There are a number of ways to watch BFI London Film Festival (LFF) films on BFI Player. 

Please take a moment to test your set up in advance and ensure you’re ready to start streaming in comfort – so the only thing you’ll have to worry about is popping the corn. 

Most of the films in LFF are available to start for 30 minutes after the advertised start time. You must press play within this window or risk missing the film.

Make sure you have added your film to your BFI Player account in advance, following the steps sent to you by email. If you have not received this email, please contact

Please remember you must be in the UK to watch films on BFI Player.

Can I watch on my computer?

You can watch on BFI Player via your PC or Mac using the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari. Please note that Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer are not supported browsers.

Can I watch on my phone or tablet?

You can watch LFF films on your Android phone or tablet. If you’re using an iPhone or iPad you’ll need to download the latest version of the BFI Player app via the Appstore.

What about on my TV or projector?

You can watch LFF films on the big screen by plugging your laptop or computer into your TV or projector via an HDMI cable as long as both your device and cable are HDCP compliant. Most modern devices and cables are, but you may need to refer to the operating manual.

Older TVs, VGA cables or HDMI cables are more likely to lack support for HDCP.

Chromecast functionality is also now available.

How do I connect?

All TVs are different but most have a port on the back, side or front under the screen marked HDMI. Plug the cable in here and connect it to your computer or laptop’s HDMI port. Some laptops need an adaptor port for HDMI cables. If you’re not sure please check your TV or device’s operating manual. 

All components must be HDCP compliant.

Is there anything I can’t use?

Unfortunately LFF films are not available on BFI Player’s Samsung TV app, Amazon Prime channel or the Apple TV channel. They cannot be viewed on Smart TVs with a web browser or using AirPlay.

How can I test my device?

Once you’ve added your film to your BFI Player account, a ‘Test your device’ button will appear in the Festival tab. Please use this to validate your set-up.

Getting help

If you are having problems playing your film please use the Live Chat button in the footer of BFI Player. Our team will be happy to help.