It may be early in 2019 but that definitely doesn’t stop our pleasure in announcing that the BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express, have confirmed their dates for the Festival’s 63rd edition. This year it takes place from 2nd – 13th October, led by Festival Director Tricia Tuttle in her second year serving as Artistic Director. She had this to say:
“We had a cracking 2018 edition, our highest ever occupancies were a testament to our adventurous audiences who eagerly savour a wide range of global cinema. It made for a fabulous experience for filmmakers and a great place to launch a film. We can’t wait to build on that in 2019.”
The good news isn’t finished yet, because submissions for the 2019 BFI London Film Festival are now open! Feature and short films can be submitted through the website at
The final deadline for features and short films is Friday 14th June at 5pm GMT.
Films entered through open submissions are eligible for Official Competition, Documentary Competition, First Feature Competition and Short Film Competition, provided they meet the other criteria for these sections and with priority given to European and World Premieres.
The 62nd edition of the festival celebrated a record-breaking number of female filmmakers, with 38% of the films directed by women and 50% female directors in 3 of the 4 competitive categories. The programme was also widely applauded for its diversity and inclusion, showing films from 77 countries around the world and welcoming 900 international and British filmmakers to present their work. The festival featured a varied selection of 229 feature films and 159 short films from both established and emerging talent. Of those films, the festival hosted 21 World Premieres, 9 International Premieres and 29 European Premieres, with Steve McQueen’s Widows opening the festival, closing with the World Premiere of Jon S Baird’s Stan & Ollie and featuring Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite as its American Express Gala.
We’ll keep you updated as we hear it: