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Film London on the big screen at LFF

Date posted: 31.08.2017

The BFI London Film Festival returns from 4-15 October, and we’re excited to share the dynamic selection of films and events we’ve been collaborating on for this year’s programme.

Galas galore

Enjoying its European premiere as part of LFF's Dare strand is the highly anticipated drama The Hungry from director Bornilla Chatterjee. The UK-India co-production from Cinestaan Film Company and Film London, with support from the British Council, is an extravagant, macabre reimagining of Shakespeare's 'Titus Andronicus' set in modern-day New Delhi which stars Tisca Chopra and Antonio Aakeel, alongside legendary Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah. Watch the trailer here.

On screen at the Film London supported Mayor of London's Gala is Luca Guadagnino's Call Me By Your Name, a coming-of-age drama set in 1980s Italy, where doctoral student Armie Hammer and professor's son Timothée Chalamet share an unforgettable romance. Guadagnino's follow up to A Bigger Splash is billed as a major addition to the queer canon.  

Talent on tap

LFF is highly regarded for its shorts programming, so we’re delighted to showcase a selection of short films from our brand new London Calling slate. This year’s titles include Baby Gravy by Marley Morrison, Samira’s Party by Bijan Sheibani, V by Jimmy Dean, Fighter by Bugsy Riverbank Steel, Maybe It’s Me By Dimistris Simou, His Wake by Jamie Noel, Kara by Deepa Keshvala and To Wendy Who Kicked Me When I Said I Loved You by Dan Castella. Harry Lighton’s Wren Boys also screens as part of the Short Film Award programme.

In the Experimenta strand, which highlights cutting-edge artists’ moving image, there will be a chance to see the premiere of Charlotte Ginsborg’s recent FLAMIN Production 22:22, which focuses on 
heightened states and the psychology of performance. FLAMIN alumni Rachel Maclean, Clio Barnard, Andrew Kotting, Isaac Julien, Paul Bush, Stuart Pound and Emily Wardill also screen, along with the UK premiere of Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s FLAMIN-supported film Erase and Forget.

Supporting artist-filmmakers at the festival, FLAMIN will also be delivering the Experimenta pitch, which offers ten artist-filmmakers professional training in how to pitch their work, plus the chance to secure £1,000 towards their project in a pitch to top artists’ film commissioning bodies.

Supporting the industry

In LFF’s jam-packed industry programme, Film Hub London will be facilitating a number of events including an Exhibitor’s Breakfast and networking evening for members of the BFI Film Audience Network as they usher in BFI2022, the next phase of a UK-wide initiative to support cinema exhibition.

Elsewhere we will be holding the annual Production Finance Market, which brings together exciting feature film projects together with an international roster of financiers, kickstarting relationships and supporting upcoming talent. The Micro Market strand occurring simultaneously at BFI Southbank, will connect producers working on lower budget features, offering a vital opportunity to access finance for their burgeoning independent projects.

See the full programme

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