Film Festival to take London by storm

This year’s London Film Festival promises to be a real thriller, with 225 features, shorts and documentaries being screened from 10 – 21 October, as well as several discussions and masterclasses with leading industry figures.

The festival will be opened by Tim Burton’s much-anticipated Frankenweenie, while Mike Newell’s take on Great Expectations will close the festival.

14 world premieres will be screened, including Crossfire Hurricane, a new Rolling Stones documentary.

Other highlights include Quartet, Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut; Paul Andrew Williams’s Song For Marion, featuring two world-class veterans – Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp; Michael Haneke’s Palm d’Or-winning Amour; and Ben Affleck’s Argo.

For the first time, the festival will also feature a competition element, with 12 films going head to head in the main competition component. There will also be a category for documentaries, a category for “first features” and a British Newcomer prize.

This year, the festival will also include more cinemas than ever. In addition to the big Leicester Square cinemas (Odeon West End, Vue West End, Odeon Leceister Square and Empire), the ICA, the Curzon Mayfair, the Ritzy in Brixton, Cine Ciné Lumière and BFI Southbank, this year’s festival will include the Hackney Picturehouse, the Renoir, the Screen on the Green in Islington and the Rich Mix in Shoreditch.

The 56th BFI London Film Festival runs from 10-21 October 2012. General release tickets go on sale on the 24th of September.