BFI London Film Festival 2020
BFI London Film Festival is back, this year with a new exciting approach to combine cinema goers with their new line up of films.
This year, BFI has introduced their festival with 58 new films from across 40 countries on a virtual platform (the idea being introduced in July 2020) to allow everyone around the UK to watch these films. But, they still haven’t forgotten the cinemas and you can even go to the venues to watch films there too, these include: Barbican, Ciné Lumiére, Curzon Mayfair and Soho, ICA, and of course BFI Southbank.
Before each screening there comes a Q&A and an introduction from filmmakers and festival programmers.
The festival is maintaining the thematic strands it has used in previous editions, with the 10 for this year being: Love, Debate, Laugh, Dare, Cult, Journey, Create, Experimenta, Family, and Treasures.
Last week the festival unveiled LFF Expanded, its new virtual reality strand, which will screen 22 VR works via a dedicated virtual exhibition space called The Expanse.
This years programme includes: Spike Lee’s filmed take on David Byrne‘s smash-hit Broadway show American Utopia, Miranda July’s new film Kajillionaire and Josephine Decker’s Shirley Jackson biopic Shirley. The list goes on with Phyllida Lloyd’s feminist drama ‘Herself’, Thomas Vinterberg’s boozy character study ‘Another Round’, the Riz Ahmed-penned rap drama ‘Mogul Mowgli’, Harry Macqueen’s ‘Supernova’, Aleem Khan’s drama ‘After Love’ and Tsai Ming-Liang's Taiwanese opus ‘Days’.
A full list of films can be found here.
This years festival also reflects on this years events and encourages more on the voices of diversity by introducing topical discussion in the films being premiered and shown, as well as their events.
These events include:
The Immersive Art Revolution (9 October, 4PM)
Creating a Pandemic Recovery Plan for UK Distribution and Exhibition with Birds Eye View (13 October, 3PM)
Telling Black Stories on Screen: Kemp Powers in Conversation with Kwame Kwei-Armah (16 October, 4PM)
Taking Black Writers Seriously (18 October, 1PM)
A full list of events can be found here.
This years awards will be an audience voted, as there is no jury. The awards ceremony will take place on 18th October. So, keep your eye out for that!
The festival is running between 7-18 October 2020, tickets are still available and can be purchased from their website at BFI London Film Festival.
Don’t let the pandemic this year have you feeling blue. Let all the films, including Pixar’s, lift your ‘Soul’!
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Review by: Ali Armian.