BFI Announces Dates For 58th London Film Festival

The British Film Institute announced this morning that the 2014 installment of the UK’s largest annual movie festival will run from October 8th through to October 19th. Festival submissions for the London Film Fest including both feature and short films opens on February 10th.

The announcement was made from the current Berlin Film Festival where festival chief, Clare Stewart is currently searching for films to bring to London later this year with colleagues deputy head of festivals Tricia Tuttle, festival programmer Michael Blyth, and industry manager Andrea Bigger. London Film Festival Organizers commented on the announcement saying that they hope the current leading award nominees from last years festival will help the fest to claim a “strategic position in the award season calendar”, while also “capitalizing on the city’s high population of BAFTA members“.

Last years London Film Festival played host to 16 titles amongst this years Academy Award nominees including 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, Philomena, Saving Mr. Banks and Gravity all of which premiered at the fest in October 2013, as well as some of which walked away from the fest clinging to a prised London Film Festival Award.

The 2013 installment of the fest, opened with the European premiere of Captain Phillips and closed with the world premiere of Saving Mr. Banks as well as attracted audiences of 151,000 to the UK capital. The 2013 festival screened a total of 235 fiction and documentary features from 74 countries, with more than 600 filmmakers attending to present their work.

The opening and closing night films were also beamed into 50 cinemas across the U.K. with live highlights from red carpet arrivals of Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks for “Captain Phillips,” and Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks for “Saving Mr. Banks.” These screenings reached a further 11,200 people.

Submission for the festival will close on June 13th for shorts and June 20th for features.

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