66th BFI London Film Festival announces UK and London-wide program venues and structure
After a very successful 2021 edition of the IBF London Film Festival in partnership with American Express, we will maintain for 2022 the format of the festival developed over the past two years, allowing the LFF to reach audiences across the UK. Alongside the iconic landmark IBF south shore, the LFF will continue its partnership with the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Center to ensure London’s South Bank maintains its position at the heart of the film festival experience.
Five more London partners will return, with the West End remaining a key hub for the Festival’s film schedule with wider availability at 10 UK– large cinemas and a wide range of program films projection on IBF Player, alongside cinema premieres.
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The 66th edition of the festival will feature over 160 feature films, 8 new series, 6 Screen Talks, breathtaking immersive art and X-ray projects under the LFF Extended Strand (which returns to 26 Leake Street), a robust LFF For a free program of events that will include panel discussions, a short film program, book launches and more, the LFF Awards at the end of the festival and an extensive industry program.
Accessible online to audiences across the UK, IBF Player will host a specially curated program of 25 feature films, which will screen from October 14-23 and allow audiences to choose when they want to watch a particular title within the dates of the virtual festival.
The LFF also revealed the new 2022 creation that will be rolling out across the UK In the coming months. Work with a creative agency DBLG for the sixth year, and drawing inspiration from Norman Engleback’s 1950s sign for the National Film Theatre, the IBF continues to build on the festival’s existing cascading iconography to create a bold yet playful identity that represents the LFF as the dynamic and diverse celebration of cinematic storytelling that it is.
2022 UK-wide cinema screening partner venues
The LFFPhysical screenings at the festival’s cinema will take place at several West End partner venues, including Curzon Soho (screens 1, 2 & 3), Curzon Mayfair (screen 1), Institute of Contemporary Arts (I CA), Odeon Luxury West End (1 Screens & 2) at the Londoner Hotel and Prince Charles Cinema; as well as 10 cinemas around the UK: Broadway Cinema (Nottingham), Chapter (Cardiff), Edinburgh Filmhouse (Edinburgh), Glasgow Film Theater (Glasgow), RESIDENCE (Manchester), Mac (Birmingham), Queen’s Film Theater (Belfast), Showroom Cinema (Sheffield), Tyneside Cinema (Newcastle) and Watershed (Bristol). As in previous years, the LFF works closely with theaters to offer the public a wide range of new festival programming.
The 66th IBF The London Film Festival in partnership with American Express runs from Wednesday October 5 to Sunday October 16, 2022. The IBF LFF the program launch, when the full program will be unveiled, is Thursday, September 1, 2022.