The full lineup for the 67th BFI London Film Festival was announced last Thursday (31 August) and we were delighted to see so many Film London alumni featured.
Scala!!!, which charts the incredibly strange rise and fall of the world’s wildest cinema and how it influenced a mixed-up generation of weirdos and misfits, came to the Film London Production Finance Market (PFM) New Talent Strand in 2020. We're therefore delighted to see the film reach festival audiences this year.
Another PFM alumnus, Baloji, brings his Cannes-debut Omen to the festival. Omen is an exploration of sorcery and witchcraft told through the lens of four protagonists from different generations and backgrounds. The hit-debut film was awarded the Cannes’ Un Certain Regard New Vision Award earlier this year.
Film London 2021 Lodestar Molly Manning Walker also brings her Cannes Un Certain Regard-winning debut feature How to Have Sex to the festival. We can't wait for this much-raved about film to finally arrive in UK theatres.
2020 Film London Lodestar and BFI NETWORK alum Moin Hussain brings his feature debut Sky Pealsto the official competition of the festival. Sky Peals is a profoundly human story that reaches out to the stars and world of alien parents, before coming back down to earth to wrap up a tale of loneliness, identity and belonging. This is definitely a gem to seek out at this year's LFF.
If you want more BFI NETWORK x Film London shorts then you're in luck as London Calling returns this year as part of LFF For Free! London Calling features two strands: Brave Faces and Being Seen, both offering a selection of shorts from some of London’s most exciting new voices, funded by BFI NETWORK and delivered by Film London.
Work by FLAMIN alumni feature in the Experimenta strand at this year's BFI London Film Festival. Commissioned by FLAMIN Productions and Bonington Gallery, Onyeka Igwe’s A Radical Duet will premiere on 13 October. A Radical Duet looks back to a period of radical anti-colonial activity in post-war London, with international intellectuals, artists and activists agitating for their respective countries’ national independence.
Screening on 14 October, Film London Jarman Award shortlisted artist Rehana Zaman’s latest work Everything Worthwhile is Done with Other People interrogates the intersections of structural racism, classism and misogyny, and was developed in collaboration with a group of women affected by experiences of incarceration.
The juries for the Festival's Official Competition have also just been announced (19 September) and we're delighted to see Film London alumni Raine Allen-Miller and Rubika Shah feature as lead jurors. Miller, fresh off her hit feature film debut Rye Lane, directed the Film London x BFI NETWORK short Jerk in 2018, and has been announced as the lead juror of the First Feature Competition (Sutherland Award).
Rubika Shah, will be lead juror on the Festival's Official Competition for the Grierson Award for Best Documentary. Shah won the award herself in 2019 for White Riot, her roaring debut which featured at Film London's Production Finance Market, New Talent Strand the year before.
As announced last month, the World Premiere of Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget has been added to this year’s programme. The premiere will take place on Saturday 14 October at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall; the gala screening is supported by the Mayor of London and Film London.
The Industry Programme of LFF this year also features two Film London events: Film London's Production Finance Market and Film London's Exhibitor's Breakfast (London Film Festival edition). Find out more about the Festival's industry events here.