A busy BFI London Film Festival
Suffragette will open the BFI London Film Festival
The BFI London Film Festival is about to kick off its exciting 2015 edition, showing 240 films from 72 countries over 12 days, from 7-18 October. Hitting its 59th year, the Festival is now one of the world’s premiere audience events and promises a huge international film celebration, as well as a showcase for UK cinema with an unprecedented 100 UK films and UK co-pros screening.
British Council’s Film team is proud to be involved with a number of LFF programmes and activities as part of that celebration including:
- As partners for Screen International’s UK Stars of Tomorrow – an annual selection of more 30 key up and coming screen stars from across the industry - we’re hosting a choreographed industry dinner designed to introduce the latest Stars to both UK and international industry guests. The 2015 Stars have just been announced and we’ll be interviewing a selection of them about their international aspirations. Check back here next week to meet them.
- We have enabled a group of Latin American content creators, producers and funders to attend Power to The Pixel’s first Latin American focus, which will showcases the latest international ideas and innovations in multi-platform and interactive media.
- Alongside our colleagues at British Council Israel, we’re supporting visits to London from a range of filmmakers whose work will premiere here and who we are delighted to begin a relationship with.
Joining us from Israel, Tel Aviv-based Ethiopian director Bazzi Gete will unveil his debut feature Red Leaves while the prolific award-winning Israeli documentarian Tomer Heymann will be with us to present Mr Gaga (Tomer may be a familiar name to UK readers who will recall his pitch presentation at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014 leading to a greenlight from the BFI’s Film Fund for hIs next feature Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?).
In advance of our imminent Reimagine India season we’re delighted to be welcoming several Indian directors including Bhaskar Hazarika who will present his debut Kothandodi, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, debut director of The New Classmate, and Hansal Mehta who has made what the LFF describes as probably the best film yet on the Indian gay male experience, Aligarh.
And we’ll be continuing our relationship with the South African film industry begun during our recent Connect ZA programme, by welcoming South African director Sara Blecher, who will be unveiling Ayanda.
- Alongside these visitors we’ll be hosting an industry reception at British Council’s HQ in London to introduce the LFF’s international guests to key UK industry figures.
- We’ll also be hosting an industry networking event for the delegation from Nigerian feature Fifty, Biyi Bandele's drama about women in Lagos, as part of our UK-Nigeria season in 2015 and 2016.
- Co-hosting a celebration with Image Nation of UAE filmmakers at the festival, including the filmmakers from Rattle The Cage (Zinzana) and From A to B.
- And several British Council Film team members are also directly involved with LFF: Film Programme Manager Christine Bardsley, who also acts a documentary advisor for the Festival, will host a number of Q&As with doc filmmakers and has also written a guide to some of her favourite docs at the festival; Nicola Gallani, our new Shakespeare Film Programme Manager, is also one of the organisers of Creative England’s Net.Work programme for emerging UK talents; and our Senior Film Programme Manager Will Massa is serving on the esteemed jury for LFF’s first short film competition.
All this and of course we’re thrilled to see so many great home-grown films (and co-productions) featured in the Festival. We’ve compiled a handy catalogue downloadable here detailing the incredible 100 UK titles screening in London over the next two weeks.
Stay tuned here and follow us on Twitter (@British_Film) for more highlights and reports during LFF, and do check out the LFF website for information on all screenings and special events at www.bfi.org.uk/lff