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Films in Galas

Join us on the red carpet for our Gala screenings and special presentations.

Opening Night Gala


Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane, Village at the End of the World) returns to the festival with an intense drama that traces the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement.

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Closing Night Gala

Steve JobsSteve Jobs

With Danny Boyle’s exhilarating direction, Aaron Sorkin’s incisive screenplay, and Michael Fassbender’s scorching performance, Steve Jobs is virtuosic filmmaking.

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American Express® Gala


Todd Haynes presents an intoxicating and immaculate adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s beloved novel.

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Accenture Gala


Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Argo) gives a cracking performance as Dalton Trumbo, the Hollywood screenwriter who was blacklisted after refusing to testify in the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947.

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Virgin Atlantic Gala

Black MassBlack Mass

Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch and Joel Edgerton ramp up the thrills in Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) chilling crime drama.

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The May Fair Hotel Gala


Saoirse Ronan shines as a woman who journeys from post-war small-town Ireland to New York, in Nick Hornby’s adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s best-selling novel.

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Centrepiece Gala Supported by the Mayor of London

The Lady in the VanThe Lady in the Van

Award-festooned collaborators Nicholas Hytner and Alan Bennett (The Madness of King George, The History Boys), return for this witty and insightful adaptation of Bennett’s play.

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Festival Gala in Association with Empire


Ben Wheatley meets JG Ballard head-on, in this savage and utterly brilliant satire.

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Archive Gala

Shooting StarsShooting Stars

A fabulous silent film from Anthony Asquith (A Cottage on Dartmoor, Underground), set in a British movie studio in the 1920s.

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Love Gala

A Bigger SplashA Bigger Splash

In the Sicilian sunshine, a rock star, her lover, a producer and his daughter meet in this sizzling drama from Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love).

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Dare Gala in Association with Time Out

The LobsterThe Lobster

Following Dogtooth and Alps, Yorgos Lanthimos turns his strange lens on an all-star cast in this bleakly hilarious dystopian drama.

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Debate Gala

The ProgramThe Program

Stephen Frears delivers a kinetic tale of cyclist Lance Armstrong’s inexorable rise to near canonisation and his subsequent vertiginous fall from grace.

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Laugh Gala

Brand: A Second ComingBrand: A Second Coming

Russell Brand ponders Jesus, Gandhi, Malcolm X and his own political awakening in this lively doc that doesn’t forget to be funny.

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Thrill Gala

Beeba BoysBeeba Boys

A highly stylish drama about immigrant Sikh gangs fighting for supremacy on the streets of downtown Vancouver.

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Cult Gala

Bone TomahawkBone Tomahawk

Kurt Russell heads an all-star cast in this unpredictable and sometimes shocking fusion of horror and western.

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Journey Gala

The AssassinThe Assassin

Hou Hsiao-Hsien, winner of the Best Director award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, presents his mesmerising first foray into martial arts.

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Sonic Gala in Association with MOBO Film

The IdolThe Idol

Twice Oscar-nominated Abu-Assad tells the incredible story of Mohammad Assaf – Gazan winner of Arab Idol who won the hearts of millions with his voice.

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Family Gala in Partnership with Plusnet


When Zack accidentally unleashes a deluge of monsters on a small town, mayhem ensues.

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Experimenta Special Presentation in Association with Sight & Sound

The Forbidden RoomThe Forbidden Room

Gleeful, hypnotic and totally deranged, Guy Maddin (My Winnipeg, The Saddest Music in the World) and co-director Evan Johnson’s phantasmagoric opus... in the IMAX!

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Documentary Special Presentation

He Named Me MalalaHe Named Me Malala

In this inspirational documentary, we follow extraordinary teenager Malala Yousafzai as she embarks on life in Britain.

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Fellowship Special Presentation


Gripping docudrama about journalistic ethics starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford as the team behind the 60 Minutes investigation into whether George W. Bush avoided the Vietnam draft.

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