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The BFI Film Festival is a highly prestigious event that showcases some of the most exceptional new films from around the world. It provides a unique and exclusive platform for film enthusiasts to explore movies that are not available elsewhere. All the featured films and series are premiered for the first time in the UK, and in some cases, the only time, making it an unparalleled opportunity for movie lovers.

The festival is held at some of the most distinguished venues and artistic spaces in London, including the BFI Southbank Centre, which hosts the opening and closing galas. The festival is not only about showcasing films but also about celebrating the art of filmmaking. It provides an opportunity for filmmakers, actors, and industry professionals to come together, share their experiences, and discuss the latest trends and developments in the industry.

The BFI Film Festival is not just limited to feature films but also includes documentaries, short films, and animated films. It offers a diverse range of movies, catering to different tastes and preferences. The festival also hosts Q&A sessions, workshops, and panel discussions with filmmakers and industry experts, providing a unique learning experience for attendees.

In summary, the BFI Film Festival is a must-attend event for movie enthusiasts, providing a rare opportunity to explore some of the best new films from around the world and to learn from the best in the industry.

Venues during the festival:


  • Curzon Mayfair

  • Curzon Soho

  • Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

  • Prince Charles Cinema

  • Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall

  • Vue West End

The excitement is palpable! You are cordially invited to the much-anticipated festival that is set to take place from October 4th to October 15th, 2023. With tickets already on sale, you have the opportunity to be a part of an unforgettable experience that promises the world's finest new movies, TV series, and immersive storytelling.


The festival offers a wide array of events that cater to everyone's interests. If you are on a tight budget, worry not, as there are plenty of free events to enjoy throughout the festival. You can attend informative talks, watch short film screenings, groove to the beats of DJ nights, and participate in fun family workshops, among other things.

With such a diverse range of events, there is something for everyone at the festival. So, don't miss out on this fantastic occasion! Come and revel in the festivities, meet new people, and immerse yourself in the world of cinema.

Booking opens on Monday 25 September at 10:00.

These events are completely free and are open to everyone, regardless of their background or status (subject to age restrictions). It is important to note that seating is not assigned, and unless otherwise stated, it is on a first-come, first-served basis. While tickets are required, they do not guarantee entry. Admission is based on availability and is granted in the order in which people arrive with their tickets. Therefore, we strongly advise you to arrive early to secure your spot, as latecomers may be refused entry.

Tickets range from as low as £5 so be sure to get yours!


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