We are committed to providing an accessible and inclusive environment in which to welcome all festival guests, attendees, staff and volunteers.
BFI London Film Festival does not tolerate harassment or harmful behaviour in any form.
The BFI are co-founders alongside BAFTA of the guidance and principles which seek to professionalise behaviour and conduct within the screen industries.
By attending the festival you agree to abide by the spirit of the guidance and principles.
Harassment can include, but is not limited to:
- Abusive comments and insults
- Prejudice (e.g. related to gender identity and expression, sexuality, age, race,
- religion/belief, disability, or socio-economic background, as well as the intersections between.);
- Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following;
- Unwelcome touching or sexual attention;
- Invasions of private space and personal boundaries;
- Violence or aggression;
- Harassing photography or recording;
- Sustained disruption of talks or other events, through trolling or other methods
- Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour.
Festival anti-piracy policy
Unauthorised streaming or recording is prohibited. Cameras are not permitted in venue screenings and recording sound, taking pictures or filming will result in immediate expulsion. You are not permitted to post or publish screenshots or photos of virtual screeners on social media or anywhere online.
Advanced security measures such as forensic and visible watermarking are in place to prevent and track piracy for online screenings, and if caught legal action will be pursued and delegate access will be permanently revoked.
Anyone violating these principles will be asked to stop and are expected to comply immediately. They may, at the discretion of venue and/or BFI staff, be expelled from the event without refund and be ineligible to attend in future years.
Reporting – if behaviour falls short of our principles and guidance
We encourage all attendees to be active bystanders.
During the festival, if you are made to feel unsafe or unwelcome, notice someone else being harassed, or have any other concerns, you can tell a member of our staff, volunteer, or
security teams. They will help, or find someone who can. Every event will have a BFI London Film Festival representative in attendance.
If you tell us about an incident, your immediate safety will be our first priority. We will listen from a position of belief, and keep what you say in confidence until and if agreed otherwise. We can recommend relevant support agencies and services as well as treat the incident with sensitivity and discretion.
If you prefer to get in touch in writing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
There are numerous organisations who can help:
London Metropolitan Police
Switchboard LGBT Helpline
Helpline: 0300 330 0630
Hours: 10am — 10pm everyday
Switchboard is a LGBTQIA+ specific helpline that exists as a safe space for anyone to discuss anything, including sexuality, gender identity, sexual health and emotional well-being. Switchboard supports people to explore the right options for themselves.
We aspire to a society where all LGBT+ people are informed and empowered.
Stop Hate UK
Helpline: 0800 138 1625
24 hours a day
Stop Hate UK offer independent and confidential Hate Crime reporting services in commissioned areas around the UK, whether you are a victim of Hate Crime, you have witnessed incident you believe to be a Hate Crime or you are a third party to an incident that could be a Hate Crime. There are a range of ways to report Hate Crime, either online, by text or by post.
National Rape Crisis
Helpline: 0808 802 9999
Hours: 12 to 2:30pm and 7 to 9:30pm every day of the year
The Helpline can provide support and information about local Rape Crisis services and is accessible 365 days a year to women who have survived any form of sexual violence, no matter how long ago. We offer specialised, confidential support, information and referral details completely free of charge. The helpline is also available to provide an immediate source of support to friends and family of survivors, as well as other professionals, to help them understand how best to support female survivors of sexual violence.