66th BFI London Film Festival: Everything you need to know about UK's oldest film festival

66th BFI London Film Festival: Everything you need to know about UK's oldest film festival
Official poster for BFI London Film Festival 2022 (British Film Institute)

It’s that time of the year when all movie lovers head to the UK and enjoy cozy autumn filled with extraordinary films at the BFI London Film Festival. The annual event hosted by the British Film Institute is returning to London and will be displaying amazing titles from some of the most remarkable directors across the globe.

LFF is the oldest film festival in the UK and was founded in 1957. The annual event generally takes place in the month of October and screens more than 300 films, documentaries, shorts, and TV series from more than 50 countries. This year’s event will be really special as it will be opening with the world premiere of ‘Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical’ at the Royal Festival Hall. On the other hand, the event will come to a close with Rian Johnson’s highly anticipated ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Story’.

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Every year, we see a lot of Hollywood A-listers walking down the red carpet of this prestigious event and this year will be no different because a plethora of Hollywood biggies have already announced that they will be present this time around. With the 66th London Film Festival just around the corner, here’s everything you need to know about the event.

When will 66th London Film Festival begin?

The 66th edition of the London Film Festival begins on Wednesday, October 5, and will be running for two weeks. The festival will end with Rian Johnson’s ‘Glass Onion’ on October 16th.

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Where does the London Film Festival take place?

National Film Theatre has been the home of London’s prestigious event. In 2007, the National Film Theatre was relaunched as BFI Southbank and is located under the arch of the Waterloo Bridge. However, the movies are screened at different venues throughout the UK.

This year’s venues include BFI Southbank, Curzon Mayfair, Curzon Soho, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), ODEON Luxe West End, Prince Charles Cinema, and Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. Meanwhile, other venues around the UK include Broadway Cinema (Nottingham), Chapter (Cardiff), Edinburgh Filmhouse, Glasgow Film Theatre, HOME (Manchester), Midland Arts Centre (Birmingham), Queen’s Film Theatre (Belfast), Showroom Cinema (Sheffield), Tyneside Cinema (Newcastle), and Watershed (Bristol).

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Which movies and TV shows will be shown during London Film Festival?

In recent years, the London Film Festival has become a Launchpad for the Oscars. Last year, we saw Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ and Noah Baumbach’s ‘White Noise’ getting featured at the festival. Both movies went on to receive multiple nominations during Hollywood’s biggest night.

Brendan Fraser in a still from 'The Whale' (A24)
Brendan Fraser in a still from 'The Whale' (A24)

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This year will be no different as well because a lot of big movies that are being considered frontrunners in different categories will be appearing at the LFF. Films like ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Story’, ‘The Whale’, ‘The Son’, ‘Decision To Leave’, ‘Empire of Light’, ‘The Wonder’, ‘My Policeman’, ‘Pinocchio’, ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ and more will be shown at this year’s event.

On the other hand, Emily Blunt’s upcoming western drama ‘The English’ will be having its world premiere at this year’s London Film Festival as well.

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Who will be attending this year’s London Film Festival?

This year’s event will be a star-studded affair and a lot of Hollywood stars will be seen walking down the red carpet. Hollywood superstars and filmmakers such as Jennifer Lawrence, Brendan Fraser, Noah Baumbach, Janelle Monae, Aubrey Plaza, Emma Thompson, Greta Gerwig, Tilda Swinton, Florence Pugh, Damian Lewis, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Jennifer Saunders, Judi Dench, Florian Zeller, Vanessa Kirby, Sam Mendes, Olivia Colman, Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Rian Johnson, Kathryn Hahn, Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr. and many more.

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Jennifer Lawrence attends the premiere of 20th Century Fox's
Jennifer Lawrence attends the premiere of 20th Century Fox's 'Dark Phoenix' at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 4, 2019, in Hollywood, California (Getty Images)

Watch this space for more updates on the London Film Festival. 

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