Free online events

Woman with a Movie Camera: Love Child Q&A with director Eva Mulvad

Tuesday 26 January, 7pm, BFI YouTube
Director Eva Mulvad talks to film critic Leila Latif about her deeply moving documentary Love Child, a heart-breaking portrait of Leila and Sahand, an Iranian couple who are forced to flee for their lives from Tehran where their secret affair and illegitimate child are both considered crimes, punishable by death.
Love Child is available to watch on BFI Player from 25 January.
Woman with a Movie Camera is generously supported by Jane Stanton.

BFI & Radio Times TV Festival: Netflix’s Bridgerton – Q&A with creatives and cast

Wednesday 27 January, 7pm, BFI YouTube

Join the BFI & Radio Time TV Festival as broadcaster Kirsty Lang speaks to Bridgerton creator Chris Van Dusen, costume designer Ellen Mirojnick and cast about the extraordinary global success of the show and the announcement of season 2. 
Joining Chris and Ellen are cast members Phoebe Dynevor, Rege-Jean Page, Jonathan Bailey, Nicola Coughlan, Claudia Jessie, Golda Rosheuvel, Adjoa Andoh and  Luke Newton.

Bridgerton has become a global phenomenon with audiences and critics alike praising its freshness and originality, breathing new life into the Regency period drama and reimagining the genre for a new generation. Our panel discusses the show’s groundbreaking approach to character and plot, diverse casting, use of contemporary music, visual splendour and the adapting process from Julia Quinn’s hugely popular novels.

For young people and aspiring filmmakers

BFI Future Film Festival

18 to 24 February

The 14th edition of the BFI Future Film Festival will take place from 18 to 21 February 2021. The BFI Future Film Festival is the UK’s largest industry film festival for aspiring filmmakers aged 16 to 25. For the first time ever, the festival is totally free to attend, and will be presented entirely online enabling young people from every corner of the UK, and across the world to benefit from masterclasses and talks from the best in the business.

The full festival programme will be revealed on Friday 29 January 

BFI Film Academy at Digital Cities

Calling all short filmmakers!

As part of the BBC Digital Cities Virtual programme, BFI Film Academy is bringing together a selection of fantastic filmmakers whose films have been chosen for Future Film Festival 2021.

New BFI Player collections

Women Make Film

Filmmaker Mark Cousins, whose epic documentary Women Make Film: A New Road Movie through Cinema, was released on BFI Player and on BFI Blu-ray in May, curated a companion season for BFI Southbank which now moves to an online iteration, with films including Evolution (Lucile Hadzihalilovic, 2015), Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009) , The Watermelon Woman (Cheryl Dunye, 1997) and many more.

Near the Jugular

Near the Jugular is a small collection of films (rental and free) curated by Bassam Tariq, writer-director of Mogul Mowgli (2019), and co-writer, producer and star Riz Ahmed. This collection looks at their cinematic influences, including films that have inspired Mogul Mowgli, which is available to rent on BFI Player.

Coming soon

The Glasgow Film Festival

24 February to 7 March 

Glasgow is one of the friendliest film festivals on the planet, with a wide-ranging programme that celebrates every corner of world cinema and provides a fantastic showcase for the best of Scottish film.Tickets are now on sale! The festival returns for its 17th edition, with eight world premieres, three European premieres and a whopping 48 UK premieres screening from 24 February to 7 March on Glasgow Film At Home.

Glasgow Film Festival is supported in part by an award from the BFI Audience Fund. Don’t miss out on the BFI National Lottery funded features in selection.

Slapstick Festival

1 to 7 March 

Bristol’s annual Slapstick festival of silent & classic screen comedy is going global in 2021 with a wholly live streamed edition – accessible online from anywhere in the world – and more international guests than ever before, including direct descendants of 3 of the 20th century’s most famous comedians as well as a host of current-day stars.

The new format Slapstick Live Online festival will take place from Monday 1 to Sunday 7 March, offering 28 events celebrating more than 100 years of the best in screen comedy + live streamed contributions from Rob Brydon, Noel Fielding, Graeme Garden, Stewart Lee, Matt Lucas, Jessica Martin, Lucy Porter and Henning Wehn among many others.