From 7 to 18 October the 64th BFI London Film Festival is available across the UK.

It will be the first ever edition of the festival to be widely accessible wherever you are in the UK, with over 50 virtual premieres, free online events and cinema screenings across the land

Featuring twelve days of UK premieres available to enjoy online via BFI Player or in cinemas at BFI Southbank, around London, and throughout the UK. A Shorts, events and XR exhibition programs and an industry programme for professionals in the business.

TBB has pulled out our Short Film recommendations for the festival …

SHORTS

Chicken
Directed by Alana Hicks | Produced by Sleena Wilson | Written by Alana Hicks | Featuring Mariah Alone, Wendy P. Mocke

Young Barbara’s mother has just been overcharged at the local supermarket and it’s up to her to go there and sort it out.

  • Watch any time for free on BFI Player From Wednesday 7 October 2020 – Sunday 18 October 2020 Book here


Good Night (Da Yie)
Directed by Anthony Nti | Produced by Chingiz Karibekov, Anthony Nti | Written by Anthony Nti, Chingiz Karibekov

Two kids chasing chickens and playing football in the backstreets of Accra make friends with a rich guy. Their joie de vivre brings about a change in him.

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Buck Buck
Directed by Elegance Bratton, Jovan James | Produced by Chester Algernal Gordon | Written by Elegance Bratton, Jovan James | Featuring Malik Shakur, Biko Eisen-Martin, Simbi Kali

Lynn is caught in a heady mix of depression and self-determination. After a debauched night of setting boundaries and crossing others, he realises his path is his own to define.

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Panthers (Panteres)
Directed by Èrika Sánchez Marcos | Produced by Èrika Sánchez Marcos | Written by Èrika Sánchez Marcos | Featuring Laia Capdevila, Rimé Kopoború

Joana and Nina are 13-year-old girls on the brink of womanhood, provocatively confronting their female gender, queerness and social norms.

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Shagbands
Directed by Luna Carmoon | Produced by Loran Dunn | Written by
Luna Carmoon | Featuring Ruby Stokes, Frankie Box

During a sizzling summer in the noughties, a gang of South London schoolgirls face strange sexual awakenings, which culminate in a visceral fate.

  • Watch any time for free on BFI Player – (Closed captions available) From Wednesday 7 October 2020 – Sunday 18 October 2020 Book here


Gramercy
Directed by Jamil McGinnis, Pat Heywood | Produced by Gabija Blake, Claire McGirr, Myriam Schroeter | Written by Jamil McGinnis, Pat Heywood | Featuring Shaq Bynes, Karon Tracey, Jihad Marshall

Shaq returns to his hometown for the first time in six months with a lot of baggage. This beautiful and dreamlike exploration of young black manhood explores loss and depression, brotherly love and pure joy.

  • Watch any time for free on BFI Player – (Closed captions available) From Wednesday 7 October 2020 – Sunday 18 October 2020 Book here


Henet Ward
Directed by Morad Mostafa | Produced by Morad Mostafa | Written by Mohamed Ali Mansour, Morad Mostafa

As her daughter Ward plays, a Sudanese henna painter prepares an Egyptian bride for her wedding. As she paints, complicity is replaced by blame and suspicion.

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Salsa
Directed by Igor Dimitri | Produced by Igor Dimitri, Verónica Balduzzi, Joana Peralta | Written by Igor Dimitri | Featuring
Estarlyn Rafael, Jannik Mioducki, Nehuen Zapata

In a Buenos Aires’ hairdressing salon clients, dancers and reggaeton singers find their community. This subtle documentary says a lot, with very little, about the inclusive nature of music.

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Dolapo is Fine
Directed by Ethosheia Hylton | Produced by Millie Marsh, Joan Iyiola, Joseph Bell, Chibundu Onuzo | Written by Joan Iyiola, Chibundu Onuzo | Featuring Doyin Ajiboye, Joan Iyiola, Gina McKee

This rewarding and thoughtful depiction of an ever-relevant issue finds a young black girl about to leave boarding school and encouraged to conform to white beauty standards for a job in the City.

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Expensive Shit
Directed by Adura Onashile | Produced by Rosie Crerar | Written by Adura Onashile | Featuring Modupe Adeyeye, Kim Allan, Nebli Basani

Tolu has a choice: save herself or save her friend. As a nightclub toilet attendant, she is both overlooked by and integral for a group of depraved men set on a hideous act.

