BFI London Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival

2nd - 13th October 2019

The biggest and most star-studded event in the capital's film calendar is back, with a new slate of exciting movies from all over the world - including a few potential awards contenders - lined up to play!

Not sure what to watch this year? Check out our handy guide to this year's best and most essential films.

Headline Galas

The biggest new movies leading the charge

Special Presentations

The out-of-the-box screenings from special-release docs to one-off big screen events:

Official Competition

The Best Film Award recognises inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking

First Feature Competition

The Sutherland Award recognises the most original and imaginative directorial debut

Documentary Competition

The Grierson Award recognises films with integrity, originality, and social or cultural significance

Laugh

From laugh-out-loud through romantic comedy to dry and understated – humour in all its forms

Dare

In-your-face, up-front and arresting: films that take you out of your comfort zone

Love

Sweet, passionate, tough – love is a complex and many splendoured thing

Cult

From the mind-altering and unclassifiable to fantasy, sci-fi and horror

Create

Films that channel the electricity of the creative process, celebrating artistic expression in all its forms

Journey

Whether it’s the journey or the destination, these films transport you and shift your perspective

Debate

Riveting films that amplify, scrutinise, argue and surprise

Thrill

Nerve-shredders that’ll get your adrenaline pumping and keep you on the edge of your seat

Family

Films for the young... and young at heart.

Experimenta

Films by artists that revolutionise and reshape our vision of cinema

Treasures

Classic movies that have been revived and restored from the world’s archives.