BFI London Film Festival announces 2017 dates

The 61st BFI London Film Festival will take place 4-15 October 2017. Feature and short film submissions are now open.

Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams at the premiere of Arrival at the 60th BFI London Film Festival

Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams at the premiere of Arrival at the 60th BFI London Film Festival

The BFI London Film Festival in Partnership with American Express® today confirmed the dates for the Festival’s 61st anniversary edition, which will take place at venues across the UK capital from 4 -15 October 2017.

Submissions for the 2017 BFI London Film Festival are now open. Feature and short films can be submitted through the BFI London Film Festival website. The final deadline for short films and features is 5pm, Monday 12 June 2017.

Films entered through open submissions are eligible for Official Competition, Documentary Competition, First Feature Competition and Short Film Competition, provided they meet the other criteria for these sections and with priority given to European and World Premieres.

The 60th anniversary edition of the Festival last October presented 397 features and short films and achieved a 16% audience increase with 195,595 admissions, including satellite screenings to UK-wide cinemas for the Opening Night gala of A United Kingdom and Werner Herzog’s Lo & Behold (which was also presented, in a first for the Festival, as a virtual premiere). The Closing Night gala was the European premiere of Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire. In total, the Festival presented 587 screenings at 16 venues across the capital.

More than 800 international and British filmmakers attended the Festival to support their films in the programme, ranging from major global superstars and many of the world’s most established directors, to new talents making their first short film.

The Festival remains committed to agenda-setting debate on the future of the film industry, presenting the BFI Black Star Symposium which was launched with a powerful and rousing keynote from David Oyelowo, star of A United Kingdom and Queen of Katwe.

2016’s prestigious BFI Fellowship, presented at the Festival, recognised the extraordinary talents of British director Steve McQueen, and the Best Film was awarded to Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women.

In another first for the Festival, a 780 seat temporary cinema was built in London’s iconic Victoria Embankment Gardens by the River Thames. This new venue attracted more than 22,000 attendances and provided a new home for the Festival’s Official Competition premieres and Strand Gala presentations. The Festival also expanded its Headline Gala and Special Presentation sections.

The Festival welcomed leading lights from across the international film industry in 2016.  Acting talent supporting films at the Festival included: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Laura Carmichael, Sam Riley, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Babou Cessay, Sasha Lane, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gabrielle Union, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Ryan Gosling, Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Lupita Nyong’o, Joely Richardson, Rhys Ifans, Eric Kofi-Abrefa, Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Rachael Stirling, Isabelle Huppert, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Janelle Monáe, Cynthia Nixon, Catherine Bailey, Ben Mendelsohn, Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart.

Directors presenting their work included Amma Asante, Ben Wheatley, Andrea Arnold, Fisher Stevens, Nate Parker, Tom Ford, Damien Chazelle, Kenneth Lonergan, JA Bayona, Mira Nair, Oliver Stone, Mike Mitchell, Lone Scherfig, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Bertrand Bonello, Xavier Dolan, Maren Ade, Martin Koolhoven, Mohamed Diab, Paul Verhoeven, François Ozon, Ivan Sen, Mijke de Jong, Barry Jenkins, Terence Davies, Benedict Andrews and Makoto Shinkai.

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