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Film and events programme

248 features. 74 countries. 15 cinemas. 12 days. One Festival.

  • GalasHeadline Galas

    Join us on the red carpet for our Opening Night, Closing Night and Headline Galas.

  • GalasStrand Galas

    Red carpet Galas from our themed strands: Love, Debate, Laugh, Dare, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Sonic, Family, and Treasures.

  • GalasSpecial Presentations

    Join us for our Documentary, Experimenta, Festival and BFI Flare Special Presentations.

  • Official CompetitionOfficial Competition

    The Best Film Award recognises inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking.

  • First Feature CompetitionFirst Feature Competition

    The Sutherland Award recognises the most original and imaginative directorial debut.

  • Documentary CompetitionDocumentary Competition

    The Grierson Award recognises films with integrity, originality, and social or cultural significance.

  • Short Film CompetitionShort Film Competition

    The Short Film Award recognises short form works with a unique cinematic voice and a confident handling of chosen theme and content.

  • LoveLove

    Sweet, passionate, tough – love is a complex and many splendoured thing.

  • DebateDebate

    Riveting films that amplify, scrutinise, argue and surprise.

  • LaughLaugh

    From laugh-out-loud through romantic comedy to dry and understated – humour in all its forms.

  • DareDare

    In-your-face, up-front and arresting: films that take you out of your comfort zone.

  • ThrillThrill

    Nerve-shredders that’ll get your adrenalin pumping and keep you on the edge of your seat.

  • CultCult

    From the mind-altering and unclassifiable to fantasy, sci-fi and horror.

  • JourneyJourney

    Whether it’s the journey or the destination, films to transport you and shift your perspective.

  • SonicSonic

    Music-inspired films and events that will leave you dancing in the aisles.

  • FamilyFamily

    Films for the young... and young at heart.

  • ExperimentaExperimenta

    Films and videos by artists that transform our experience of seeing moving images.

  • TreasuresTreasures

    Revived and restored from the world’s archives.

  • Black Mirror Nosedive

    LFF Connects

    A series designed to expand knowledge, generate ideas and showcase extraordinary talent across a broad range of creative industries.

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