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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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Future Pasts and Past Futures

The present moment is only the collision of the past into the future. From politics to pop, wandering to war, these films expose the uncertainties of contemporary perception.

Helen de Witt

Total running time 82min

Mad Ladders

A religious rapture narrated through prophetic rhetoric, while the heavens give way to TV spectacle.

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Dir Michael Robinson
USA 2015
10min

In the Future, They Ate From the Finest Porcelain

Sci-fi, archaeology and politics collide as a resistance group seeks to create a false past that will establish a future nation.

Image from In the Finest Future, The Ate From the Finest Porcelain

Dir Larissa Sansour, Soren Lind
UK-Denmark-Qatar 2016
29min

Hero City

A narrator retraces a journey to a city beyond the Arctic Circle, recounting an idealised past while her film betrays the discontent of today.

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Dir Ruth Maclennan
Russia-UK 2016
14min

Scales in the Spectrum of Space

A collective memory of Chicago constructed from 35 different camera views across time.

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Dir Fern Silva
USA 2015
7min

A Place I’ve Never Been

The Acropolis, as the birthplace of Western civilisation, brought to us through animating zillions of near-identical tourist snaps.

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Dir Adrian Flury
Switzerland 2015
5min

Dude Down

The absurdity of war told through the irony of a failed Improvised Explosive Device explaining its travails to its maker.

Dude Down

Dir George Barber
UK 2016
17min



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