1 September: Programme revealed 6 September: Priority booking for BFI Champions 7 September: Priority booking for BFI Members 13 September: Tickets on sale 5-16 October: The Festival takes place 14-23 October: The Festival continues on BFI Player
The full programme for the 2020 London Film Festival has now been announced. I will be looking to do more in-depth posts over the next few weeks in the build up to the festival surrounding the films that are listed.
That’s right I have been approved as press for the 2020 BFI London Film Festival which is super exciting and something I have wanted to try and do for a few years now. Obviously this years is going to be a little bit different with majority moving online, which works out very well for me being in the North East.
This is truly fantastic news that Ammonite will be closing the London Film Festival. The first railer for the film was only released yesterday so this is great to know. Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan in a film together is certainly going to be very special to watch!
The BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is delighted to announce that this year’s closing film will be the biopic Ammonite, directed by Francis Lee, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan and produced by See-Saw Films. The film will receive its UK premiere on Saturday 17 October and will be available to UK audiences at cinemas across UK, who will also enjoy a virtual introduction from Lee and key cast.
Is anyone else truly excited that this year the London Film Festival is going to more cinemas around the UK and also premieres happening online?
I certainly am, I have been lucky enough to get to a couple of films over the years while in London during October. But being based in the north east does make this very difficult given the hotel prices around the time of the festival also going up.
I really do hope that this new format will ensure more people can actually watch the films and I guess I have to also hope that cinemas in the north east will not be missed out (we often are for things like concerts etc up here).
Two weeks to wait as the line up is being announced online on Tuesday 8th September!
It has been announced today that Steve McQueen’s Mangrove will open the 2020 BFI London Film Festival, the 64th to take place. It will play for free for audiences at BFI Southbank and at selected cinemas across the UK.
Mangrove starring Letitia Wright, Shaun Parkes and Malachi Kirby. This will be the films European premiere on Wednesday 7th October as part of the 12-day offering which is taking the festival out to cities around the UK and many films are going to be available for virtual premieres at home.
Curzon announces Parasite special previews plus live satellite Q&A with BAFTA and Oscar-nominated Director Bong Joon Ho on 3rd February.
● Director Bong Joon Ho will be appearing live at Curzon Mayfair with over 140 cinemas
● The screening takes place the evening after Parasite competes for Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Not In The English Language at the BAFTA Film Awards 2020.
● The satellite stream will include British Sign Language interpretation and an on-screen live speech to text service so that event is accessible to hard of hearing and deaf audiences.
● Parasite then goes on general release in cinemas nationwide from Friday 7th February.
The satellite Q&A event is supported by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.
Today sees the launch of the 7th LOCO London Comedy Film Festival 2019 which welcomes the festival’s most exciting programme yet. Taking place Thursday to Sunday, 11-14th July at the BFI, this year’s festival promises to feature some of the funniest films on screen alongside a riotous shorts programme, LOCO masterclasses with special guests, industry events and training, on top of a 30th Anniversary screening of the rom-com classic When Harry Met Sally, Directed by Rob Reiner and starring Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan and Carrie Fisher, on Saturday 13th July.
This year’s festival will open with Dominic Brigstocke’s UK Premiere of Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans starring Craig Roberts, Kim Cattrall, Nick Frost, Kate Nash and Derek Jacobi. Atti (Sebastian Croft) is a Roman teenager with ‘Atti-tude’, a smart kid who likes to bend the rules. When one of his schemes (selling horse wee as gladiator sweat) falls foul of Emperor Nero (Craig Roberts), Atti is forced to join the army and is sent to miserable, cold, wet Britannia. There the natives are revolting, quite literally, as Boudicca (Kate Nash), Queen of the Iceni tribe, takes on the might of Rome.