fax +44-20-76 33 07 86

Artistic Director
Mrs. Tricia Tuttle

Year of Foundation 1956

Event Date from 07 October 2020 till 18 October 2020

Event Date

in London, United Kingdom

Sections 50 virtual festival premieres for audience to consume from home and up to 12 previews of upcoming films that will screen in cinemas across the U.K. Strands: Love, Debate, Laugh, Dare, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Create, Family, Treasures and Experimenta.
The new XR and immersive strand will take place online and will be free to access.
Every film will be presented with an intro or Q & A; screen talks with major filmmakers and actors.

Terms of Entry no prior exploitation in UK, films may not be older than 12 months prior to festival start, no length restriction, preference will be given to European, international, or world premieres; shorts: 40 min. or less, feature length film: more than 40 min.

Subtitles English subtitles necessary

Format DCP

Registration Deadline International Feature Film and Short Films:
Final: 17 June 2020

Fees International Feature Films: Final: £75; Short Films: Final: £30

Attendance Figures 315,000 viewers across the UK and internationally (physical and virtual screenings); Events and talks program (for free) : 174,000 viewers

Participants of the Film Industry approx. 1,000 international producers, sales agents and distributors, almost all UK distributors attend the screenings. In 2020 the program for industry and media delegates includes virtual buyers‘ and sellers‘ meetings, and talks and events.

Prizes/Awards Audience Award (fiction feature, documentary feature, short film and XR. Audiences will vote instead of festival’s official jury. IWC Schaffhausen Filmmakers Bursary Award (USD 62,360) for Best First or Second Feature of a British writer/director)

German Films


Expanded (Interactive Works)
ILIOS by Marcel Kanapke, Mika Johnson (DE/CZ)
PROPER MOTION by Mike Robbins, Harmke Heezen, Phivos-Angelos Kollias (High Road Stories)

Expanded (360*)

Experimenta (Speculative Features)
PASSAGE by Ann Oren

SIBERIA by Abel Ferrara (IT/DE/MX, maze pictures)

NOTTURNO by Gianfranco Rosi (IT/FR/DE, No Nation Films, Mizzi Stock Entertainment)

NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN by Malgorzata Szumowska (PL/DE, Match Factory Productions)

UNDINE by Christian Petzold (DE/FR, Schramm Film Koerner & Weber)

Number of Films Shown 60 films (of which 54 played virtually via BFI player), 6 films in cinema only joined by 12 festival partners in London and regionally.

Media Coverage 1,136 industry and 1,038 press delegates.

Specific Characteristics Recognized by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) as Non-Competitive Feature Film Festival.

Evaluation The most important festival in the United Kingdom attracting particularly international talents and films. Commercially relevant films in Great Britain are in the line-up and many British distributors use the festival as a kick-off event for their domestic release. Large interest of the local audience for the program. The BFI London Film Festival is to introduce a new works-in-progress showcase and has selected seven projects for the inaugural edition. The platform will form part of the LFF’s industry programme and will introduce upcoming UK films, TV series, and immersive projects to international buyers and festival programmers. The first edition will take place entirely online on October 9 and is intended to become an annual event. Clips will be screened from each of the selected projects – which are all in production, post-production, or near completion – followed by a short Q&A with the director and/or the producer. Access will be by invitation only via a secure platform with two repeat screenings to accommodate international time zones.

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