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This site lists films and events from the 2016 BFI London Film Festival. The festival programme for 2017 will be announced later this year.
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Films in Documentary Competition

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

  • All This Panic

    All This Panic

    Seven New York teens emerge from the turbulent ‘panic’ years into nearly adulthood in this astonishingly intimate documentary.

  • Chasing Asylum

    Chasing Asylum

    This topical and brave documentary reveals the shocking Australian immigration policies and the appalling and inhumane treatments inflicted to refugees who reach its shore.

  • David Lynch: The Art Life

    David Lynch: The Art Life

    An exquisitely textured and reflective documentary about David Lynch’s life as a visual artist, narrated by the idiosyncratic filmmaker.

  • The Graduation

    The Graduation

    A plunge into one of today’s most prestigious schools of cinema, La Fémis in Paris. Essential viewing for anyone interested in what lies beneath French cinema.

  • An Insignificant Man

    An Insignificant Man

    A rare documentary insight into the birth and rapid growth of a political party whose mantra is to challenge corruption in the world’s largest democracy.

  • Lovetrue


    Following her groundbreaking debut Bombay Beach, director Alma Har’el returns with another genre-bending, visually stunning gem about our perception of love and relationships.

  • On Call

    On Call

    Filmed in a walk-in service for asylum seekers in an hospital near Paris, this timely documentary captures with great humanity dozens of personal stories.

  • Safari


    Ulrich Seidl (In the Basement, Paradise Trilogy) sets his crosshairs on Austrians trophy hunting in Nambia. Dark, absorbing and ultimately quite sinister.

  • The Space in Between – Marina Abramović and Brazil

    The Space in Between – Marina Abramović and Brazil

    A mystical voyage in Brazil in the company of the fearless Serbian artist, Marina Abramović in search of emotional healing. Not for the faint-hearted.

  • Starless Dreams

    Starless Dreams

    A thoughtful and complex portrait of juvenile delinquent women at the extreme margins of Iranian society, by veteran documentarian Mehrdad Oskouei.

  • Tower


    An emotionally gripping and visually stunning account of the first American mass school shooting, in Texas in 1966, blending archive, animation and contemporary interviews.

  • The War Show

    The War Show

    Charting Syria’s spiralling from peaceful uprisings to armed conflict, through the intimate prism of a group of friends.

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