Are there any changes to the festival this year?

Adapting to the extraordinary challenges we have all faced this year, we’re excited to expand beyond London’s cinemas, presenting a film festival for all the UK to enjoy.

You can experience the Festival online via virtual screenings and events, and in cinemas at BFI Southbank and partner London venues, as well as across the UK, in Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield. More information available here.

How do I buy tickets for the 64th BFI London Film Festival?

You can purchase tickets for screenings online or via 020 7928 3232. The BFI Southbank Box Office is not in operation and tickets cannot be purchased in person.

Tickets go on sale to BFI Members 10:00 Wednesday 16 September, and to general public 10:00 Monday 21 September. There will be a small allocation of tickets available on the day for every screening. 

For screenings at partner cinemas around London and UK-wide, check their websites for booking information.

How much are tickets?

Exclusive previews at BFI Southbank screenings are £14 full-priced, and £12 for BFI Members. Virtual premieres on BFI Player are £12 full-priced, and £10 for BFI Members.

Concession tickets are available for matinee screenings only. These are £12 Regular Concession and £10 Member Concession. £5 25-and-Under tickets are available on the day of screening only for both online and in-cinema screenings.

Prices will vary at partner cinemas, check their websites for more information.

Will there be any red carpet events with special guests this year?

The world’s biggest stars may not grace the red carpet this year, but LFF is still your chance to hear from leading directors, writers and actors. A range of digital talks and events, including our in-depth LFF Screen Talks, will be presented for free online, and every feature will be accompanied by an introduction or post-film Q&A with talent involved in the film.

How do I watch films at home via BFI Player?

BFI Player screenings are available to view in the UK only. To stream, you must have internet access and a BFI Player compatible device. You cannot download films. Contact BFI Player technical support.

BFI Player can be played on: PC; Mac; iOS devices — iPhone and iPad; Android mobile and tablet devices.

The BFI London Film Festival screenings are not available with Smart TVs and BFI Player’s Amazon Prime and Apple TV channels.

If you use BFI Player on your iPhone or iPad iOS devices, you will need to update to the latest version of our app via the Apple Appstore. 

When can I watch the films I’ve purchased at home?

Most films will require you to start watching within 30 minutes of the advertised start time. You will need to hit play within this period or miss out on seeing this film.

While we encourage you to watch all films at the advertised start time before joining the Q&A, you’ll have a little bit longer (up to 72 hours) to commence watching some titles, to allow you to plan your 12 days wisely and get the most out of the festival. Titles that allow you 72 hours to start watching are marked on the film’s page.

In both cases, once you’ve started watching a film, you have three hours to finish it.

Why do you have different restrictions around viewing times and windows on different films?

Each film has its own festival screening agreements. These are unique requirements of that film, based on their own rights positions.

Where can I watch films in cinemas?

In London, you can watch exclusive previews at BFI Southbank, ICA, Curzon Soho, Curzon Mayfair, Cine Lumiere, Barbican and Prince Charles Cinema.

Across the UK you can experience the Festival in cinemas at HOME, in Manchester; Watershed, in Bristol; Glasgow Film Theatre; Broadway, in Nottingham; Showroom, in Sheffield; Queen’s Film Theatre, in Belfast; and Chapter, in Cardiff. More information available here

Venues across the UK

This year, the BFI London Film Festival is all across the UK.

Find out more

Are there any changes to access due to COVID-19?

At BFI Southbank we welcome everyone and want our venue to be available to as many people as possible.

Read our latest Covid-19 FAQ regarding access.

What safety precautions are in place at BFI Southbank?

BFI Southbank reopened its doors on 1 September.

Read about the safety measures in place in this note from BFI CEO Ben Roberts.

Read extended FAQ about BFI Southbank’s reopening.

For screenings at partner cinemas around London and UK-wide, check their websites for safety information.

What kinds of programming is there for people with accessibility requirements this year?

This year’s Festival offers new kinds of accessibility with most of the feature film programme available to experience at home on BFI Player, and all shorts, talks and an XR and immersive exhibition accessible online for the first time.

For film fans who are D/deaf or hard of hearing, many LFF virtual screenings on BFI Player have English closed-captioning or are fully subtitled. Selected screenings at BFI Southbank have HoH subtitles. Most of the free talks and events talks programme subtitled and 20 hours of this content includes BSL-interpretation on screen. Find out more.

LFF films at BFI Southbank with an audio-description soundtrack available include Herself, After Love and Ammonite. Download full accessibility information below.

Age restrictions

Children under 15 are not permitted to attend any Festival screenings in venues or online unless the film has received a lower BBFC certificate or is part of our designated family strand. All screenings marked ‘F’ on the Festival Calendar are suitable for families. Some films in the Festival programme are only suitable for over 18s due to graphic content. Films containing graphic material are indicated as clearly as possible on our website and will be flagged when purchasing tickets. More detailed information about the nature of individual works can be found in our brochure programme notes.

Anti-piracy policy

Cameras are not permitted in Festival screenings. Recording sound, taking pictures or filming during the screening is illegal and any person caught in the act of filming will be immediately expelled and pirated material seized. They may also be subject to legal action.

Unauthorised recording and streaming of films on BFI Player are prohibited. Advanced security measures, such as forensic and visible watermarking, are in place to prevent and track piracy. We take piracy very seriously and reserve the right to take any and all legal measures available.

Film and audio recording

Many Festival events are filmed/audio-recorded. By entering Festival venues, you are consenting to such filming/audio recording and its subsequent use by the BFI and trusted third parties. Please contact the venue manager if you have any concerns.

BFI Members pay less

Enjoy £2 off BFI London Film Festival 2020 tickets at BFI Southbank and on BFI Player.