Top 5 London film festivals this autumn

#5 – 21st French Film Festival UK

There’s good news for French cinema lovers. The 21st French Film Festival UK screenings will take place in London at the Ciné Lumière at the Institut Francais. This 21st tribute to le cinema français will include a restored version of Jacques Demy’s Lola. For romantic souls, don’t miss out on hits such as Love is in the Air with Ludivine Sagnier or the final part of the trilogy Chinese Puzzle (L’Auberge espagnole).
Thu 7 – Thu 21 November 2013


#4 – 57th BFI London Film Festival

This spectacular programme runs from 9th to 20th October. The festival was opened with The European Premiere of Sony Pictures´ Captain Phillips, directed by Paul Greengrass and starring the great Tom Hanks. With 234 feature films, 22 World Premieres, 16 International Premieres and 29 European Premieres the BFI London Film Festival is taking a huge number of big success stories around the world. Documentary, comedies, love, adventure and drama will all be available from the programme.
9th- 20th October 2013


#3 – 4th London Iranian Film Festival

The only annual festival to present Iranian cinema in the UK, the London Iranian Film Festival is run by UKIFF, a volunteer and non- political organisation. This is the perfect occasion for independent film lovers to discover a different form of cinema, and get closer to the Iranian culture. Apart from the screening around London, the programme will include a range of activities, exhibitions and networking seminars. A must-see event on the calendar!
1st – 9th November 2013


#2 – 7th London Korean Film Festival

The 7th London Korean Film Festival will offer the audience the funniest and most provocative works. This is a chance to travel into the contemporary Korean society thanks to films such as The Thieves, Architecture 101 and Barefoot Dreams. The festival will also house the first non- Korean language film, which will be screened in the Korean-Chinese co-production, Dangerous Liaison. For Films and venues check out the official website:
1st – 16th November 2013


#1 – 9th Latin America Film Festival

It´s time to see creative work from south of Hollywood. The 9th edition of the Latin America Film Festival covers all genres from tragedy to comedy. This is your time to meet very talented directors, actors at many different seminars, workshops and talks all over the city. An unmissable film: The Window by Carlos Sorin.
November 2013 (dates TBC)


From October to November, the city of London will become a buzz of seminars, workshops, talks and of course, a lot of cinema. If you are curious about the question: How is the world seen beyond Hollywood…? Then don´t hesitate to visit the official film festival websites and make sure you get your tickets. It´s time for quality cinema!

Planning your trip
If you are coming from any part of the UK, check out the National Express website and find out more about coach & rail travel information. Once you are in London follow the tube updates on the Transport for London site, so you can plan your journey to the screenings and film events. If you travel to London and need accommodation in the centre of the city you can compare London hotel prices with Hotel Club. Make sure you know the dates the films you like will be screen, so you can check in advance hotels availability.


By Marta López

Marta López is a lifestyle writer based in London. She loves cinema, literature and meeting new cultures. When she is not writing on her laptop she can be found around the city looking for the best independent cinemas.

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