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The BFI London Film Festival in Partnership with American Express® today confirmed the dates for the Festival’s 61st anniversary edition which will take place at venues across the UK capital from 4 -15 October 2017.
Submissions for the 2017 BFI London Film Festival are now open. Feature and short films can be submitted through the BFI London Film Festival website at www.bfi.org.uk/lff . The final deadline for short films and features is 5pm, Monday 12 June 2017.
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.
The 60th anniversary edition of the Festival last October presented 397 features and short films and achieved a 16% audience increase with 195,595 admissions, including satellite screenings to UK-wide cinemas for the Opening Night gala of A UNITED KINGDOM and Werner Herzog’s LO & BEHOLD (which was also presented, in a first for the Festival, as a virtual premiere). The Closing Night gala was the European premiere of Ben Wheatley’s FREE FIRE. In total, the Festival presented 587 screenings at 16 venues across the capital.
More than 800 international and British filmmakers attended the Festival to support their films 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.
The Festival remains committed to agenda-setting debate on the future of the film industry, presenting the BFI Black Star Symposium which was launched with a powerful and rousing keynote from David Oyelowo, star of A UNITED KINGDOM and QUEEN OF KATWE.
2016’s prestigious BFI Fellowship, presented at the Festival, recognised the extraordinary talents of British director Steve McQueen, and the Best Film was awarded to Kelly Reichardt’s CERTAIN WOMEN.