How to fest
Experience the best new films, series and XR from around the world.
What’s the festival like?
#LFF is your chance to discover a world of film, award winners of the future, immersive art and XR, the most thrilling new talent from across the globe and beautifully restored treasures from the archives. Everything screening at the festival is curated by our team of programmers, and all the feature films and series are being shown in the UK for the first – and sometimes the only – time. It doesn’t get fresher than this!
In London. Around the UK. At home.
This year we’re more accessible than ever. Join us at our fabulous partner cinemas from Belfast to Bristol or around London’s South Bank and West End. Prefer tuning in from the comfort of your home? Check out the line-up of films on BFI Player, including free short films – available to enjoy wherever you are in the UK.
Enjoy virtual premieres, introductions and exclusive Q&As with filmmakers and LFF programmers. Just like for a cinema, you need to buy a ticket to watch a feature film on BFI Player. Feature films are scheduled to premiere at a particular time. You will have 24 hours to start watching from the premiere time and 4 hours to complete the film once you’ve started. Short films will be free throughout the festival.
Hear from the filmmakers
Each year we welcome hundreds of directors, creators, writers and actors to join us for introductions and Q&As about their work. Our Screen Talks are a chance to hear from the world’s top creative talent. Check back here soon for announcements of all guests and events.
How do I join in?
Tickets go on general sale on 20 September. Some screenings and events sell out quickly – but extra tickets go on sale on 30 September and on the day of the screening. Become a BFI Member for a fast pass to the hottest tickets. Priority booking opens for BFI Patrons on 10 September, BFI Champions on 13 September and BFI Members on 14 September.
We want everyone to enjoy the festival. A list of accessible screenings and events can be found at the link below alongside detailed information on accessing our venues.
Tickets from £10 to all screenings (from £5 if you’re 16-25), with concessions available for all matinee screenings. Discover more and save with our festival passes.See below for full information on ticket prices, including discounts and offers for London venues and BFI Player – and for booking information for cinemas around the UK.
BFI YouTube and Social
Throughout the festival, tune in for a series of online events for free, including Screen Talks and LFF Awards Ceremony.
What should I see?
Our Galas are star-studded premieres of some of the most anticipated films of the year. Walk the red carpet at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall (you can still watch the action even if you miss out on tickets). There’s no dress code for Galas but feel free to don your glad rags, or whatever you fancy!
The competition programme brings together the most innovative, groundbreaking new films and XR from across the world. Our judges will be deliberating over the course of the festival, and again this year we want you to vote for the Audience Award. Don’t miss the ceremony on Sunday 17 October on BFI YouTube, when all will be revealed.
What are you in the mood for? Whether you’re after a laugh or some thrills, choose a strand and you’ll find our programmers’ carefully chosen suggestions to get your emotions stirred or soothed.
As the line between television and film dissolves, we showcase the best in new episodic programming from around the globe.
Step into a new dimension of storytelling with our immersive art and extended reality (XR) strand – featuring works from the artists, creators and filmmakers at the forefront of immersive worldbuilding. You can access our free digital platform, The Expanse, with a headset via Viveport and Oculus App Lab or without a headset via Mac or PC desktop and laptop devices.
LFF for Free
Don’t miss out on our free events – in person, on BFI YouTube and on social media throughout the Festival. Check out free short films, as well as exclusive introductions and Q&As with filmmakers on BFI Player.
Work in the film, TV or XR? Get involved
Register for industry accreditation.