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BANFF Film Festival
London Indian Film Festival
London Bicycle Film Festival
London Bicycle Film Festival
London Bicycle Film Festival
London International Animation Festival
London International Animation Festival
London Film Festivals
The BFI London Film Festival
London Film Festivals
London Film Festivals
London Film Festivals
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London Film Festivals
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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Sundance London
Film still from 'Gandu'
Portobello Film Festival
Portobello Film Festival
Raindance Film Festival
Film Still: 'We Love Bikes' - Dir. Palle Denmant
Film still from Line of Sight directed by Benny Zenga
Film Still: 'Make The Move' - Dir. Alec Birkbeck
The BFI London Film Festival
Freida Pinto as Trishna - By Michael Winterbottom
The BFI London Film Festival
The Bill Bailey Animation
London International Animation Festival
The Easter Film Hop
The Easter Film Hop
The Easter Film Hop
BFI Future Film Festival
London Short Film Festival
 

 

From cinematic blockbusters to cult classics and intriguing shorts, London is constantly rolling out the red carpet for the silver screen.

 
 

BFI Future Film Festival

Ideal for anyone looking for a leg-up into the film business

BFI Future Film Festival Showcasing the work of young filmmakers, the BFI Future Film Festival returns for its seventh year this February and once again offers a packed programme of workshops, masterclasses, networking opportunities and screenings designed to inspire and develop film knowledge. Focusing on fiction, animation and documentary, young filmmakers are invited to submit their short films in each category for consideration at the Future Film Awards - the best will be shown to a panel of industry experts who will offer their advice and feedback. For anyone looking for a leg-up into the film business - whether you're advanced or a beginner, a writer or a producer - this is a must. 2014-02-212014-02-23 Where:
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank London, SE1 8XT
Category: Film Events

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 21st - 23rd February 2014

 

The 6th BFI Future Film Festival returns to the BFI Southbank this February with a long-weekend of workshops, masterclasses, networking opportunities, screenings and Q&As designed to inspire and develop your film knowledge and skills. Saturday focuses on fiction, Sunday is all about animation, and Monday delves into documentary. Young filmmakers are invited to submit their short films in each category for consideration at the Future Film Awards - the best will be shown in front of a panel of industry experts who will offer their advice and feedback. For anyone looking for a leg-up into the film business - whether your advanced or a beginner, a writer or a producer - this a must.

 
 
 

London Short Film Festival

Buzzing, edgy and often decadent event from start to finish

 

London Short Film Festival brings you all the craziest, most avant-garde stuff from this scene. Taking place at variety of cinemas and venues across town including its usual haunts of the ICA, Curzon Soho and Hackney Picturehouse as well as Roxy Bar and Screen and the Cine Lumiere. Last year the festival had weird and wonderful offerings such as Funny Sh*t and F***ed up Love. This year the films include Night of the Living Docs, Lights, Camera, Access and Lo-Budget Mayhem - "from bad taste depravity to no-budget lunacy" (you get the idea). This really is an ultra buzzing, decidedly edgy and often decadent event from start to finish, accompanied by training sessions, drunken bashes, live music and awards.

 
 
 

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

This collection of adventure, action and environmental films creates an adrenaline-packed programme.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour The most breathtaking and inspiring collection of adventure, action sports and environmental films returns to the UK for a ift adrenaline-packed year in 2014. The bumper week-long London leg of the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to the Union Chapel for seven nights of mind-blowing films, shorts and documentaries paying homage to the great outdoors. Showcasing remote landscapes, vibrant cultures and extreme sports such as hiking, biking, skiing, climbing, paragliding and kayaking, the festival draws on some of the world's best film makers and accomplished outdoor heroes to celebrate the wonders of the natural world through film. Suitable for dreamers, adventurers, environmentalists and anyone prone to wanderlust, this three-day festival basks in exhilarating imagery from some of earth's last great wild places. 2014-03-052014-03-15 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Film Events

Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 

Dates: 05th - 15th March 2014

 

The most breathtaking and inspiring collection of adventure, action sports and environmental films returns to the UK for a fourth adrenaline-packed year in 2013. The bumper week-long London leg of the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to the Union Chapel for seven nights of mind-blowing films, shorts and documentaries paying homage to the great outdoors. Showcasing remote landscapes, vibrant cultures and extreme sports such as hiking, biking, skiing, climbing, paragliding and kayaking, the festival draws on some of the world's best film makers and accomplished outdoor heroes to celebrate the wonders of the natural world through film. Suitable for dreamers, adventurers, environmentalists and anyone prone to wanderlust, this three-day festival basks in exhilarating imagery from some of earth's last great wild places. For a great taster, check out the awesome trailer video on www.banff-uk.com.

