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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 First Feature Competition

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

  • Chameleon

    Chameleon

    Two women are terrorised by an unwanted stranger in this gruelling but stylish bourgeois nightmare.

  • A Date for Mad Mary

    A Date for Mad Mary

    Dry, sarcastic, maddening Mary must find a date for her best friend’s wedding in this Irish feel-good hit for misfits everywhere.

  • Divines

    Divines

    The gangster genre is given a shrewd feminist makeover in this arresting debut about a young girl embarking on a life of crime.

  • The Giant

    The Giant

    The tender story of Rikard, a severely deformed autistic man whose life is fueled by dreams of sports victory and imaginary worlds.

  • Hedi

    Hedi

    This taut, naturalistic, prize-winning drama about a dutiful son on the brink of an arranged marriage speaks volumes about Tunisia today.

  • Lady Macbeth

    Lady Macbeth

    A defiant, passionate young woman struggles against suffocating societal norms in this exceptional British debut starring the incandescent Florence Pugh.

  • The Levelling

    The Levelling

    Debut writer/director Hope Dickson Leach delivers a hugely impressive first feature about a middle class farming family’s crisis, set against the backdrop of the Somerset floods.

  • My Life as a Courgette

    My Life as a Courgette

    Funny and engaging animated first feature about an orphan named Courgette, written by Celine Sciamma, for kids, teens and adults alike.

  • Playground

    Playground

    Two young Polish schoolboys perform acts of extreme violence in this remarkable but incendiary debut feature.

  • Porto

    Porto

    Anton Yelchin and Lucie Lucas star in this elegiac and deeply cinematic lovesong to the pains and pleasures of a brief romantic encounter.

  • Raw

    Raw

    A young woman discovers an insatiable appetite for flesh in this playful coming of age body horror tale.

  • What’s in the Darkness

    What’s in the Darkness

    A killer is on the loose in a small town at the same time as a teenage girl is sussing out how womanhood works.

  • Wulu

    Wùlu

    What happens when a life of crime offers more opportunity than living an honest life? It’s a challenge Malian bus driver Ladji faces in this superb drama.

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