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BFI Sets London Film Festival Dates, Opens Submissions

Submissions have opened for the 2018 BFI London Film Festival, which will run Oct. 10 -21. Official Competition, Documentary Competition, First Feature Competition and Short Film Competition entries can be submitted between now and mid-June.

The organizers have already said that Peter Jackson’s World War I feature documentary will have its world premiere at the London Film Festival.

Last year the festival had 900 international and British filmmakers present their work in the program, ranging from global stars and established directors to new talent. The fest has spread across the English capital in recent years, and 2017 attendance was up 9% at 212,000.

Breathe,” starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, opened the festival last year, and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the closing night gala movie.

Tricia Tuttle, previously the deputy head of festivals, is the LFF artistic director, and Anne-Marie Flynn, previously head of business and industry, is the festival’s managing director. The pair will cover for Clare Stewart, who is taking a year-long sabbatical.

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