The BFI London Film Festival 2016 has announced the full line-up and has put together another exciting programme.



The Festival will screen a total of 193 fiction and 52 documentary features, including 18 World Premieres, 8 International Premieres, 39 European Premieres. There will also be screenings of 144 short films, including documentary, live action, and animated works.

We already knew that A United Kingdom and Free Fire would open and close the 2017 festival, and now it has been revealed which movies will play in between.

Lion, Arrival, The Birth of a Nation, La La land, Manchester By The Sea, A Monster Calls, Nocturnal Animals, Queen of Katwe, and Their Finest will make up the headline galas.

Movies such as La La Land, Arrival and The Birth of a Nation will all play extensively on the festival circuit this autumn and are tipped to be potential Oscar contenders.

The Gala section also brings together some of cinema's biggest actors and directors as Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Casey Affleck, Damien Chazelle, Tom Ford, Denis Villeneuve, and Mira Nair are all involved.

The Official Competition is as follows:

  • Brimstone - Martin Koolhoven
  • Certain Woman - Kelly Reichardt
  • Clash - Mohamed Diab
  • Elle - Paul Verhoeven
  • Frantz - François Ozon
  • Goldstone - Ivan Sen
  • Layla M - Mijke de Jong
  • Moonlight - Barry Jenkins
  • Neruda - Pablo Larraín
  • A Quiet Passion - Terence Davies
  • Una - Benedict Andrews
  • Your Name - Makoto Shinkai

Goldstone, Layla M., Moonlight, and Una will all receive their European Premieres at the festival.

The BFI London Film Festival also recognises new directing talent with the First Feature Competition:

  • Chameleon - Jorge Riquelme Serrano
  • A Date For Mad Mary - Darren Thornton
  • Divines - Houda Benyamina
  • The Giant - Johannes Nyholm
  • Hedi - Mohamed Ben Attia
  • Lady Macbeth - William Oldroyd
  • The Levelling - Hope Dickson Leach
  • My Life As A Courgette - Claude Barras
  • Playground - Bartosz M. Kowalski
  • Porto - Gabe Klinger
  • Raw - Julia Ducournau
  • What's In The Darkness - Wang Yichun
  • Wulu - Daouda Coulibaly

The Documentary Competition line-up is as follows:

  • All This Panic - Jenny Gage
  • Chasing Asylum - Eva Orner
  • David Lynch: The Art Life - Jon Nguyen
  • The Graduation - Claire Simon
  • An Insignificant Man - Khushboo Ranka, Vinay Shukla
  • Lovetrue - Alma Har'el
  • On Call - Alice Diop
  • Safari - Ulrich Seidl
  • The Space in Between - Marina Abramovic and Brazil - Marco Del Fiol
  • Starless Dreams - Mehrdad Oskouei
  • Tower - Keith Maitland
  • The War Show - Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon

The BFI London Film Festival runs from 5th - 16th October.

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