Founded in 1953, the London Film Festival is the United Kingdom’s biggest public film festival. Each year over 300 films are featured, ranging from documentaries to short films. The goal of the film festival is to highlight the best in world cinema while promoting creativity, imagination, and unique vision. The London Film Festival honors both current and emerging filmmakers and gives each an opportunity to gain recognition at the film festival.
Trying to compete with the Cannes International Film Festival for popularity and celebrity status, the Opening Ceremony and the Closing Ceremony have, over the years, become the highlight of the film festival. These ceremonies are increasingly known as a star-studded celebrity red carpet event that features well-known actors, producers, and directors.
Aside from the Opening Ceremony and the Closing Ceremony, the majority of the festival is informal. The London Film Festival tries to focus on the films and the viewing pleasure of the audience. The directors of the film festival have also incorporated a number of question and answer sessions after the films with the directors and producers. This gives people the opportunity to learn more about the cinematic process and the film business. This is one of the more poplar sessions at the film festival, and the number of question and answer sessions are increased each year.
The London Film Festival has several different sections into which the films are divided including New British Cinema, World Cinema, Short Cuts and Animation, and French Revolution. The categories are intended to highlight both current and emerging cinema talent.
The London Film Festival gives several awards each year. The Sutherland Trophy and the Grierson Award are the two most sought after awards at the film festival. The Sutherland Trophy is given to the most innovative and original feature that was premiered at the London Film Festival. The Grierson Award is given to the best documentary that is feature-length at the film festival. Other awards at the film festival include Best Film and Best British Newcomer. There are also two Fellowships that are awarded each year that recognize and reward new talent.
The London Film Festival will take place on October 14th, 2015 until October 29th, 2015. The film festival is open to the public, but tickets must be purchased in advance to attend any screening of the films. It is advisable to purchase tickets well in advance, as the film screenings consistently sell out.