BFI London Film Festival 2016


I am super excited to announce that I am going to be attending parts of the 2016 London Film Festival. It is taking place from 5-16th October 2016. I will be in London from the 5th to the 8th October. Although the 5th will be taken up by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part I and II.


That night will also see the start of the festival with the Premiere of A United Kingdom staring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo, so hopefully I will get tickets to see that one on a different day (depending how scheduling works). It sounds like it is going to be a good emotional film to watch.

I think you should therefore be prepared for plenty of blog posts before, during and after the event. Shame I couldn’t have stayed for more days but it is really expensive to stay in London. With exclusive film reviews and hopefully photos from some film Premiere’s as well (my attempted premiere attending has not been the best at all).

I have become a member of BFI and mainly to get priority booking for tickets when they go on sale in September. I was lucky enough to catch one film last year and I hoping I will be able to fit plenty in each of the days and really maximise my time in watching the films. I have certainly made sure my hotel has good WiFi and apparently the cafe area has Superfast WiFi lets hope so with the blogging I will be doing!

I might even have a look back at films that have previously won the Best Film of the Festival award and had Premiere’s at the event.

If anyone who regularly attends Film Festivals has any advice that would be very much appreciated!

6 thoughts on “BFI London Film Festival 2016

  1. Really pleased you have joined the BFI, certainly the best way to book before public booking opens. I always look forward to the festival brochure arriving at the beginning of September. Last year the opening film (Suffragette) was also screened the following morning at the Odeon LS, so hopefully the same will happen this year. I know you will enjoy the festival (and Harry Potter). There is always a great buzz around the screenings and I’m sure this will become a regular spot in your film going diary!

    Usually the BFI announce further films to be shown (Closing Night and Galas) before the full programme in September. Some of the screenings sell out very quickly, particularly Galas and evening performances. If you don’t get tickets for films that you really want to see it’s always worth checking at the cinema 30 minutes or earlier before the film starts as a lot of the distribution and production companies return their allocations.

    In addition to the various directors and actors who attend their screening it’s always worth keeping an eye open for “stars” who just go as members of the public to watch the films. I’ve seen John Hurt, Jim Broadbent, Mike Leigh, Charlie Brooker and Jenny Agutter at screenings.

    I know you are at the festival for a short time and you will want to see as many films as possible. I try to see no more than three a day and even that can be quite tiring, and expensive! Finally, if you haven’t seen The BFI channel on YouTube it’s well worth a look.

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    • Thanks for the advice that’s really helpful :-). I know it’s going to be an expensive trip, I mean hotels anyway. When I can book my train home looking at 8pm to fit even more in on the Saturday. Roll on ticket booking!


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