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Explore films In Competition at London BFI starting this week

 

  BFI London Film Festival

 

 

 

 

 

Explore the films competing for glory

 

Explore the competitions at the 61st BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express®

 

Not sure where to start at LFF? Our competition sections are a brilliant way to start your Festival adventure, featuring our selections of the most innovative, inspiring filmmaking happening today. Explore the best film category as well as highlights from first time filmmakers, documentaries and short films.

Official Competition titles are hosted at the amazing Embankment Garden Cinema, our hugely popular temporary cinema which features Dolby® 7.1 surround sound and 4K digital projection.

 

 

 

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Official Competition

 

Just some of the great films competing in our official competition

 

 

The Breadwinner

 

 

The Breadwinner

 

08 & 15 Oct

This exceptional animated film about a girl’s struggles in Afghanistan is based on the bestselling novel by Deborah Ellis.

 

 

 

Wajib

 

 

Wajib

 

09 & 11 Oct

An estranged father-son relationship in the vibrant city of Nazareth makes for an immensely entertaining drama by Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir.

 

 

 

Angels Wear White

 

 

Angels Wear White

 

12 - 14 Oct

One night in a hotel room has catastrophic consequences in this piercing drama that takes a young female perspective on corruption and sexual exploitation.

 

 

 

Sweet Country

 

 

Sweet Country

 

12 & 13 Oct

Australian director Warwick Thornton brings a vital Indigenous perspective and great cinematic vision to this powerful, revisionist epic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Feature Competition

 

The Sutherland Award recognises the most original and imaginative directorial debut

 

 

Cargo

 

 

Cargo

 

13 - 15 Oct

Tensions erupt when three sons are forced to take over a failing family fisheries business in this dark and compelling North Sea drama.

 

 

 

Winter Brothers

 

 

Winter Brothers

 

10 - 13 Oct

Two quarry-worker brothers are swept into a vicious feud in this intensely performed and aesthetically distinctive debut, featuring House of Cards’ Lars Mikkelsen.

 

 

 

Ava

 

 

Ava

 

05 - 09 Oct

A bold and inventive coming-of-age tale with a difference.

 

 

 

Most Beautiful Island

 

 

Most Beautiful Island

 

09 - 13 Oct

Searing social realism with a bold genre twist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Documentary Competition

 

The Grierson Award recognises films with integrity, originality, and social or cultural significance

 

 

Bobbi Jene

 

 

Bobbi Jene

 

05 - 10 Oct

A fascinating documentary about contemporary dancer Bobbi Jene, whose ambition and physicality will in turn impress and mesmerise.

 

 

 

Jane

 

 

Jane

 

13 - 15 Oct

An extraordinary and inspiring journey into the life of British primatologist Jane Goodall, with never-seen-before archive footage and a beautiful Philip Glass score.

 

 

 

The Prince of Nothingwood

 

 

The Prince of Nothingwood

 

13 - 15 Oct

A rousing behind-the-scenes account of the life of Salim Shaheen, Afghanistan’s most prolific actor/director, and a one-man charisma-bomb.

 

 

 

Kingdom of Us

 

 

Kingdom of Us

 

07 & 08 Oct

A powerful documentary exploring the collective recovery of a family following the father’s suicide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short Film Award

 

Recognising short form works with a unique cinematic voice

 

 

Programme 1

 

 

Programme 1

 

The Short Film Award recognises short form works with a unique cinematic voice and a confident handling of chosen theme and content.

 

 

 

Programme 2

 

 

Programme 2

 

The Short Film Award recognises short form works with a unique cinematic voice and a confident handling of chosen theme and content.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BFI Recommends

 

Vibrant 2017 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights

 

Vibrant 2017 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights

8 – 26 October
Finborough Theatre
Now in its ninth consecutive year, Vibrant 2017 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, our annual celebration of new writing returns.

 

 

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The African Gaze

 

The African Gaze

19.30 – 20.30 on 13 Oct, 10 Nov & 8 Dec
Victoria & Albert Museum
African Heritage within the V&A’s Europe 1600 – 1815 Galleries: Nadia Denton’s tour will give an overview of the African presence in 17th and 18th Century Europe.

Image Credit - Peter the Great with Black Page, Gustav Von Mardefeld (1720), Victoria & Albert Museum, London

 

 

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Victory Condition

 

Victory Condition

5 – 21 October
Royal Court Theatre
An attempt to get to grips with the fact that everything happens at once.

 

 

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