Free online events
Mogul Mowgli live event
The film will also be presented live to audiences in a one-off event at Virtual Cinema by ourscreen, Mogul Mowgli Live. Presented by the BFI in association with Massive, the event will enable audience interactivity and feature exclusive additional content. Available to audiences UK-wide for £5, more details will be announced soon.
Woman with a Movie Camera: Luxor Q&A with Zeina Durra, Andrea Riseborough and Karim Saleh
Thursday 26 November, 19:00, BFI YouTube
As part Woman with a Movie Camera powered by Jaguar, film critic Beth Webb talks to writer-director Zeina Durra, and actors Andrea Riseborough and Karim Saleh about their new film Luxor, its stunning portrait of the Egyptian city, and the reflective tale of romance and recovery that delicately unfolds within it.
Luxor is available to rent on BFI Player now.
Woman with a Movie Camera is powered by Jaguar and generously supported by Jane Stanton.
Queer East Film Festival
October 2020 to 1 January 2021
Queer East Film Festival returns with a hybrid format of online and cinema screenings across the UK. Discover 36 films (16 features, 4 documentaries and 16 shorts), including 7 UK premieres from 13 countries brought to you by Queer East – the festival fostering and promoting a cultural understanding about the queer Asian community. The festival is a celebration of queer storytelling and activism in east and south-east Asia. Queer East Film Festival has been made possible with support from Film Hub London through funds from the National Lottery.
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
3 to 30 November
York’s annual celebration of independent cinema from around the world and exciting filmmaking talent marks its 10th anniversary with a digital edition featuring 300 films and 100 industry events. Supported by the BFI using National Lottery funding.
Manchester Animation Festival
15 to 30 November
The UK’s largest animation festival presents a programme of top animated features and short films, along with masterclasses, workshops and filmmaker Q&As for aspiring animators. Supported by the BFI using National Lottery funding.
Derby Film Festival
19 to 26 November
Lockdown prevented holding Derby Film Festival physically at QUAD this year so the festival team transformed it into an online festival. Browse this year’s fantastic line-up of new films featuring fallen angels (Two Bad), kidnapped children (The Badger), Cuban music (Mambo Man), nature vs man (Anonymous Animals) and a truly beautiful family film in The End of Heroes. Derby Film Festival has been made possible with support from Film Hub Midlands through funds from the National Lottery.
BFI London Film Festival Industry programme
The programme gathered international industry leaders to reflect on change, with sessions probing how the industry will emerge from this period of intense challenge and upheaval.
For young people and aspiring filmmakers
BFI Film Academy labs
The BFI Film Academy virtual labs are designed to support 16 to 25 year-old aspiring filmmakers and help you develop your skills and projects from home.
BFI Film Academy LFF programme
A special programme of talks and panels that were available to all accredited press, industry and filmmaker delegates during this year’s BFI London Film Festival.
Mini Filmmakers’ Club
9 January to 13 February 2021
A virtual Saturday filmmaking club with at-home filmmaking activities for 8 to 11 year olds.
Young Filmmakers’ Club
9 January to 13 February 2021
A virtual Saturday filmmaking club with at-home filmmaking activities for 12 to 16 year olds.
BFI NETWORK postroom picks
Each month we showcase the best submissions in our NETWORK picks. Watch the work we’re excited about and find out more about the filmmakers.
British Film Premiere season on BBC Two
The BFI has partnered with BBC Film on a weekly season of outstanding British films on BBC Two, celebrating a new wave of British filmmakers all backed by BBC Film and the BFI awarding National Lottery funding.
Most of the films will be available for free on BFI Player after transmission. Currently available are:
Premiered at the BFI London Film Festival, where it was nominated for outstanding debut. Teenager Ruth (Molly Windsor) travels to a seaside holiday park to stay with her boyfriend Tom (Joseph Quinn). It’s off-season, so the resort is mostly deserted, except for a few residents and a handful of staff charged with sprucing up the place. Ruth gradually settles into her new environment, finding work and making a new friend in the form of make-up enthusiast Jade. But one afternoon, while giving Tom’s caravan a spring clean, Ruth finds evidence her beau might be cheating on her. As her desire to uncover the truth turns into an obsession, she begins to realise she might be looking for something else entirely. Transforming her remote coastal setting into an intangible labyrinth of creeping intrigue, Claire Oakley inventively flirts with genre conventions to weave a singular tale of self-acceptance and sexual awakening. Make Up was co-funded by the BFI with BBC Film.
