The 67th BFI London Film Festival (LFF) will take place in cinemas and online, across the UK. Over twelve days from 4 – 15 October, the LFF will invite audiences to return to venues in the heart of London – BFI Southbank and the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, which between them host Galas, Special Presentations and Official Competition. Films and Series from all strands of the Festival will screen in many of central London’s iconic cinemas with a curated selection of features also being showcased at 9 partner venues across the UK.
The LFF will present a compelling and diverse programme of films, shorts, series and immersive works from 92 countries, featuring 79 languages playing across the 12 days of the festival. This includes 99 works made by female and non-binary filmmakers.
Every feature and series will screen to audiences in the UK for the very first time, with many shown publicly for the first time ever anywhere in the world. Premieres include 29 World Premieres (14 features, 2 series and 13 shorts), 7 International Premieres (6 features and 1 short) and 30 European Premieres (22 features, 1 series and 7 shorts).
World Premieres from filmmakers and artists include: Kibwe Tavares and Daniel Kaluuya’s The Kitchen which closes the festival, Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget by the award-winning British stop-motion giant Aardman Studios and coming of age rom-com Bonus Track by Julia Jackman.
The Film Foundation restoration of Michael Powell’s 1960 masterpiece Peeping Tom will also make an appearance, and the BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation’s restoration of Horace Ové’s pioneering 1975 debut Pressure.
International Premieres include Saltburn, directed, produced and written by Emerald Fennell which opens the festival, as well as collaboration between Deepa Mehta and Sirat Taneja I Am Sirat and This Is Going To Be Big by Thomas Charles Hyland.
Major European Premieres include One Life by James Hawes starring Anthony Hopkins, Expats directed by Lulu Wang starring Nicole Kidman, and All Of Us Strangers Andrew Haigh.
Kristy Matheson, BFI London Film Festival Director, said: “In preparing this 2023 festival, my colleagues and I have been endlessly buoyed by the artistry, ideas and talented individuals and communities that have come into our orbit. It’s now time to share all this wonder and we can’t wait for audiences to experience it all this October here in London and across the UK with LFF on Tour and online at BFI Player.“