 
 
 

The Easter Film Hop

Movies, cocktails and toe tapping fun.

 

Sing along to Grease, dance along to Dirty Dancing and don your finest fancy dress for The Easter Film Hop, three days of film screenings and cocktails to inject some toe tapping fun into your Easter weekend. Leonard Street Car Park in Shoreditch becomes an outdoor cinema, bar and silent disco dance floor as the Book Club and Experience Cinema team up to bring you a brand new event for Easter. Fancy dress is optional but don't worry if you forget your wig, they're providing a dressing up box full of 1970's and '80's clothes. And Frame dance and fitness studio will be giving dance lessons given before each screening so you can bop along to the Film Hop tunes. The finale on Sunday 31st March is dedicated to prince of pop, Prince (who made a rare appearance at the recent Grammys), with a concert style screening of the 1984 cult classic, Purple Rain.

 
 
 

Sundance London

The spin off of America's indie film festival showcases films screened at the Utah festival in January.

Sundance London Bringing three days of original film and an expanded filmmaker development programme, Sundance London returns to The O2 for the third year in April 2014. The UK spinoff of America's indie film festival founded by Robert Redford in 1987 will showcase films screened at the Utah-based film festival in January. As well as screenings celebrating independent filmmakers, the festival includes a short film competition on the theme of 'Making a go of it' and a workshop for aspiring short filmmakers. 2014-04-252014-04-27 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Film Events

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 25th - 27th April 2014

 

Following the success of the first ever Sundance London film and music festival last year, the event returns to The O2 for four days in April 2013. The spin off of America's indie film festival founded by Robert Redford in 1987 will showcase films screened at the Utah-based film festival in January. Last year the film festival brought 27 film screenings, including many European premieres, and performances by 17 musical acts. Prince Charles attended one of the premieres, and Rufus and Martha Wainwright performed live following the world premiere of Lian Lunson's film about the music of their mother. If last year's format is repeated, audiences will be treated to thought-provoking panel discussions featuring industry experts, live music performances, screenings and panel discussions.

 
 
 

London Indian Film Festival

Celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema with a varied programme from the world's most prolific film producing nation

London Indian Film Festival There's cause for celebration at this year's London Indian Film Festival, which commemorates 100 years of Indian cinema. A century ago, on 3rd May 1913, marked the release of the silent film 'Raja Harishchandra', considered to be the first Indian feature film produced. 100 years on and India is now the world's largest democracy, second largest population and also the world's most prolific film producing nation (releasing around 1,000 pictures a year - that's twice as many as Hollywood). LIFF aims to dispel the myth that this is an industry is confined to the Bollywood stereotype by putting on a far-reaching programme of events that includes thrillers, dramas, comedies, short films, documentaries and - of course - its fair share of song-and-dance blockbusters. LIFF is held at the BFI Southbank and selected cinemas all over the capital. You can also expect seminars, Q&As and live music events throughout the eight-day bonanza. 2013-07-182013-07-25 Where:
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank London, SE1 8XT
Category: Film Events

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 18th - 25th July 2013

 

There's cause for celebration at this year's London Indian Film Festival, which commemorates 100 years of Indian cinema. A century ago, on 3rd May 1913, marked the release of the silent film 'Raja Harishchandra', considered to be the first Indian feature film produced. 100 years on and India is now the world's largest democracy, second largest population and also the world's most prolific film producing nation (releasing around 1,000 pictures a year - that's twice as many as Hollywood). LIFF aims to dispel the myth that this is an industry is confined to the Bollywood stereotype by putting on a far-reaching programme of events that includes thrillers, dramas, comedies, short films, documentaries and - of course - its fair share of song-and-dance blockbusters. LIFF is held at the BFI Southbank and selected cinemas all over the capital. You can also expect seminars, Q&As and live music events throughout the eight-day bonanza. 