Premiered at the BFI London Film Festival. Fifteen-year-old Leigh (Frankie Box) is a gymnast focused on her first competition on the squad. Leigh’s life is turned upside down when her older half-brother Joe, who she didn’t know existed, comes to stay with her and her father. But when her confidence at gymnastics is knocked, Leigh finds herself caught up in an underground world of moped crime with her brother. Starting to find excitement and the attention she has been so desperately needing, Leigh stands at a crossroads between her gymnastic dreams and an exciting new world. Perfect 10 was co-funded by the BFI with BBC Film.
The next two films to screen on BBC Two are
Lynn + Lucy
BBC Two, 21 November
Premiered at San Sebastian Film Festival and at the BFI London Film Festival and nominated for 2 British Independent Film Awards. Lynn and Lucy are life-long best friends, their relationship as intense as any romance. Neither has ventured far from where they grew up. Lynn, who married her first boyfriend and whose daughter is fast growing up, is delighted when the charismatic, volatile Lucy has her first baby, a boy. Lucy, however, does not react to motherhood as Lynn expects. Soon, they find their friendship tested in the most extreme circumstances. A study of escalating hysteria at a societal level, Lynn + Lucy stars Roxanne Scrimshaw in her first ever screen appearance, alongside Nichola Burley (Love and Hate, Wuthering Heights), and is the highly anticipated first feature by Cannes award-winning filmmaker Fyzal Boulifa. The film was co-funded by the BFI with BBC Film.
BBC Two, 28 November
Premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and at the BFI London Film Festival. Kit (Henry Golding), a young British Vietnamese man, returns to his birth country for the first time in over 30 years. He was just 8 years old when he and his family escaped Saigon as ‘boat refugees’ during the Vietnam-American war. No longer familiar with this country and unable to speak his native language, Kit embarks on a personal journey from Saigon to Hanoi, in search of a place to scatter his parents’ ashes. Along the way he meets his estranged family and falls for Lewis, an American whose father had fought in the war. During his travels, Kit finally starts to connect to the memories of his parents and his own roots. Monsoon was co-funded by the BFI with BBC Film.
BFI Player – free archive collections
Britain on Film / Unlocking Film Heritage — Highly successful mass-digitisation projects have opened up public access (for free) to archive films from across the UK, representing different communities and unlocking our film heritage with films from the BFI National Archive and regional archive partners (digitisation made possible through Lottery funding).
Free collections include Films for Fives and Under, Black Britain on Film, The Arts on Film (portraits of artists at work), Animated Britain (a celebration of the art of British animation over a century) , Victorian Film, Spotlight on Key Workers, Cats v Dogs, Plus we have contemporary shorts collections Black Eyes Black Lives, Born Digital, Animation 2018 and Listen to Britain.
Britain has a deep and rich history of life captured on film. Much of it has not been seen in generations. On the back of its archive digitisation project Britain on Film, the BFI has launched a crowdsourcing platform, BFI Contribute.
BFI Contribute stems from the incredible mass audience engagement with the interactive Britain on Film map, reflecting a desire from the public to share their own stories and hidden histories behind our shared screen heritage. Drawn from the collections of the BFI National Archive and regional and national archive partners from all corners of the UK, Britain on Film features over 11,000 films from the last 120 years, digitised with thanks to National Lottery funding. Made available for free on BFI Player, this large but curated selection of geo-tagged films, mostly unknown to audiences, let the public find films local to them.
Since its launch in 2015, Britain on Film has amassed over 70m video views with 78% reach outside London/south-east England, making it a truly national success. BFI Contribute is an engaging way to collate and catalogue the input of local expertise back into the national project. An online community that everyone can visit, to take an active part in the BFI’s research, unlocking stories to enrich our knowledge of, and understanding about Britain on Film.
Originally published: 16 November 2020