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What to Expect at BFI London Film Festival


For the last 62 years, London has hosted the BFI London Film Festival, showcasing the industry's established and upcoming talent. This year's festival will run from 10th-21st October at various locations across the city, including a whole host of surprise screenings and famous names taking part.

With a programme packed full of Q&A's, short films, talks and workshops, we have selected some of our highlights from the line-up...

Screen Talks

Keira Knightley: Friday 12 October 2018 14:00, BFI Southbank, NFT1

The year's event will host the annual series of screen talks with some exciting names, including the likes of Keira Knightley. With multiple acting awards under her belt and plenty of starring roles in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Love Actually and The Imitation Game - to name a few, this is expected to be an interesting appearance.

Alfonso Cuarón: Sunday 14 October 2018 11:00, BFI Southbank, NFT1

Another exciting screen talk is taking place at BFI Southbank with Alfonso Cuarón, who is best known for his work on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as well as sci-fi thrillers Children of Men and Gravity. He will be talking all about his acting career and the making of his new film Roma, a story about his childhood in Mexico and the women who raised him.

Surprise Screenings

Surprise Film: Friday 12 October 2018 21:15, Cineworld Leicester Square / Saturday 13 October 2018 14:00, Embankment Garden Cinema

The annual Surprise Film is one of the most popular events at the London Film Festival and the event's best-kept secret. Last year's London Film Festival Surprise Film hosted the UK premier of the film Ladybird, directed and written by Greta Gerwig. For the first time in 2018 the festival is showcasing two screenings of the Surprise Film for audiences.

Surprise Treasure: Friday 12 October 2018 16:30, BFI Southbank, NFT1

A long time ago a young director created a 43-minute biopic which was dubbed one of the world's greatest cult movies, only the film was suddenly removed from circulation. This event is a rare and free opportunity to see the newly restored film from the UCLA Film and Television Archive. During this showcase there will also be a screening of Todd Haynes' Dottie Gets Spanked short film.

Award Winners

Best Film Winner: Saturday 20 October 2018 19:00, Vue Leicester Square, Screen 7

The Best Film award recognises great and inspiring filmmaking, and this promises to be an exciting event for attendees. The film screening will follow the announcement of the festival's official award, the bronze Star of London. There are ten films in the running to win this award including, Birds of Passage, Destroyer and Happy as Lazzaro.

Discover more about the 2018 festival line up by visiting the BFI London Film Festival website here.

You can also check out our new Filmworks development in the heart of Ealing, which is a renovation of the old Empire Cinema and will include an eight screen cinema and central piazza.