October marks the return of the BFI London Film Festival, which highlights the year’s most anticipated films in venues across the city, including a 780-seat pop-up cinema in Victoria Embankment Gardens.

Celebrating its 60th year, the UK’s biggest film festival will be showing 245 fiction and documentary films, which includes 18 world premieres, eight international premieres, 39 European premieres and 144 short films.

The festival’s array of gala screenings include Amma Asante’s biopic A United Kingdom starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo, Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi feature Arrival starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, and Sundance Jury and Audience winner A Birth of a Nation, which stars and is directed by Nate Parker.

Making a return to the festival is British director Ben Wheatley, who is following last year’s festival gala feature High-Rise with action thriller Free Fire starring Brie Larson and Cillian Murphy;  Whiplash director Damian Chapelle with the much-anticipated La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone; and You Can Count on Me director Kenneth Lonergan with Manchester by the Sea, starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams.

Other films to be featured at LFF include animated film Trolls, Cannes Grand Prix winner It’s Only The End Of The World, and The 13th by Selma director Ava DuVernay.

The 60th BFI London Film Festival will run between 5th and 18th October, with its annual award ceremony taking place on the 15th.  The ceremony will also see 12 Years of Slave director Steve McQueen receive the acclaimed BFI Fellowship, making him the youngest ever winner of the award.

For more information, please visit the BFI LFF site.

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