London Film Festival
The British Film Institute showcases the annual London Film Festival. It is currently being sponsored by The Times newspaper, and hence it is also known as The Times BFI London Film Festival in its entirety. Over 300 films from 60 countries will be presented throughout the festival.
|Date||Wednesday 15th October 2008 to Thursday 30th October 2008|
|Post code||SE1 8XT|
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2008 is the 52nd year of the London Film Festival which was in 1956 originally envisioned as a 'festival of festivals'. A selection of 15 films by renowned directors like Luchino Visconti, Akira Kurosawa and Andrzej Wajda was presented during the most initial edition. It was held one day after the inauguration of the National Film Theatre. NFT is now known as the BFI Southbank.
The festival launch features speeches by organisers, directors or producers, and often by the actors themselves. The screening of a film is attended by the makers of the film, giving the event a very glamourous touch. The audience also gets a chance to ask questions of their favourite star making the event unique and intimate. The closing of the event is marked by an awards ceremony. Awards are given to people involved in the making of a film for their various achievements.