South Bank London

Coming up at BFI London Film Festival

23 rd August 2023

The 67th edition of the BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express, brings dozens of original new films to South Bank to make their cinematic debut on the biggest screens in town. 

Taking place from 4-15 October, this year's festival spreads out across the South Bank with film screenings, talks, discussions, exhibitions and other film events at the BFI Southbank, BFI IMAX and the Royal Festival Hall plus the LFF Expanded exhibition at the Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf.

Ticket sales open in September and are staggered with BFI members getting early bird priority booking access. General public ticket sales open on 12 September. Keep your eye on the official festival website for the latest ticket announcements.

Here's a look at some of the biggest highlights of the 2023 festival that you don't want to miss!

Global premieres at Royal Festival Hall

This year the Southbank Centre joins the BFI London Film Festival as a venue, hosting some of the biggest premieres of the festival in its immense 2,700 seater Royal Festival Hall.


The latest film directed, produced and written by Academy Award winner Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) is a "very British tale of excess" set in the mid-2000s that boasts a glittering cast including Barry Keoghan, Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant and Carey Mulligan. Showing Wed 4 October.

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget

From the multi-Academy and BAFTA award-winning Aardman studio, this film is the eagerly anticipated sequel to Chicken Run, the highest-grossing stop-motion animated film of all time. Showing Sat 14 October.

The Kitchen

Directed by British filmmakers Kibwe Tavares and Daniel Kaluuya, The Kitchen explores themes of community, inequality, family, resilience, defiance and care in a dystopian near-future London where the gap between rich and poor has been stretched to its limits. Showing Sun 15 October.

One Life

One Life tells the true story of Sir Nicholas ‘Nicky’ Winton, a young London broker played by Hopkins, who, in the months leading up to the Second World War, rescued 669 children from the Nazis. Showing 12 October.

BFI LFF Expanded at OXO Tower Wharf

The Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf is the host of this year's LFF Expanded exhibition, the festival's XR and Immersive film programme.

Now in its 4th year, LFF Expanded showcases a rich selection of works from creators working at the forefront of emerging technologies, including interactive virtual reality, screen-based installations, augmented reality, mixed reality, immersive audio experience and live performance. Open from 3–23 October.

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