Fest Prin­ci­ples

LFF Make the most of Lon­don’s big­gest film fest with our four-step guide…

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The most pop­u­lar films of the fes­ti­val will al­ways be the open­ing and clos­ing gala screen­ings, which this year in­clude Andy Serkis’ di­rec­to­rial de­but Breathe. The other big event, though, is the sur­prise film, an odds-on awards favourite that is kept a com­plete mys­tery un­til the lights go down.


Tick­ets sell fast, but those will­ing to pay £45 in ad­vance to be­come a BFI mem­ber will be af­forded pri­or­ity book­ing. Oth­er­wise, an­other wave of tick­ets is re­leased nearer open­ing night and, if all else fails, the re­turns queue of­ten reaps re­wards for those who turn up early on the day.


With more than 200 fea­ture films shown, there are many ob­scure trea­sures to find that won’t sell out. Al­ter­na­tively, take the op­por­tu­nity to see an old ti­tle re­stored, which this year in­cludes 1928’s silent Taj Ma­hal drama Shi­raz, or one of the sev­eral film­maker Q&As and tal­ent screen talks.


If noth­ing else, the LFF is a great op­por­tu­nity to visit some swish West End cin­e­mas and a few spec­tac­u­lar Lon­don venues slightly fur­ther afield. At­tend­ing any screen­ing sur­rounded by like-minded films buffs in an en­vi­ron­ment ded­i­cated to cinema is guar­an­teed to beat a trip to your lo­cal mul­ti­plex.

ETA | 4-15 oc­To­bEr / ThE lon­don Film FEs­Ti­vAl kicks oFF This Au­Tumn.

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