Film and events programme

Galas and special presentations

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    Headline Galas

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

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    Strand Galas

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

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    Special Presentations

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

In Competition

  • Official Competition

    Official Competition

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

  • First Feature Competition

    First Feature Competition

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

  • Documentary Competition

    Documentary Competition

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

  • Short Film Award

    Short Film Award

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


  • Love


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

  • Debate


    Riveting films that amplify, scrutinise, argue and surprise.

  • Laugh


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

  • Dare


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

  • Thrill


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

  • Cult


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

  • Journey


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

  • Create


    Films that channel the electricity of the creative process, celebrating artistic expression in all its forms.

  • Family


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

  • Experimenta


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

  • Treasures


    Revived and restored from the world’s archives.

  • Events


    Exclusive talks from leading filmmakers and creatives.