The BFI London Film Festival in Partnership with American Express® today confirmed the dates for the Festival’s 61st anniversary edition which will take place at venues across the UK capital from 4 -15 October 2017.

Submissions for the 2017 BFI London Film Festival are now open. Feature and short films can be submitted through the BFI London Film Festival website. The final deadline for short films and features is 5pm, Monday 12 June 2017.

Films entered through open submissions are eligible for Official Competition, Documentary Competition, First Feature Competition and Short Film Competition, provided they meet the other criteria for these sections and with priority given to European and World Premieres.

If you wish to have your film considered for the 61st BFI London Film Festival, 4-15 October 2017, please either include a Secure Online viewing link and password with your submission or send a DVD copy of the film, as soon as possible. You are also required to fill in an online submission form.

Deadline for receipt of online submission forms and film screeners:

  • Short films (40 mins or less) – 12 June 2017
  • Feature length films (more than 40 mins) – 12 June 2017

Please ensure you have read through the rules and regulations before submitting a film for BFI consideration.

You can download the rules and regulations here. (Fees For UK features or short films please see point 9 of the regulations for information regarding ‘UK production’ classification.)

Submission fee information:

  • Fee for International feature films:
    • Early Bird – £45 if received by 31 March 2017, 17.00GMT
    • Regular – £60 if received between 1 April – 31 May 2017, 17.00GMT
    • Late Submission – £75 if received between 1 June – 12 June 2017, 17.00GMT
  • Fee for International short films:
    • Early Bird – £20 if received by 31 March 2017, 17.00GMT
    • Regular – £30 if received between 1 April – 12 June 2017, 17.00GMT
  • Fee for UK feature films: 
    • Early Bird – £30 if received by 31 March 2017, 17.00GMT
    • Regular – £40 if received between 1 April – 31 May 2017, 17.00GMT
    • Late Submission – £55 if received between 1 June – 12 June 2017, 17.00GMT
  • Fee for UK short films: 
    • Early Bird – is £15 if received by 31 March 2017, 17.00GMT
    • Regular: £20 if received between 1 April – 12 June 2017, 17.00GMT

See more about fees here.


The (2016) 60th anniversary edition of the Festival last October presented 397 features and short films and achieved a 16% audience increase with 195,595 admissions, including satellite screenings to UK-wide cinemas for the Opening Night gala of A United Kingdom and Werner Herzog’s Lo & Behold (which was also presented, in a first for the Festival, as a virtual premiere). The Closing Night gala was the European premiere of Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire. In total, the Festival presented 587 screenings at 16 venues across the capital. More than 800 international and British filmmakers attended the Festival to support their films in the programme, ranging from major global superstars and many of the world’s most established directors, to new talents making their first short film.

The Festival remains committed to agenda-setting debate on the future of the film industry, presenting the BFI Black Star Symposium which was launched with a powerful and rousing keynote from David Oyelowo, star of A United Kingdom and Queen of Katwe.

2016’s prestigious BFI Fellowship, presented at the Festival, recognised the extraordinary talents of British director Steve McQueen, and the Best Film was awarded to Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women.

In another first for the Festival, a 780 seat temporary cinema was built in London’s iconic Victoria Embankment Gardens by the River Thames. This new venue attracted more than 22,000 attendances and provided a new home for the Festival’s Official Competition premieres and Strand Gala presentations. The Festival also expanded its Headline Gala and Special Presentation sections.

The Festival did very well in championing and leading the way with diversity and welcomed leading lights from across the international film industry in 2016. Acting talent supporting films at the Festival included brilliant British Blacklisters: David Oyelowo, Babou Cessay, Sasha Lane, Gabrielle Union, Dev Patel, Lupita Nyong’o, Eric Kofi-Abrefa, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Janelle Monáe and many more.
Directors presenting their work included Amma Asante, Nate Parker, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Mohamed Diab, Barry Jenkins, Makoto Shinkai and more.

See more about the 61st BFI London Film Festival in Partnership with American Express® here.

Go to The British Blacklist YouTube page to see footage of our 2016 BFI London Film Festival coverage here.