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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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Headline Galas

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

  • A United Kingdom

    Opening Night Gala

    A United Kingdom

    Amma Asante (Belle, A Way of Life) opens the Festival with this impassioned drama depicting an interracial romance that changed the world.

  • Free Fire

    Closing Night Gala

    Free Fire

    Ben Wheatley (High-Rise, Sightseers) returns to close the Festival with this all-guns-blazing bullet opera, starring Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer.

  • Lion

    American Express® Gala


    Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman lead the cast in this rousing true tale of a lost Indian child, adopted by Australian parents, searching for home.

  • Arrival

    Royal Bank of Canada Gala


    Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner star as the humans who make first contact with extraterrestrial visitors in this richly textured sci-fi from director Denis Villeneuve.

  • The Birth of a Nation

    Headline Gala

    The Birth of a Nation

    This explosive Sundance-winning drama follows Nat Turner, a preacher who became the radical leader of an uprising against slavery.

  • La La Land

    Headline Gala

    La La Land

    Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone channel old-school Hollywood glamour in this bright and playful romantic musical from director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash).

  • Manchester by the Sea

    Headline Gala

    Manchester by the Sea

    Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams shine in this devastating drama from Kenneth Lonergan (Margaret, You Can Count on Me), about a man’s painful hometown return.

  • A Monster Calls

    The May Fair Hotel Gala

    A Monster Calls

    Patrick Ness’ hugely popular book is brought to life, as a young boy’s vast imagination enables him to see wonder beyond his tough circumstances.

  • Nocturnal Animals

    Headline Gala

    Nocturnal Animals

    Tom Ford (A Single Man) returns with a dark, sophisticated adaptation of Austin Wright’s novel Tony and Susan, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams.

  • Queen of Katwe

    Virgin Atlantic Gala

    Queen of Katwe

    The powerful true life tale of one girl’s determination to escape from poverty in Uganda by becoming a chess champion, directed by Mira Nair and starring David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.

  • Snowden

    Headline Gala


    NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is given the Oliver Stone treatment in this thrilling dramatic examination of international surveillance, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

  • Their Finest

    The Mayor of London’s Gala

    Their Finest

    Gemma Arterton sparkles in this witty drama set in the world of propaganda filmmaking during WWII, from director Lone Scherfig (The Riot Club, An Education).

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