The 60th BFI London Film Festival took place 5-16 October 2016. London Film Festival has become one of the world’s most important film festivals, playing a vital role in the UK’s culture, positioning London as one of the world’s top creative cities and top cultural destinations.
BFI London Film Festival showcased 380 features and shorts from 74 countries. The films’ selection was rich and diverse including screenings of Andrea Arnold’s ‘American Honey‘, Damian Chazelle’s ‘La La Land‘, Denis Villeneuve’s film ‘Arrival’, Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’, Nate Parker’s ‘The Birth Of A Nation’, Mira Nair’s ‘Queen Of Katwe’, Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’, JA Bayona’s ‘A Monster Calls’, Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight’ (Oscar winner – update).
The 60th BFI London Film Festival was opened with the European Premiere of a British drama ‘A United Kingdom‘ directed by Amma Assante, starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo. Whilst Ben Wheatley‘s much-anticipated film ‘Free Fire‘ closed the BFI London Film Festival.
First press conference of the 60th Film Festival took place at the May Fair Hotel and presented ‘A United Kingdom‘ film by Amma Assante. Followed by another exciting conference of Denis Villeneuve‘s film ‘Arrival‘ at the Corinthia hotel.
The BFI London Film Festival celebrated its 60th birthday by building a temporary 780-seats cinema in the Victoria Embankment Gardens on the Thames for the Strand Gala screenings and Official Competition. HauteCultureUK visited the new theatre as well as the red carpet/screenings of the two new exciting and shocking dramas – ‘Elle‘ by Paul Verhoeven starring Isabelle Huppert and the ‘Brimstone‘ by Martin Koolhoven.
Premier Events team and the BFI Press team managed gala red carpets taking place each night in Leicester Square and Embankment Garden. London Film Festival hosted many stars such as Casey Affleck, Dev Patel, Michelle Williams, Amy Adams, Gemma Arterton, Nicole Kidman, Liam Neeson, Lupita Nyong, Sigourney Weaver and many more arriving every day to London in support of their films.
British film industry engages with creative industries including music, art, television, games, and technology. BFI holds “LFF Connects‘ – the high-impact talk and networking events, featuring an exciting line-up of guest speakers, including Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones (TV creators), David Cage (games writer), Liam Young (speculative architect), DJ Yoda (hip hop turntablist) and many more. One event HauteCultureUK found the most exciting was dedicated to music in films. The talk and networking event featured Marc Robinson (Globe), Ilcan Eshkeri (composer) and Natasha Badwin (Group President Creative and Marketing, Imagem Music Group) and focused on the complex process of implementing music in the films.
BFI London Film Festival offered press an exciting opportunity to visit the ‘Filmmakers Afternoon Tea’ and to interview the stars and newcomers. HauteCultureUK was honoured to speak to and to interview Steven Cantor, Darren Thornton, Houda Benyamina, Justin Kelly and Gabe Klinger.
Amongst special events and appearances that the BFI London Festival is also famous for, the most notable was of Leonardo DiCaprio, Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace, presenting his new passion project ‘Before the Flood‘, a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens. The film follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time.
After the Festival, BFI launched the UK’s biggest season of film and tv ‘Black Star‘ to celebrate diversity, culture, versatility, and talent of the actors as well as to highlight the difficulties that the black actors face.
In many ways, the BFI London Film Festival acts as a barometer of world concerns. For its 60th anniversary event, the London Film Festival put diversity at the heart of its programme, to show, reflect and celebrate diversity not only of the actors but the diverse audiences in society as well. The Festival focused on and celebrated strong women in the film industry, multiculturalism, and LGBT as diversity is a source of creativity and inspiration, economic growth and energy to reach unity and peace. The Festival was looking for a fair reflection of people from different backgrounds, aiming to introduce new voices and untold stories from across the UK and the rest of the world.
BRIMSTONE, Martin Koolhoven,
CERTAIN WOMEN, Kelly Reichardt (winner)
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 PASSIO, Terence Davies
UNA, Benedict Andrews
YOUR NAME, Makoto Shinkai
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 (winner)
WHAT’S IN THE DARKNESS, Wang Yichun
WÙLU, Daouda Coulibaly
ALL THIS PANIC, Jenny Gage
CHASING ASYLUM, Eva Orner,
DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE, Jon Nguyen, Olivia Neergaard-Holm
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 (winner)
TOWER, Keith Maitland
THE WAR SHOW, Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon
SHORT FILM AWARD
THE SEND OFF, Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan,
LOVE, Réka Bucsi
THE GIRL WHO DANCED WITH THE DEVIL, João Paulo Miranda Maria,
9 DAYS – FROM MY WINDOW IN ALEPPO, Issa Touma, Thomas Vroe§ge, Floor van der Meulen (winner)
THE TREMBLING GIANT, Patrick Tarrant
YOUR MOTHER AND I, Anna Maguire
EARS, NOSE AND THROAT, Kevin Jerome Everson,
IMPORT, Ena Sendijarevic,
PICKLE, Amy Nicholson
THE SILENCE, Ali Asgari, Farnoosh Samadi
CANDY FLOSS, Jed Hart
THERE IS LAND!, Ana Vaz