London Film Festival FAQs
Find out how to make the most of the UK's biggest celebration of film
Tue Aug 20 2013
The 57th BFI London Film Festival kicks off in venues across the city on October 9 2013, screening films from every corner of the globe, from major blockbusters to experimental oddities. There will be star-studded red-carpet galas, hundreds of new features and shorts, plus talks, discussions and workshops – and all of it is open to the public. So how can you make the most of it?
What is the London Film Festival?
The LFF runs for 12 days from October 9-20, with the line-up announced on September 4. From the opening film, the Tom Hanks-starring ‘Captain Phillips’ onwards, the festival is a unique chance to catch new films on the big screen weeks and often months before they’re officially released.
What will be showing at the festival?
As in previous years, the festival will be divided into categories. Top of the list are the gala screenings – red-carpet events showcasing the most high-profile releases, including opener ‘Captain Phillips’ and closing film ‘Saving Mr Banks’, both of which star Tom Hanks, who will be on hand for both premieres.
There will also be a competition strand, picking out the best feature films, documentaries and debuts, with the remainder of the programme divided into themed categories including ‘Cult’, ‘Journeys’, ‘Thrill’ and ‘Love’.
There will also be a number of talks and discussions – many of them featuring prominent filmmakers – in which you can get a more in-depth look at the making of some of the festival’s biggest films, plus workshops on everything from writing and directing to the future of cinema.
How is Time Out involved?
As a media partner of the LFF, Time Out gets unique access to the festival programme. Keep an eye on timeout.com/lff and read the magazine for exclusive reviews of films, plus interviews, FAQs and news.
We’ll also be presenting a Time Out gala screening of one of the festival’s biggest titles – though that’s strictly under wraps until the programme is announced on September 4.
How do I get tickets for London Film Festival 2013?
Tickets will go on sale in mid-September, and you can book online or through the BFI’s phone line (details below). Oh, and BFI members get a full week longer than ordinary patrons to snap up the best tickets, so now might be a good time to think about becoming a member.
What chance is there of attending the Opening or Closing Galas?
Again, BFI members get priority here: there’ll be a ballot closer to the time. Any unsold tickets will then trickle down to the general public.
What about tickets for the other films?
Up to opening night and beyond, there are always tickets available for the smaller films in the programme. But to be sure you catch the films you’re really keen on, we suggest you get the programme on September 4, circle the ones you want to see, and keep an eye on timeout.com/lff for news of when the tickets are going on sale.
Which venues are involved?
As always, the heart of the festival is Leicester Square, with both the Vue and the Odeon taking part. The BFI Southbank will also host a large number of screenings, as will a variety of cinemas in further-flung locations such as the Ritzy in Brixton, the Rio in Dalston, the Hackney Picturehouse and the Ciné Lumière in Kensington.
BFI Southbank, Waterloo, SE1 8XT (020 7928 3232/www.bfi.org.uk/lff).
The 57th BFI London Film Festival kicks off in venues across the city on October 9 2013, screening films from every corner of the globe, from major blockbusters to experimental oddities. There will be star-studded red-carpet galas, hundreds of new features and shorts, plus talks, discussions and workshops – and all of it is open to the public. See our London Film Festival guide to find out how to make the most of it.
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