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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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Mediums and Messages

Diverse excavations into historic and contemporary media, art, foraging behaviours and the way that the Internet shapes us, which question the limits of documentary and the specific interplay between subjects and mediums.

Benjamin Cook

Find out about the 59th BFI London Film Festival Experimenta Seminar.

An Old Dog’s Diary

Directors Shai Heredia, Shumona Goel
India 2015
11 mins

A lyrical film portrait of Francis Newton Souza, one of the key Indian artists of the 20th-century, inspired by his personal writings, letters, drawings and possessions.

An Old Dog's Diary is nominated for the Short Film Award.

Lili

Lili

Director An van Dienderen
Belgium 2015
11 mins

China Girls was the name given to women whose faces act as the guide for colour balance in film stocks and who, despite the moniker, almost always displayed caucasian skin tones.

Lili is nominated for the Short Film Award.

Scrapbook

Scrapbook

Director Mike Hoolboom
Canada-USA 2015
18 mins

A 1967 film shot at the Broadview Developmental Center, Ohio, is revisited and reflected upon by one of its original subjects.

Search Film

Search Film

Director Duncan Marquiss
UK 2015
25 mins

Considering innate human foraging behaviour by comparing a biologist’s field study of goshawks with searching in other contexts.

Someone Who Isn’t Me

Someone Who Isn’t Me

Director Jenna Collins
UK 2015
9 mins

Narratives mined from online drug user support forums, where codified anonymising practices create an uncanny duality of simultaneous intimacy and disavowal.

Black Code/Code Noir

Black Code/Code Noir

Director Louis Henderson
UK 2015
21 mins

Using the Internet as the social site of excavation and drawing on videos recorded on mobile phones and uploaded to YouTube, this film explores the ‘coding’ of the bio-political lives of African Americans throughout history.

Total running time 95 mins


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