The London Film Festival says free events are “essential” in the midst of the cost of living crisis

The London Film Festival says free events are “essential” in the midst of the cost of living crisis

The London Film Festival says free events are “essential” in the midst of the cost of living crisis

The head of the BFI London Film Festival said the free elements of the event are “essential” given the cost of living crisis.

The LFF, run by the British Film Institute, takes place in October and presents LFF for Free, a program of free events.

Festival director Tricia Tuttle reflected on the free or low-cost elements of the festival, telling the new PA agency, “You could build an entire festival without having to spend anything, and I love it.

“We launched LFF for free in 2019 and even then we knew we wanted people to be able to come to the festival, buy a ticket, but then experience a lot of different things without having to pay.

“Or to not even buy a ticket, but simply to come and do as much as possible.

“So it was part of our strategy then and now it seems even more essential, when people really have to think about how they spend their money. You can still get involved with the festival. “

BFI CEO Ben Roberts told PA: “We have our free program, we have frozen our prices. We really care about access to history and culture.

“So we’re making sure there are plenty of programs available for everyone, this has always been part of our mission, but you really feel it at the festival.

“I mean, at the same time the festival has to sell a lot of tickets, and that’s the challenge at the moment, but yeah, it’s a festival for everyone.”

The 66th edition of the LFF will take place in London from 5 to 16 October and will extend to cultural venues in 10 other UK cities, including Manchester, Sheffield, Cardiff and Belfast.

Ms Tuttle said that expansion across the country is “central to the festival’s goal,” adding: We have known for a long time, even before the pandemic, that we built this beautiful festival in London and we wanted audiences to be around the UK to have access to that too.

“We work so hard for the festival and that it is only available to a small number of people in the capital is crazy.”

The festival – which will open with Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical and close with Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery – will feature a variety of films, series and short films, as well as immersive extended reality works.

Ms. Tuttle said: “This year we open with Matilda The Musical by Roald Dahl, which is obviously an adaptation of the stage musical. A lot of people around the world have seen that show and they won’t be disappointed with this amazing movie.

“Then we also close with Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery and also a really, really playful and fun way to end the festival.”

Some of the biggest releases on the festival program, which was announced at the BFI Southbank, include My Policeman, starring Harry Styles and Emma Corrin, and She Said, after Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan as the reporters who discovered and sued Harvey Weinstein. .

Highly anticipated releases also include Till, Empire Of Light and The Son, a sequel to Oscar-winning The Father.

Also in the lineup is The Banshees Of Inisherin, by Martin McDonagh – the director of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – and starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.

The films of the festival were divided into 13 strands according to themes and contents, including Love, Debate, Cult, Experimenta, Family and Thrill.

The BFI London Film Festival will take place from 5 to 16 October at various venues in London and the UK and online at BFI Player.

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