London Film Festival happens once a year in the UK’s capital city. The festival will usually see fans from all over the country and stars of the screen descending on the city. However, with COVID-19 sending much of the festival online, when is it and how can fans watch the full programme?
When is the London Film Festival?
London Film Festival takes place every October, and this year will be no different.
The movie festival will start on October 7, and finish on October 18.
Some of the movies will be available in cinemas, meaning fans may want to come to London to enjoy the full festival, while the rest of the programme will be available virtually.
What movies are playing at the London Film Festival 2020?
As has been previously announced, the festival will open with the European premiere of Steve McQueen’s Mangrove, which stars Black Panther’s Letitia Wright and Shaun Parkes.
The final film of the festival will be Francis Lee’s Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.
Here is the full list of feature films playing in the various strands of the festival:
180° Rule – directed Farnoosh Samadi
200 Meters – directed by Ameen Nayfeh
A Common Crime – directed by Francisco Márquez
A Day-Off Of Kasumi Arimura – directed by Hirokazu Kore-Eda
African Apocalypse – directed by Rob Lemkin
After Love – directed by Aleem Khan
Ammonite – directed by Francis Lee
Another Round – directed by Thomas Vinterberg
Bad Tales – directed by Fabio D’Innocenzo and Damiano D’Innocenzo
Bloody Nose, Empty Pocket – directed by Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross
The Cheaters – directed by Paulette McDonagh
The Chess Game Of The Wind – directed by Mohammad Reza Aslani
Cicada – directed by Matt Fifer And Kieran Mulcare
Days – directed by Tsai Ming-Liang
David Byrne’s American Utopia – directed by Spike Lee
Delia Derbyshire: The Myths And Legendary Tapes – directed by Caroline Catz
The Disciple – directed by Chaitanya Tamhane
Farewell Amor – directed by Ekwa Msangi
Friendship’s Death – directed by Peter Wollen
Genus Pan – directed by Lav Diaz
Gold For Dogs – directed by Anna Cazenave Cambet
Herself – directed by Phyllida Lloyd
Honeymood – directed by Talya Lavie
I Am Samuel – directed by Pete Murimi
Identifying Features – directed by Fernanda Valadez
If It Were Love – directed by Patric Chiha
Industry – directed by Lena Dunham, Tinge Krishnan and Ed Lilly – TV series
The Intruder – directed by Natalia Meta
Kajillionaire – directed by Miranda July
Limbo – directed by Ben Sharrock
Mangrove – directed by Steve McQueen
Mogul Mowgli – directed by Bassam Tariq
Never Gonna Snow Again – directed by Małgorzata Szumowska and Michał Englert
New Order – directed by Michel Franco
Nomadland – directed by Chloé Zhao
Notturno – directed by Gianfranco Rosi
One Man And His Shoes – directed by Yemi Bamiro
The Painter And The Thief – directed by Benjamin Ree
Possessor – directed by Brandon Cronenberg
The Reason I Jump – directed by Jerry Rothwell
Relic – directed by Natalie Erika James
Rose – directed by Jennifer Sheridan
The Salt In Our Waters – directed by Rezwan Shahriar Sumit
Shadow Country – directed by Bohdan Sláma
Shirley – directed by Josephine Decker
Siberia – directed by Abel Ferrara
Soul – directed by Pete Docter and Kemp Powers
Sound For The Future – directed by Matt Hulse
Stray – directed by Elizabeth Lo
Striding Into The Wind – directed by Wei Shujun
Supernova – directed by Harry Macqueen
This Is My Desire (Eyimofe) – directed by Arie Esiri and Chuko Esiri
Time – directed by Garrett Bradley
Ultraviolence – directed by Ken Fero
Undine – directed by Christian Petzold
Wildfire – directed by Cathy Brady
Wolfwalkers – directed by Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart
Zanka Contact – directed by Ismaël El Iraki
How to watch the films at the London Film Festival
There is a mixture of cinema screenings and virtual presentations at this year’s festival.
Every screening will be presented with an introduction or Q&A from filmmakers and programmers, but due to the change in the way the films are shown, fans can engage with the festival for free in many ways.
All films are geo-blocked to the UK while all the festival talks and LFF Expanded are available to experience for free from anywhere in the world, meaning UK fans get exclusive access to a great deal of content.
Only the opening and closing films will receive just a cinematic screening, meaning all other films, while some may have cinematic screenings available, will also be available online.
To find out more about how to access screenings during the festival, visit the LFF website at www.bfi.org.uk/lff