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BFI London Film Festival announce 2018 dates


THE BFI London Film Festival in Partnership announced yesterday (Feb 13) the dates for the Festival’s 62nd edition which will take place at venues across the UK capital from 10 – 21 October 2018.

Submissions for the 2018 BFI London Film Festival are now open. Feature and short films can be submitted through the BFI London Film Festival website at . The final deadline for short films and features is Monday 15 June 2018.

Films entered through open submissions are eligible for Official Competition, Documentary Competition, First Feature Competition and Short Film Competition, provided they meet the other criteria for these sections and with priority given to European and World Premieres.

Already confirmed for 2018 is the World Premiere of Peter Jackson’s new film, restored and colourised from footage shot during the First World War, co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums.

For this 62nd edition Tricia Tuttle, previously the Deputy Head of Festivals, is the Festival’s Artistic Director and Anne-Marie Flynn, previously Head of Business & Industry, is the Festival’s Managing Director. BFI Head of Festivals and the Director of the BFI London Film Festival Clare Stewart, has taken a year-long sabbatical in 2018 after 6 years at the helm.

Last October the BFI London Film Festival presented 374 feature and short films from both established and emerging talent with 68 countries represented. In 2017 the Festival attracted 212,635 overall attendances, a 9% uplift from 2016 due to a significant increase in UK-wide audiences.

Attendances in London reached 182,955, with 29,680 people enjoying the Festival through satellite screenings across the UK of Opening Night film Andy Serkis’ Breathe, Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton’s Battle of the sexes and Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman’s Loving Vincent.

The Festival welcomed over 900 international and British filmmakers to present their work in the programme, ranging from major global superstars and many of the world’s most established directors, to new talents making their first short film.

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