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
http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff

Artistic Director
Mrs. Tricia Tuttle

Year of Foundation 1956

Event Date from 06 October 2021 till 17 October 2021

Event Date Hybrid

in London, United Kingdom

Sections 30 + Virtual Cinema Premieres (BFI Player), Free short films (BFI Player), 8 International Series, 1 Special Series Special Presentation, Virtual Experience Space, XR + Immersive, Episodic Content
Strands: Love, Debate, Laugh, Dare, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Create, Family, Treasures and Experimenta; First Feature Competition, Feature Competition, Documentary Competition
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 2021

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) : 47,000 attendees; sold tickets: 31,000; BFI Player: 24,900 users

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

2021

Headline Gala
SPENCER by Pablo Larraín (DE/GB, Komplizen Film)

Special Presentation
GREAT FREEDOM (GROSSE FREIHEIT) by Sebastian Meise (AT/DE, Rohfilm Productions)

Special Presentation in association with Sight and Sound
MEMORIA by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (CO/MX/FR/GB/TH/DE/CN/CH, Match Factory Productions)

Official Competition
IL BUCO by Michelangelo Frammartino (IT/DE/FR, Essential Filmproduktion)
LINGUI, THE SACRED BOND by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (FR/DE/BE, Made in Germany)

First Feature Competition
PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN by Tatiana Huezo (MX/DE/BR/CH, Match Factory Productions)

Short Film Competition
STILETTO- A PINK FAMILY TRAGEDY  by Can Merdan Dogan(TK/DE)

Create
BERGMAN ISLAND by Mia Hansen-Løve (FR/BE/DE/SE, Bioskop Film)

Dare
LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES by Ahmet Necdet Çupur (FR/DE/TR/QA, Jyoti Films)
NATURAL LIGHT by Dénes Nagy (HU/LV/FR/DE, Propellerfilm)
PETROV'S FLU by Kirill Serebrennikov (RU/CH/FR/DE, Razor Film Produktion)

Debate
AHED’S KNEE by Nadav Lapid (FR/DE/IL, Komplizen Film)
INVISIBLE DEMONS by Rahul Jain (FI/DE, Ma.ja.de)

Expanded: Immersive Art and XR Competition
CAPTURED by Hanna Haaslahti (SF/DE)

Experimenta
DISTURBED EARTH by Didem Pekün (DE/TK/GR/GB, Universität der Künste, Berlin)
FICTIONS by Manuela de Laborde (DE/MX/CD)
LANDSCAPES OF RESISTANCE by Marta Popivoda (SRB/DE/FR, Bocalupo Films)

Family
MARTIN AND THE MAGICAL FOREST by Petr Oukropec (CZ/SK/DE, Leitwolf Filmproduktion)

Journey
MR BACHMANN AND HIS CLASS (HERR BACHMANN UND SEINE KLASSE) by Maria Speth (Madonnen Film)
THE CROSSING (DIE ODYSSEE) by Florence Miailhe (FR/DE/CZ, Balance Film)
WOOD AND WATER by Jonas Bak (Trance Films)

Love
COMPARTMENT NO. 6 by Juho Kuosmanen (FI/RU/EE/DE, Achtung Panda!)
THE GRAVEDIGGER’S WIFE by Khadar Ayderus Ahmed (FI/DE/FR, Twenty Twenty Vision)
WHAT DO WE SEE WHEN WE LOOK AT THE SKY? (WAS SEHEN WIR; WENN WIR ZUM HIMMEL SCHAUEN?) by Alexandre Koberidze (DE/GE, German Film and Television Academy Berlin DFFB)
Thrill
MUNICH: THE EDGE OF WAR (MÜNCHEN IM ANGESICHT DES KRIEGES) by Christian Schwochow (DE/GB, Netflix)

Number of Films Shown 159

Media Coverage 3,500 press and industry professionals

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. Large live-scale event including Royal Festival Hall and BFI Southbank cinemas as new festival venues. The festival is aiming to recover the atmosphere of its pre-pandemic outings, after 2020’s hybrid edition. Select virtual premieres will be hosted on the BFI Player platform, but the majority of public premieres, in-person industry events and press screenings will return. The festival’s main physical hub is also moving from Leicester Square to London’s Southbank, where gala premieres will instead take place at its 2,000 capacity Royal Festival Hall. Concurrent screenings will beam across the UK at 10 LFF partner venues. High-end event with many VIP guests from abroad.

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