On this page we will provide information on film festivals occurring in London this year including: locations, featured genres, contact details, how to buy tickets and what to look out for.

Awards Film Festivals


BFI London Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival
The British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival is an annual event in London’s social calendar that takes place at the end of October.  Screenings take place at cinemas and other locations across the city with over 300 movies, many of which are world premieres. The event is rounded off with an awards ceremony with categories including best film, best foreign film and best actor.

Genres: Documentary, foreign film, short
Where: BFI Imax, BFI Southbank, Odeon Leicester Square and various other locations across London.
How often: Annual
When: Late October
Where to buy tickets: Buy tickets from BFI Southbank or phone 020 7928 3232
Cost: between £9 and £16 per film

London International Animation Festival 

The first London International Animation Festival took place 14 years ago and since then they have been giving awards for the best movies from around the world in the genre. They showcase the best national and international films for adults and children and also show live screenings.

Genres: Animation, categories for awards include: best international film, best British Film, best sound design, best children’s film
Where: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London
How often: Annual
When: December 1st – 10th 2017
Cost: Standard Tickets £11.50

The UK Film Festival

The first UK Film Festival occurred in 2011, since that year they have showcased up and coming directors and also shown more established works.

Genres: Categories include.. best documentary, best short film, and best animation among others.
Where: The Festival takes place at the BFI Stephen Street, Bermondsey Square and also visits various other locations across the country
How often: every year
When: in November
Where to buy tickets: tickets can be bought from Eventrbrite.
Cost: Some films are free, most are between £6 and £20. There are also several special events and workshops that are as expensive as £300.


World Film

The Chinese Visual Festival

This annual festival provides an insight into the cultural rich and varied Chinese world through the medium of film and movie-making. Many of the films, documentaries and shorts document the struggles and challenges of modern life in China, but also the hope that has always been a characteristic of the people.

Contact Details: info@chinesevisualfestival.org
Genres: Animation, Movie Shorts, Social Documentaries
Where: Kings College London, BFI Southbank, Curzon Bloomsbury
How often: Every year
When: April/May
Where to buy tickets: The Chinese Visual Festival website
Cost: Tickets for some films are free, others are between £6 and £12

Crystal Palace International Film Festival

The Crystal Palace International Film Festival is entering into it’s 9th year and has grown from a small gathering off like minded independent arts cinema fans to a serious player in the London film festival calendar.

Contact Details: Telephone – 07866 125943 / email – roberta@cpiff.co.uk
Genres: Independent film, foreign film
Where: Crystal Palace
How often: Annual
When: 27th October to 18th November 2017
Where to buy tickets: Eventbrite
Cost: Most screenings are free, workshops are as much as £300 for three days.

Film Africa

Established in 2011 Film Africa is an annual film festival that will take place in  between the 27th of October and the 5th November 2017 in various settings across London. The schedule includes various educational workshops, family activities, and a music night, all of these activities and events will have a celebrate African culture, heritage and creativity. For Africans and people of African heritage it will be an opportunity to beat the drum of their content through music and film, whereas for non Africans it will represent a chance to learn more about that fascinating continent through these arts.

Contact Details: Sign up for information here – http://www.filmafrica.org.uk/education/ / email – info@filmafrica.org.uk / telephone: +44 (0)20 3073 8335Genres: Foreign Film, documentary, drama

Where: Rich Mix – Bethnal Green, Hackney Picturehouse, Ritzy Cinema – Brixton Oval, South, London Gallery -Peckham among others.
How often: Annual
When: 27th October to 5th November

Where to buy tickets: Visit website for information on how to buy tickets and pricing
Cost: Prices vary by location and event

Irish Film Festival
Genres: Documentary, comedy, drama
Where: Regent Street Cinema, and other
How often: Annual
When: September for Revolutions screening, at Regent street and November 29th-December 3rd for other events/em>
Where to buy tickets: Buy tickets from BFI Southbank or phone 020 7928 3232
Cost: £12 per viewing

Terracotta Far East Film Festival

Sponsored by Universal Film Studios and featuring cinema from The Philippines, China, Thailand, Vietnam the Terraccotta Far East Film Festival is one the well respected and exotic of London’s film festivals.  The first was in 2010 and the Terracotta Film Festival occurred annually up to 2014 until a late cancellation in 2015 broke the sequence. The Festival has not occurred since but a  big comeback is planned for 2018, so look forward to the biggest and best one yet.

Contact: 020 7494 3654
Genres: Foreign film, horror, romance, documentary
Where: The Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Street
How often: Annually between 2010 and 2014, next will be in 2018
When: May-June, 2018
Where to Buy tickets: The Prince Charles Cinema Website
Price: not decided yet but, as a guide, the prices in 2014 were £66.50 for a season pass and £8.50 per film

UK International Jewish Film Festival
In November 2017 the UK International Jewish Film Festival will celebrate its 21st birthday with an international array of films and cultural events each one shedding a light on the Jewish diaspora around the world.

Contact: +44(0)203 176 0048 / Email – info@ukjewishfilm.org
Genres: Foreign film, historical drama, war, documentary
How often: Annual
When: 9th – 26th November, 2017
Where to Buy tickets: Visit their website for information on becoming a member: Jewish Film Festival Website
Price: Become a member of the Jewish Film Festival for £5 a month by direct debit or pay a £60 pound one-off fee for a years membership


LGBTQ+ Film Festivals

Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest

Fringe! enters into it’s 8th year in 2018 and promises to be a bigger event than any that have preceded. The Queer film festival features some of the best in experimental film and art, and also parties, workshops and walks. It is a not-for-profit organisation which was founded by a group of independent filmmakers artists in response to budget cuts to the arts in recent years. The event is run entirely by volunteers and many of the events are free or donation only. If you would like to submit a film then email Fringe! on: submit@fringefilmfest.com

Contact: submit@fringefilmfest.com
Genres: Queer film, experimental, film shorts
Where: Barbican Centre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS
How often: Annual
When: 14th – 19th November 2017
Where to buy tickets: Buy tickets from the Fringe! website
Cost: None provided on website

GFEST – Gaywise FESTival

Gaywise is a Gay festival that champions movies, short films and other art work of members of the Lesbian and Gay community. It takes place every November.

Genres:LGBT cross art, documentaries, drama
Where: 2nd Floor, Wood Green Library, High Rd, Wood Green, London N22 6XD
How often: Annual
When: Program details to be announced later
Where to buy tickets: Buy tickets from the Fringe! website
Cost: None provided on website