Festivals and cultural events this year have moved online due to the ongoing pandemic, and the BFI London Film Festival is the latest large-scale one to be announced.
Due to take place this Autumn, this will be the first time that the festival has taken place remotely, which means a bit of a shakeup to the structure. If you’re thinking of going along yourself, here’s everything we know so far about watching 2020’s BFI London Film Festival from home.
When is the BFI London Film Festival?
Hold onto your hats, because the BFI London Film Festival will take place from 7-18 October 2020.
The full breakdown of what films will be on which days hasn’t been revealed yet. There’s set to be a full programme announcement on 8 September 2020, the same day as the online launch. Speaking of which...
How to attend the London Film Festival
At the moment, ticket information isn’t yet available for the 2020 film festival. What we do know is that there will be 50 virtual festival premieres across a number of genres, and each one will be presented with an intro or Q&A with people involved within the film.
Some of the events will be free-to-access, including an international short film programme, salons and roundtables and a brand new virtual exhibition of XR and immersive art.
For industry delegates and those working in the media, UK regional cinemas will be hosting in-person screenings of 12 films from the full lineup across a number of independent venues.
The initial press release was geared towards UK viewers, so we don’t know yet whether international viewers will be geo blocked from viewing certain films. However, even if they are, there should be a workaround through using a VPN such as NordVPN or ExpressVPN.
Once we know more information, we’ll update this article.
Events and schedule
There will be the usual headline films, as well at the core strands that make up the BFI Film Festival. These are: Love, Debate, Laugh, Dare, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Create, Family, Treasures and Experimenta. The new strand - XR and immersive - will be free to explore with a gallery, as well as talks and events.