London has always been a popular location for moviemakers from around the world to film their blockbusters, so when the annual BFI London Film Festival takes place, visitors flock from near and far to watch new releases and old classics, snap up tickets for workshops, masterclasses and to be in the audience of interviews with those who make it happen in the industry and to share their love of all things cinematic with those there with them.
Taking place from 8-19 October 2014, if you’re staying at luxury hostels, London based Palmers Lodge, you’re in the ideal spot to take in the wide range of genres of film or to have the chance to go behind the scenes at events to find out about what makes the industry tick.
What’s happening at BFI London Film Festival
The festival is taking place across the city at 17 venues with 248 films being shown over 12 days.
Many films are enjoying their world premiere at the festival with the opportunity to walk the red carpet to see Gala screenings which include The Imitation Game – the story of the life of WW2 codebreaker Alan Turing on the opening night and the action drama Fury from renowned director David Ayer on the closing night.
Between these dates are film competitions, award ceremonies, classes in technical animation, a talk from the animation geniuses at DreamWorks and the showing of a secret film which the festival organisers promise will ‘reward those willing to take a risk’.
The locations include:
- BFI Southbank
- BFI IMAX
- Ciné Lumière
- Hackney Picturehouse
- Odeon Covent Garden
- Odeon Leicester Square
- Odeon West End
Tickets – how to buy
Tickets can be bought online, by telephone or in person. If you’re interested in the Gala performances, talk to BFI about the ballot they have in place for seats at these prestigious events.
Online: Create an account and log in http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff
Telephone: 020 7928 3232 (9:30 AM-8:30 PM daily)
In person: BFI Southbank (11:00 AM–8:30 PM daily)
You can also buy last minute tickets from 2 October or if you just want to turn up and join in, then you can buy returns tickets from each venue on each day.
Prices start from £9 per adult depending on the location, film or event and there are a number of concessions available.
Free things to do at the festival
If you’re on a budget, don’t worry as there are a number of free film screenings you can attend. A range of movies including classics such as Animal Farm or international titles from India such as the compelling Margarita, With a Straw are available at no cost. There are also workshops and talks which are free to attend so you can certainly more than fill your days with film pleasure and still have a purse full of cash as you head back to the hostel.
How to get there
Luxury hostels central London based Palmers Lodge is only a tube ride away from the action.
Just a minute or so away from Swiss Cottage tube, reach the main venues with these journeys:
BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX: Jubilee Line to Waterloo and then walk to Southbank or to the IMAX
Ciné Lumière: Jubilee Line to Green Park and then Piccadilly Line to South Kensington
Attending the festival is an enriching experience for those who love film and for those who watch the occasional movie. It will be a combination of motivational presentation from industry leaders, glamour at the Gala events and the ultimate in film education opportunities. Even if you only watch the occasional DVD on a Saturday night, visit whilst in London and broaden your horizons and immerse yourself in the suspension of your disbelief as you join others in this feast of film.