London Film Festival 2021

Our essential guide to 2021’s nationwide festival

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The BFI London Film Festival is the biggest, brightest and best event in the capital’s film-going calendar. After a challenging 2020 saw the fest turned hybrid, with fewer physical screenings, the LFF is back to something like normality. Expect loads of exciting new films, shorts and a virtual reality strand for anyone who fancies going all Tron down at its new South Bank home.  

In short, expect a monster line-up and a more geographically diverse fest: the LFF has gone UK-wide with screenings across the country. It runs from October 6-17, kicking off with Londoner Jeymes Samuel’s western ‘The Harder They Fall’ and wrapping up with Joel Coen’s ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’. Here’s your full guide to the London Film Festival 2021. 

12 unmissable movies to see at the London Film Festival
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12 unmissable movies to see at the London Film Festival

From ‘Spencer’ to ‘Titane’: a dozen killer cuts at October’s UK-wide fest

The full London Film Festival line-up has been announced
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The full London Film Festival line-up has been announced

Palme d’Or winner ‘Titane’ is Time Out’s gala on October 9

The BFI London Film Festival will close with ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’
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The BFI London Film Festival will close with ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’

Joel Coen’s tragedy stars Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand

The BFI London Film Festival finds a surprising new home for 2021
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The BFI London Film Festival finds a surprising new home for 2021

It’s goodbye Odeon Leicester Square, hello Southbank

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The BFI London Film Festival is kicking off with ‘The Harder They Fall’
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The BFI London Film Festival is kicking off with ‘The Harder They Fall’

It’s a western starring Idris Elba, Jonathan Majors and Regina King

Julia Ducournau: On broken noses, the Macarena and that Palme d’Or mishap
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Julia Ducournau: On broken noses, the Macarena and that Palme d’Or mishap

Meet the cool AF filmmaker blasting back with the jaw-dropping Titane

London Film Festival 2020: all you need to know

11 movies to see at the BFI London Film Festival 2020
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11 movies to see at the BFI London Film Festival 2020

The new-look LFF offers films for all tastes. Festival director Tricia Tuttle picks a few doozies to look out for

London Film Festival 2019: all you need to know

How to get LFF 2019 tickets
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How to get LFF 2019 tickets

Essential dates, bookings and discounts

The films you need to see at this year’s festival
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The films you need to see at this year’s festival

Get your diary out and take your pick of our festival highlights

The ten best things to do at the BFI London Film Festival (that are totally free)
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The ten best things to do at the BFI London Film Festival (that are totally free)

Fancy a career as a movie critic? Got film-loving kids to entertain? These LFF events are for you

Armando Iannucci on Dickens and British politics
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Armando Iannucci on Dickens and British politics

The director on his new take on ‘David Copperfield’ and the Tao of Dominic Cummings

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Meet the 16-year-old actor making waves at this year’s LFF
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Meet the 16-year-old actor making waves at this year’s LFF

Everything you need to know about Bukky Bakray, the east Londoner starring in Hackney-set gem ‘Rocks’

Time Out’s London Film Festival Gala is a horror movie starring R-Patz
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Time Out’s London Film Festival Gala is a horror movie starring R-Patz

The facial hair is worth the price of a ticket alone

Doff your cap! Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ is opening the London Film Festival
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Doff your cap! Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ is opening the London Film Festival

The eagerly awaited Charles Dickens adaptation will get things underway

Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ is closing this year’s BFI London Film Festival
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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ is closing this year’s BFI London Film Festival

Leicester Square shine boxes will be doing a roaring trade on October 13