What’s It All About?
Launched in 1933, the BFI London Film Festival continues to build on its film heritage with its 59th edition. As Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals, the event provides a platform for films seeking global success. It is also known to promote the careers of several British and international filmmakers. The festival awards lottery funding for film productions, distribution, education, audience development and market intelligence and research.
This year, the festival will screen 238 fiction and documentary features, including 16 World Premieres, 8 International Premieres, 40 European Premieres and 11 Archive films including 5 Restoration World Premieres. There will also be screenings of 182 live-action and animated shorts. Apart from screening, the fest will also host interviews, screen talks, Q&As and a new programme called Industry Talks: LFF Connects.
This year, after becoming part of the Busan Film Festival, Hansal Mehta’s film Aligarh featuring Rajkummar Rao and Manoj Bajpayee, has been selected for this prestigious festival too. The film, based on real events in Uttar Pradesh, is about an unlikely but deep friendship between a college professor and a young journalist.
Last year, five Indian films – Labour Of Love, Titli, Margarita With A Straw, Court and short documentary Noon Day Dispensary – were part of this festival.
Watch Out For
An upcoming 2015 British drama film, Suffragette is directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan. The film centres on early members of the British women’s suffrage movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The film stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson and Anne-Marie Duff.
Centrepiece Gala Supported by the Mayor of London
The Lady In The Van
Adapted by Alan Bennett from his 1999 hit West End play of the same name, The Lady In The Van has been directed by Nicholas Hytner and stars Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings. The film tells the story of elderly woman Mary Shepherd (Maggie Smith), who lived in a battered car on the driveway of writer Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) for 15 years.
He Named Me Malala
The Fear of 13
Frame by Frame
In Jackson Heights
Closing Night Film
Danny Boyle’s directorial, Steve Jobs, features the dramatised account of events surrounding the Apple co-founder’s launch of various iconic products beginning with the iMac in 1998. Starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogan and Jeff Daniels, the film goes behind the scenes of the digital revolution and paints an intimate portrait of Jobs and his work.
Awards and Categories
The fest will hand out various awards in categories such as Best Film Award in Official Competition; the Sutherland Award in the First Feature Competition; and the Grierson Award in Documentary Competition. This year, there is also the newly introduced Short Film Award, presented to one of a shortlist of 12 films selected from across the programme.