Line-up revealed for London Film Festival


Details for the 56th BFI London Film Festival have been revealed ahead of the start of the event next month.

Festival director Clare Stewart has revamped the traditional programme to focus on awards as well as introducing a number of new venues to the event to broaden the appeal to the audiences.

For the first time there will be a competition between 12 key films as part of plans to develop the festival into a key date for filmmakers and movie fans and compete with other international film festivals. There will also be a hotly fought contest for the title of best British newcomer prize between eight actors and directors.

"It helps to position the festival more internationally," explained the festival's new director.

"It puts you in the playing field with festivals like Cannes, Venice and Berlin."

Over the course of the festival there will be a total of 14 world premieres, including a new Rolling Stones documentary entitled Crossfire Hurricane by Brett Morgen as well as much-anticipated Bollywood saga Chakravyuh.

Tim Burton's new Frankenweenie movie will open the festival with its European premiere. Featuring the voices of Winona Ryder, Martin Short and Martin Landau, the animated film tells the story of a child who uses science to try to bring his precious dog back to life. There are also a number of workshops being held involving members of Frankenweenie's production team.

The film festival runs from October 10th to the 21st and films are been screened in a number of venues across the capital, making it ideal for film fans staying in central London hotels.

Tickets will go on general sale from September 24th, with members of the British Film Institute getting priority booking from September 13th.