Celebrating British Film and British Film Talent

On Tuesday 3 October 2017 you can join Britain’s top film stars and industry elite for BFI LUMINOUS – a cinematic gala dinner raising vital funds for the British Film Institute.

Now in its third edition, BFI LUMINOUS 2017 will be hosted by the inimitable Jonathan Ross; our live auction will be led by renowned auctioneer Lord Dalmeny; and all will take place in the historic splendour of the Guildhall in London.

With a passion for innovation and an international reputation for supporting landmark projects in film, we are delighted to confirm that luxury watch-maker IWC Schaffhausen returns as our headline partner.

Following its hugely successful inaugural year in 2016, the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award in association with the BFI will be awarded at this year’s LUMINOUS: a £50,000 award to benefit an outstanding British writer, director, or writer/director whose first or second fiction feature film premieres at the BFI London Film Festival.

Be there with us...

Tables and tickets for the event are now on sale – and you can apply by filling in and submitting the application form (PDF).

Be there in spirit...

If you are unable join us on the night, you can still make a much-valued contribution to the BFI's charitable activities. This year at LUMINOUS we are raising vital funds towards the BFI's specialist education and skills development programmes to provide opportunity, inspiration and support to the next generation of film talent. At the heart of BFI Education is the BFI National Archive, one of the world's richest film collections.

Bidding on our fantastic charity auction will be available online two weeks prior to the event. Please check this page in September for further details.

If you have any questions about LUMINOUS 2017, please contact us on luminous@bfi.org.uk.

See what happened at the 2015 LUMINOUS gala

in partnership with

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Media Partner

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Hospitality Partners

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The BFI is at the very heart of British Film. Through our priceless collection of film and television, education programmes, the BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express®, Southbank cinemas and investment in British film production, we are keeping the magic of film alive for everyone – forever.

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BFI LUMINOUS 2015 photos by Rich Hardcastle.

Cover images: Darling (UK 1965. Dir John Schlesinger) Courtesy of STUDIOCANAL Films Ltd.; Caesar and Cleopatra (UK 1945. Dir Gabriel Pascal) Courtesy of ITV.