A total of 164 feature films will play at this year’s London Film Festival, alongside an abundance of shorts, TV series and an expanded program of XR (extended reality) works — and that’s in a comparatively slimmed-down era of curation for a public-facing festival that has long aimed to bring the best of the global festival circuit to non-traveling cinephiles.What has definitely grown is the LFF’s national reach: In what fest director Tricia Tuttle terms the festival’s “new normal” format...
Tuttle was able to return the BFI’s London Film Festival (LFF) to pre-COVID-19 normalcy in 2022 after two tumultuous years of adjustments to keep it going, first as a largely virtual event and then with strict safety protocols in place. Opening with “Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical” and closing with Rian Johnson’s “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” both from Netflix, the October fest boasted 23 world premieres and a greater emphasis on diversity, with a wide range of titles from established and emerging filmmakers from around the world. Tuttle also expanded the reach and accessibility of the LFF by screening key titles at an increased number of partner venues throughout the U.K. during the festival and making programming available to stream on BFI Player the following week. With the 2022 fest in the rearview, she plans to leave her post in early 2023.