Film London at the 66th BFI London Film Festival

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We're counting down the days until this year's BFI London Film Festival! As we edge ever closer to the 5th of October, we're spotlighting some filmmaking talent that we’ve supported and partnered with over the years, who have been featured on the LFF programme. Read more below and find out about the Film London events taking place at this year's Festival.

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BFI London Film Festival 2022

The 66th BFI London Film Festival will take place from the 5th - 16th of October this year, and we can't wait to be there!

We’re delighted to return to LFF as one of the main funding contributors alongside The Mayor of London. This year, we're excited to present a screening of Till, by Chinonye Chukwu, at The Mayor of London's Gala. The Gala will take place on the 15th of October at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall. Tickets for the Gala are now available to buy on the BFI website.

Film still from Till , Universal Pictures

Till © Universal Pictures

Over the years, we've supported and partnered with a diverse array of filmmaking talent from London. We're thrilled to see that so many of these names are featured in this year's LFF line-up! Here are some talents whose work you simply can' miss at the Festival -

2022 Film London LodestarRuth Greenberg’s latest work The Origin, a Palaeolithic horror film, is debuting at LFF this year. Greenberg teams up with director Andrew Cummings as screenwriter on the film. The Lodestar was writer / director on RUN (2021), which was commissioned by Film London for the BFI NETWORK Short Film Fund.

Sorcha Bacon and Rory D. Bentley are both Film London Lodestars from 2019 who feature in the exciting LFF Shorts programme. Bacon produces Pram Snatcher and Bentley writes, directs, and produces SurprI-!. Pram Snatcher was commissioned by Film London for BFI NETWORK alongside other LFF-selected Shorts My Eyes Are Up Here and The Riley Sisters. All four films are featured on the Festival's Shorts programme - The Path of Most Resistance.

We’re also excited to see Flowers from producer George Telfer and Skyward from writer/director Jessica Bishop in the Shorts selection. We supported Telfer and Bishop with their films Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Seaand Wargames in 2018.

Pretty Red Dress comes from writer/director Dionne Edwards and producer Georgia Goggin who made their breakout short We Love Moses with Film London and the BFI NETWORK in 2016. Get your tickets now for this inspiring cinematic journey through the themes of Black masculinity and familial relations.

Film still from If the Streets Were on Fire, directed by Alice Russell

If the Streets Were on Fire (2022) , directed by Alice Russell

If the Streets Were on Fire, directed by Alice Russell, follows BikeStormz throughout London, a safe space for young people across the city to freely express themselves beyond the threat of urban violence.

The producers of If the Streets Were on Fire, Julia Nottingham, Gannesh Rajah, Lynn Nwokorie, took part in Film London’s Production Finance Market New Talent strand in 2019, and we’re delighted to see the film at this year’s Festival! Our Production Finance Market returns this year with a two-day in-person event taking place during the BFI London Film Festival.

We also can't wait to host the BFI London Film Festival Edition of our Exhibitors’ Breakfast. Film Hub London and the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) invite FAN members and delegates working in the exhibition sector to a morning of presentations and networking to discuss innovative initiatives to attract Young Audiences to screenings across the UK. For more information and to register click here.

Seaweed, directed by Julia Parks

Seaweed, directed by Julia Parks

It's great to see alumni of Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) featured in the Experimenta strand of LFF. Jarman Award 2020 winner and FLAMIN Productions alumnus Larisa Sansour's As If No Misfortune Had Occurred in the Night features on Some Say the Devil is Dead, as part of LFF's Experimenta.

Marianna Simnett was shortlisted for the Jarman Award in 2017. Her film The Severed Tail is also featured on the LFF line-up of Experimenta films.

We're thrilled that Seaweed by Julia Parks is screening at the Festival. The film was made through the FLAMIN Fellowship 2020-2021, and in 2022, Parks was also named as a Film London Lodestar!

Another Film London Jarman Award winner, James Richards features on the Experimenta programme with Qualities of Life: Living in the Radiant Cold, screening alongside Grace Ndiritu's Becoming Plant. Grace Ndiritu is a Jarman Award 2022 shortlisted artist who will be taking part in the Jarman Award 2022 Tour, culminating at the Barbican on Tuesday 22 November with a special celebration announcing the winner.

We can't wait to watch all these exciting films at LFF this year, check out the full programme here.