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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 07 October 2020 till 18 October 2020

in London, United Kingdom

Sections Opening + Closing Nights and Galas, Official and Documentary Competition, Film on the Square, New British Cinema, Cinema Europe, World, Experimenta, Treasures from the Archives, Shorts, Guardian Interviews, Masterclasses

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 Films:
Early: 29 March 2019
Regular: 31 May 2019
Late: 14 June 2019

Short Films:
Regular: 31 May 2019
Late: 14 June 2019

Fees International Feature Films: Early £45, Regular £60, Late £75; Short Films: Regular £20, Late £30

Attendance Figures 179,000 161.000 were public attandances, 18.000 admissions were press and industry

Participants of the Film Industry approx. 1000 international producers, sales agents and distributors, almost all UK distributors attend the screenings

Prizes/Awards Best Film Award (with American Express), Best Documentary (the Grierson Award), Best First Feature Film (the Sutherland Award), IWC Schaffhausen Filmmakers Bursary Award (£50.000) for Best First or Second Feature of a British writer/director)

German Films


2019

Special Presentations
THE CAVE by Feras Fayyad (DK/DE, ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion)

Official Competition
FANNY LYE DELIVER’D by Thomas Clay (GB/DE, Essential Film)
MONOS by Alejandro Landes (CO/AR/NL/DE/UY/FR, Pandora Filmproduktion)
THE PERFECT CANDIDATE by Haifaa Al-Mansour (SA/DE, Razor Film Produktion)

Documentary Competition
CUNNINGHAM by Alla Kovgan (DE/US/FR, Achtung Panda! media)

First Feature Competition
RELATIVITY (MEIN ENDE. DEIN ANFANG) by Mariko Minoguchi (TRIMAFILM)

Create
TALKING ABOUT TREES by Suhaib Gasmelbari (FR/SD/DE/TD/QA, Made in Germany Filmproduktion)

Dare
LITTLE JOE by Jessica Hausner (AT/GB/DE, Essential Filmproduktion)
SYSTEM CRASHER (SYSTEMSPRENGER) by Nora Fingscheidt (Kineo Filmproduktion, Weydemann Bros., Oma Inge Film)
THE MIRACLE OF THE SARGASSO SEA (DAS WUNDER IM MEER VON SARGASSO) by Syllas Tzoumerkas (GR/DE/NL/SE, unafilm)

Debate
A HIDDEN LIFE by Terrence Malick (DE/US, Studio Babelsberg)
MARTIN EDEN by Pietro Marcello (IT/DE/FR)

Family
MY EXTRAORDINARY SUMMER WITH TESS (MEINE WUNDERBARE SELTSAME WOCHE MIT TESS) by Steven Wouterlood (NL/DE, ostlicht filmproduktion)

Journey
THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF EURÍDICE GUSMÃO by Karim Aïnouz (BR/DE, Pola Pandora)
THE ORPHANAGE by Shahrbanoo Sadat (DK/DE/LU/FR/AF, Adomeit Film)

Laugh
IT MUST BE HEAVEN by Elia Suleiman (FR/DE/CA/TK, Pallas Film)

Love
LARA by Jan Ole Gerster (Schiwago Filmproduktion)

Thrill
ONLY THE ANIMALS by Dominik Moll (FR/DE, Razor Film Produktion)
THE TRAITOR by Marco Bellocchio (IT/FR/BR/DE, Match Factory Productions)
THE WHISTLERS by Corneliu Porumboiu (RO/FR/DE, Komplizen Film)

Treasures
STAR-CROSSED LOVERS (KÖNIGSKINDER) by Frank Beyer (DEFA)

Thrill – Shorts
DÜRRENWAID 8 by Ines Christine Geißer, Kirsten Carina Geißer

Cult – Shorts
NIMIC by Yorgos Lanthimos (DE/GB/US)

Experimenta – Shorts
HAND IN HAND by Ming Wong (SN/CN/DE)
UNCONTROLLABLE UNIVERSE by James Richards (DE/GB)

Animated Shorts for Younger Audiences
NEST by Sonja Rohleder

Number of Films Shown 18 world premieres, 9 international premieres and 35 European premieres. Overall 248 films from 70 countries. 772 attending filmmakers.

Media Coverage over 1000 national and international accredited journalists, broad response from the English print media and TV channels as well as international press, mainly specialist publications

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.

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