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Last chance for budding filmmakers to enter BFI film fest

BFI FILM FESTIVAL: Daniel Kaluuya stars in Steve McQueen's Widows which premiered at the festival last year

THE DEADLINE for submissions for the 2019 BFI London Film Festival is this Friday, June 14 at 5pm.

Earlier this year the BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express confirmed the dates for the Festival’s 63rd edition which will take place from October 2 – 13, led by festival director Tricia Tuttle in her second year leading the team after serving as artistic director in 2018.

Over the last three months feature and short films have been submitted through the BFI London Film Festival website at www.bfi.org.uk/lff from a plethora of directors.

The 62nd edition of the festival, which took place in October last year, celebrated a record-breaking number of female filmmakers, with 38 per cent of the films directed by women and 50 per cent female directors in three of the four competitive categories.

The programme was also widely applauded for its diversity and inclusion, showing films from 77 countries around the world and welcoming 900 international and British filmmakers to present their work.

The festival featured a varied selection of 229 feature films and 159 short films from both established and emerging talent. Of those films, the festival hosted 21 world premieres, nine International premieres and 29 European premieres, with Steve McQueen’s Widows opening the festival.

Last year’s festival proved to be hugely popular with overall per screen attendance rising by 12 per cent, reaching an audience of 205,630 across London and the UK.

In 2018 the BFI London Film Festival welcomed leading lights from across the international film industry. Acting talent supporting films at the festival included: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Alice Lowe, Amandla Stenberg, Andrea Riseborough, Chris Pine, Dakota Johnson and Daniel Kaluuya to name a few.

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.

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