 
 
 

Portobello Film Festival

Created in 1996, this festival aims to provide a platform for exciting new filmmakers.

Portobello Film Festival Created in 1996 as a reaction to the state of the British Film industry, the Portobello Film Festival was set up with the aim of providing a platform for exciting new film-makers and to this day gives daring and ground-breaking directors a chance to get their films seen. The programme usually features around 600 new films split into numerous categories, including art, music movies, documentary and world film, screening films from different countries across the globe. The festival hasn't always had an easy ride and has even found itself without a cinema screen at times but screening in parks, theatres, clubs and bars have all added to the diverse nature of the event. With annual premieres of shorts, documentaries and animations, plus lots of talks and workshops with top film directors, the Portobello Film Festival is an exciting event in any film fanatic's diary. screenings at The Inn On The Green and Westbourne Studios, where there will also be a Video Cafe for films to be brought along on the night. 2015-09-032015-09-14 Where:
Portobello Road, Portobello Road London, W11 1LJ
Category: Film Events

Portobello Road, Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 1LJ

Tube: Ladbroke Grove Station

 

Dates: 3rd to 14th September 2015

 

Created in 1996 as a reaction to the state of the British Film industry, the Portobello Film Festival aims to provide a platform for new exciting film-makers and to give daring and ground-breaking directors a chance to get their films seen. The festival hasn't had an easy ride and has even found itself without a cinema screen at times but screening in parks, theatres, clubs and bars have all added to the diverse nature of the event. With annual premieres of shorts, documentaries and animations, plus lots of talks and workshops with top film directors, the Portobello Film Festival is an exciting event in any film fanatic's diary.

 
 
 

Raindance Film Festival

Still going strong after more than 20 years, this indie event boasts feature films and cutting-edge documentaries.

Raindance Film Festival The Raindance Film Festival, described by The Guardian as "the indie-est film festival this side of the Atlantic", is the UK's largest independent films festival and it's been going for over 20 years. The festival, which also played a role in founding the British Independent Films Awards in 1998, mixes famous names and rising stars appearing in films made with small budgets. This year's line-up includes the world premiere of Soho Cigarette (30th September), a low-budget black and white film set entirely in London's Soho. Directed by Jon Fairbairn, the film follows Italian lothario D who, after being kicked out by his girlfriend, spends all his money on a classic old Mercedes but soon learns that it has a dark owner history. Further screenings include DirtyMoney, Leo Roberts as he is seduced and corrupted by the criminal rewards of London's high-class underground sex industry; One For Ten, a series of documentaries which focus on individuals who were innocent and on death row; and The Vessel, a British webseries about being a surrogate for gay best friends. All films are screened at the Apollo Cinema in Piccadilly Circus. 2013-09-252013-10-06 Where:
Apollo Piccadilly, 19 Lower Regent Street London, SW1Y 4LR
Category: Film Events

Apollo Piccadilly, 19 Lower Regent Street, St James's, London, SW1Y 4LR

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 25th September - 06th October 2013

 

The Raindance Film Festival, described by The Guardian as "the indie-est film festival this side of the Atlantic", is the UK's largest independent films festival and it's been going for over 20 years. The festival, which also played a role in founding the British Independent Films Awards in 1998, mixes famous names and rising stars appearing in films made with small budgets. The full line-up has yet to be announced but you can expect a wide choice of feature films and cutting-edge documentaries. Last year there were more than 90 UK premieres from 36 countries, including over 30 international premieres, and a further 150 shorts, cementing Raindances position as on of Europe's top independent film festivals. All films are screened at the Apollo Cinema in Piccadilly Circus, except for the Opening Night which is usually a premiere followed by an after-party with live music. For more details visit www.raindance.co.uk.

 
 
 

London Bicycle Film Festival

Originating in New York, the BFF is now a firm fixture in the London calendar.

