These screenings and events are FREE and open to all (subject to age restrictions).

The following events are pre-bookable: Dark Matter – Independent Filmmaking in the 21st Century, The Friends of Jeremy Thomas, Va Va Voom: The French TV Boom, Chaplin Walk, Augmented Reality Art For Social Change, Future Rites, and Museum of Austerity. For how to book please see individual event listings.

Places for all other events can be reserved at the LFF For Free desk in the BFI Southbank foyer from 10am on the day of the event. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. If you have reserved a place, you must arrive at least 15 minutes before the event start time or your place may be reallocated.

Free Shorts on BFI Player are available throughout the festival. For free LFF Expanded events by date please see individual pages.

LFF for Free is supported by Col and Karen Needham.

Robin Robin Animation Workshop

Fun, hands on animation workshop for families.

10:15 Blue Room, BFI Southbank

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London Calling: Speaking Your Truth

A selection of shorts from some of London’s most exciting new voices: stories of people confronting injustice and pain, and finding their voice.

11:00 Studio, BFI Southbank

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Protest & Revolution

Young activists join us for a conversation with some of the women who took part in the Greenham Common peace camp forty years ago.

12:30 The Blue Room, BFI Southbank

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Film4 and Fruit Tree Media present: Foresight

Five short films that explore alternative realities for Black and Brown people in the UK.

13:00 Studio, BFI Southbank

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Spotlight: Fiona Lamptey

Fiona Lamptey, Founder of Fruit Tree Media and Director of UK Features for Netflix joins us to to discuss her career and her passion for nurturing new talent.

14:30 Blue Room, BFI Southbank

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Pitchblack Playback: The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico

Listening sessions where people can come and hear classic and upcoming albums ahead of release on a big cinema sound system, in the dark.

15:00 Studio, BFI Southbank

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NETWORK@LFF Shorts Programme 1

NETWORK@LFF is our flagship talent development programme, based at the very heart of the BFI London Film Festival and delivered by BFI NETWORK.

17:00 Studio, BFI Southbank

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DJ Night: Swinging Soho Nights

DJ Juggy Jones takes you back to the swinging 60s.

20:00 The Riverfront, BFI Southbank

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