The New York Film Festival may have just begun, but festival season barrels on, heading back across the pond for the BFI London Film Festival. NYFF and LFF share a number of titles this year — Sofia Coppola's Priscilla, David Fincher's The Killer, Yorgos Lanthimos' Poor Things, and Hayao Miyazaki's The Boy and the Heron, to name a few — while the latter will host the international premiere of Saltburn, from Oscar winner Emerald Fennell.

The London Film Festival also boasts world premieres of The Book of Clarence, starring Oscar nominees Benedict Cumberbatch and LaKeith Stanfield; Aardman Animations' much-anticipated Chicken Run sequel, Dawn of the Nugget, from Oscar nominee Sam Fell; and Daniel Kaluuya's directorial debut, The Kitchen, a dystopian drama that the Oscar-winning actor helmed with Kibwe Tavares.

Of this year's offerings, festival director Kristy Matheson said, "My colleagues and I have been endlessly buoyed by the artistry, ideas, and talented individuals and communities that have come into our orbit. It's now time to share all this wonder, and we can't wait for audiences to experience it all this October here in London and across the UK with LFF on Tour and online at BFI Player."

When and where is this year's festival?

The 67th BFI London Film Festival runs from Oct. 4-15 at BFI Southbank and the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, as well as in cinemas and venues across central London and nine partner cinemas across the UK.


Which films are screening at the LFF?

235 films are programmed to screen during the festival, including 29 world premieres, seven international premieres, and 30 European premieres. LFF programmers have curated the films into "thematic strands" such as Love, Laugh, Dare, and Experimenta, among others, in addition to this year's Headline Galas and Special Presentations.

Headline Galas

Opening Night Gala
Saltburn, directed by Emerald Fennell

American Express Gala
One Life, directed by James Hawes

Cunard Gala
The Holdovers, directed by Alexander Payne

The Mayor of London's Gala
Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget, directed by Sam Fell

Closing Night Gala
The Kitchen, directed by Kibwe Tavares and Daniel Kaluuya

All of Us Strangers, directed by Andrew Haigh
The Bikeriders, directed by Jeff Nichols
The Book of Clarence, directed by Jeymes Samuel
The Killer, directed by David Fincher
Killers of the Flower Moon, directed by Martin Scorsese
Maestro, directed by Bradley Cooper
May December, directed by Todd Haynes
Nyad, directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin
Poor Things, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Special Presentations

The Boy And The Heron, directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Cobweb, directed by Kim Jee-woon
The End We Start From, directed by Mahalia Belo
Fallen Leaves, directed by Aki Kaurismäki
Foe, directed by Garth Davis
Grime Kids, directed by Abdou Cisse (Series Special Presentation)
Hit Man, directed by Richard Linklater
Housekeeping for Beginners, directed by Goran Stolevski
Les indésirables, directed by Ladj Ly
Memory, directed by Michel Franco
Occupied City, directed by Steve McQueen
Priscilla, directed by Sofia Coppola
The Zone of Interest, directed by Jonathan Glazer

What are the LFF Awards?

The festival awards four jury-voted prizes: Best Film Award, Sutherland Award (for "the most original and imaginative directorial debut"), Grierson Award (for "documentaries with integrity, originality and social or cultural significance"), and the Short Film Award. Winners will be announced on Oct. 15. There are also four Audience Awards: For Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best British Film or Work, and Best XR.

Here are the films in competition:

Official Competition

Baltimore, directed by Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor
Dear Jassi, directed by Tarsem Singh Dhandwar
Europa, directed by Sudabeh Mortezai
Evil Does Not Exist, directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Fingernails, directed by Christos Nikou
Gasoline Rainbow, directed by Bill Ross Iv and Turner Ross
I Am Sirat, directed by Deepa Mehta and Sirat Taneja
The Royal Hotel, directed by Kitty Green
Self Portrait: 47 Km 2020, directed by Zhang Mengqi
Starve Acre, directed by Daniel Kokotajlo
Together 99, directed by Lukas Moodysson

First Feature Competition

Black Dog, directed by George Jaques
Earth Mama, directed by Savanah Leaf
Hoard, directed by Luna Carmoon
In Camera, directed by Naqqash Khalid
Mambar Pierrette, directed by Rosine Mbakam
Paradise Is Burning, directed by Mika Gustafson
Pena Cordillera, directed by Felipe Carmona
The Queen of My Dreams, directed by Fawzia Mirza
Sky Peals, directed by Moin Hussain
Tiger Stripes, directed by Amanda Nell Eu
Tuesday, directed by Daina O. Pusić

Documentary Competition

Bye Bye Tiberias, directed by Lina Soualem
Celluloid Underground, directed by Ehsan Khoshbakht
Chasing Chasing Amy, directed by Sav Rodgers
A Common Sequence, directed by Mary Helena Clark and Mike Gibisser
Dancing on the Edge of the Volcano, directed by Cyril Aris
The Klezmer Project, directed by Leandro Koch and Paloma Schachmann
Queendom, directed by Agniia Galdanova
The Taste of Mango, directed by Chloe Abrahams

Short Film Competition

The Archive: Queer Nigerians, directed by Simisolaoluwa Akande
Area Boy, directed by Iggy London
Boat People, directed by Kjell Boersma
Essex Girls, directed by Yero Timi-biu
The Goose's Excuse, directed by Mahdy Abo Bahat
Khabur, directed by Nafis Fathollahzadeh
Onset, directed by Anna Engelhardt and Mark Cinkevich
The Singer, directed by Cora Bissett
The Walk, directed by Michael Jobling
Wells of Despair, directed by Sata Taas

What else is going on?

LFF will host a number of in-depth interviews as part of its Screen Talks series. This year's slate includes filmmakers Emerald Fennell, Kitty Green, Martin Scorsese, and Andrew Haigh, all of whom have new works programmed at the festival, as well as Greta Gerwig (discussing the impact of Barbie) and Lulu Wang (to discuss her new series, Expats).

How can I get tickets?

Tickets start from £10 for all screenings and events in London and are on sale now.


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