London Bicycle Film Festival Originating in New York City in 2000, the Bicycle Film Festival (BFF) has become a firm fixture in the London calendar and returns for its thirteenth season in 2013. The festival celebrates bicycle culture across 45 cities around the world, bringing together creative communities from the fields of fashion, music, art and design, plus various cycling communities. As well as a programme of short films and documentaries, screened at the Barbican Centre, the festival celebrates the bicycle through a series of quirky events including the annual Bike Polo tournament, velojam, bike rides and a cycling symposium. With back-to-back British wins in the Tour de France, plus last summer's Olympic excitement from the Velodrome still fresh in the mind, visitors to the 2013 Bicycle Film Festival could well reach record numbers. 2013-10-032013-10-06 Where:
Barbican Screen, Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Film Events

Barbican Screen, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 03rd - 06th October 2013

 

Originating in New York City in 2000, the Bicycle Film Festival (BFF) has become a firm fixture in the London calendar and returns for its tenth season in 2013. As well as a programme of short films and documentaries, screened at the Barbican Centre, the festival celebrates the bicycle through a series of quirky events including Roller Racing, the annual Bike Polo tournament, BMX jams, bike rides and interactive activities. With Bradley Wiggins' Tour de France win and last summer's excitement in the Velodrome still fresh in the mind, visitors to the 2013 Bicycle Film Festival could well reach record numbers.

 
 
 

The BFI London Film Festival

Hollywood players and indie filmmakers flock from around the globe to enjoy this festival's extensive programme.

BFI London Film Festival Every October London rolls out the red carpet for the BFI London Film Festival when Hollywood players and Indie film-makers from around the globe come to London. Having enjoyed its biggest turn out ever last year - with 163,000 people attending - the festival is set to be a highlight of the cultural calendar. The excellent film programme includes many world premieres and Hollywood blockbusters shown at the famous Leicester Square cinemas as well as more intimate screenings of independent and foreign language films shown at the BFI Southbank and selected cinemas across town. The programme also includes correlating events, informal post-screening Q&As, guest appearances, workshops and masterclasses. 2015-10-072015-10-18 Where:
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank London, SE1 8XT
Category: Film Events

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 7th to 18th October 2015

 

Every October the BFI Southbank and selected cinemas across London host the BFI London Film Festival attracting Hollywood players and Indie film-makers from around the globe. It's the 57th year of the festival, which last year got a new director in Clare Stewart, previously in charge of the Sydney Film Festival. Following the shake-up, the 2012 event contained several new elements: as well as 225 films (including 14 world premieres) shown over 12 days, gala films and celebrity-studded ceremonies, a commendable amount of programme time was given over to small independent films, foreign language cinema, documentary work, animation and BFI National Archive classics. An excellent film programme is usually enhanced by a number of correlating events, such as informal post-screening Q&As, guest appearances, workshops and masterclasses. The 2013 programme is yet to be announced but the 2012 highlights include Dustin Hoffman's directing debut, Quartet, and Crossfire Hurricane, the first comprehensive film portrait of The Rolling Stones, from acclaimed documentary filmmaker Brett Morgen.

 
 
 

London International Animation Festival

This creative showcase dispels the myth that animation is little more than cartoons for children.

London International Animation Festival The London International Animation Festival is a showcase of creative animation taking place at the Barbican and throughout the city with gala premieres, Q&As, workshops and the Best of the Festival screening. Now in its eleventh year, the Festival aims to dispel the myth that animation is little more than cartoons for children by screening a broad range of entertaining and provocative films from across the planet. The UK's largest festival of its kind, LIAF features a comprehensive ten-day programme featuring the best of the international indie animation scene, encapsulating every style, genre and technique possible, with over 200 films including many British premieres. Children and adults also get the opportunity to take part in a drop-in animation workshop and the LIAF Flipbook challenge lead by acclaimed animator Elizabeth Hobbs during the afternoon of 25th October 2014. 2014-10-242014-11-02 Where:
Barbican Screen, Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Film Events

Barbican Screen, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 24th October - 02nd November 2014

 

LIAF is a showcase of creative animation taking place throughout the city with gala premieres, Q&As, workshops and the Best of the Festival screening. The Festival aims to dispel the myth that animation is little more than cartoons for children by screening a broad range of entertaining and provocative films from across the planet. LIAF features a comprehensive ten-day programme featuring the best of the international indie animation scene, encapsulating every style, genre and technique possible.  

 
 
 
 
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