BFI London Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival
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Clare Stewart at the 2016 festival

The BFI London Film Festival is an annual film festival founded in 1953 and held in the United Kingdom, running for two weeks in October with cooperation from the British Film Institute. It screens more than 300 films, documentaries and shorts from approximately 50 countries.


In 1953 a group of critics including Dilys Powell of The Sunday Times, raised the notion of a film festival for London. The first London Film Festival was conceived by James Quinn, and took place at the NFT (National Film Theatre, now renamed BFI Southbank) from 16–26 October 1953. It was launched after the inauguration of the new NFT on its current site under Waterloo Bridge, and screened 15-20 films from a selection of directors, including Akira Kurosawa, Satyajit Ray, Yasujirō Ozu, Luchino Visconti and Andrzej Wajda.[citation needed]

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