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One Life
Photograph: UK Jewish Film Festival

10 brilliant film festivals to check out in London this winter

Cosy up with ace new indie, Asian, LGBTQ+, and foreign language movies

By Phil de Semlyen and Henry Roberts

Just because the London Film Festival has rolled up its red carpet for another year does not mean the London film festivals are over for the year. Far from it – the film fest goodness is just getting started. The next month or so is a conveyor belt of movie shindigs for all tastes, with indie, Asian and Jewish cinema all getting their own dedicated festivals, and offering Londoners a passport to film cultures far beyond these shores. Get along to cinemas across the city for something mind-expanding this autumn. 

Best London film festivals this winter

Il Boemo
Il Boemo
Photograph: Made in Prague

1. Made in Prague Festival

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The national cinema of Jiří Menzel, Miloš Forman and Věra Chytilová always has exciting new voices to celebrate and worthy new films to cheer about – which is where Made in Prague, a month-long film fest organised by the Czech Centre, comes in. It spans cinemas across London, from BFI IMAX to the Prince Charles, and offers a curated selection of 14 Czech films, from classics to animations to brand-new dramas. This year’s four galas include ‘Il Boemo’, a biopic of Mozart-acclaimed composer Josef Mysliveček; ‘Restore Point’, Robert Hloz’s Czech answer to ‘Blade Runner’; and kindertransport drama ‘One Life’ starring Anthony Hopkins.


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