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Good Thanks, You?
Directed by Molly Manning Walker | Produced by Sorcha Bacon, Scarlett Barclay, Theo Barrowclough | Written by Molly Manning Walker | Featuring Jasmine Jobson, Micheal Ward, T’Nia Miller

The swirling timeline and strong central performance convey problems in suppressing a traumatic event that is often so hard to talk about.

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Mandem
Directed by John Ogunmuyiwa | Produced by Emily Everdee | Written by John Ogunmuyiwa | Featuring Bradley Banton, Stevie Basaula

It’s a sweet day for two drug dealers. Heading out to parties, selling to insanely posh folk and eating patties, these are the little things that make people more than just friends.

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Two Single Beds
Directed by William Stefan Smith | Produced by Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo, Daniel Kaluuya | Written by Daniel Kaluuya | Featuring
Daniel Kaluuya, Seraphina Beh

Two London comedians find sanctuary in each other after a show in Doncaster. Is 170 miles as far from reality as they’re willing to let themselves go?

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Dafa Metti
Directed by Tal Amiran | Produced by Tal Amiran | Written by Tal Amira

In the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, Senegalese migrants seek to create a better life for themselves and the ones they love.

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Lizard
Directed by Akinola Davies Jr | Produced by Rachel Dargavel, Wale Davies | Written by The Davies Brothers | Featuring Pamilerin Ayodeji, Osayi Uzamere, Rita Edward

Juwon, an 8-year-old girl with an ability to sense danger gets ejected from Sunday school service. She unwittingly witnesses the underbelly in and around a Mega Church in Lagos.

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EXPANDED

Step into a new dimension of storytelling with XR and Immersive art.

All Kinds of Limbo
Devised and Directed by Toby Coffey | Produced by Johanna Nicholls | Composed by Raffy Bushman & Nubiya Brandon | Lyrics by Nubiya Brandon

The National Theatre’s musical VR experience transports the viewer into a vibrant theatrical world inspired by the influence of Caribbean culture upon the UK music scene.

  • You’ll need an Oculus Rift, Rift S, or HTC Vive tethered headset to experience this work for free From Wednesday 7 October 2020 – Sunday 18 October 2020 Book here


The Martha Street Experience
Director & Cinematographer: Peter Collis | Producer: Atif Ghani | Executive Producer: Abu Hasanath

This immersive VR experience invites the viewer to literally walk in the shoes of those suffering the very real anti-social problems in London’s East End.

  • You don’t need any special tech to experience this work for free, or you can use a headset From Wednesday 7 October 2020 – Sunday 18 October 2020 Book here


Virtual (Black) Reality: Volume 2 – Babs
Produced & Directed by Baff Akoto | Executive Producer: L-A Appiah

Babs sees his barbershop in Paris as a melting pot for people from all cultural backgrounds and religions to create a shared sense of community.

Virtual (Black) Reality is a narrative VR series filmed in 180° and was conceived as part of the YouTube Creators Lab in London in 2018, where emerging European and Middle Eastern filmmakers were given the opportunity to work in this special format. Acclaimed director Baff Akoto (Leave the Edge, LFF 2020) states: “Our project is about being in intimate spaces that don’t usually get a lot of airtime and certainly not in VR or 180. We want to talk about spaces and communities that are part of my everyday but I don’t necessarily see represented.”

Comprising the Afropean experience, they follow the stories of 4 very different individuals (Bella, Babs, Kwesi, ShaNon), unified by their origins and cultural backgrounds.

  • You don’t need any special tech to experience this work for free, or you can use a headset From Wednesday 7 October 2020 – Sunday 18 October 2020 Book here

Virtual (Black) Reality: Volume 2 – Bella
Angolan-descendant Bella embraces life as a dancer and dance teacher in Berlin.

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Virtual (Black) Reality: Volume 2 – Kwesi
Kwesi, who works at the Each One Teach One library in Berlin, shares his views on early German colonial aggression on the African continent.

  • You don’t need any special tech to experience this work for free, or you can use a headset. From: Wednesday 7 October 2020 – Sunday 18 October 2020 Book here

Virtual (Black) Reality: Volume 2 – ShaNon
Immerse yourselves in the lives of 4 Africa-descended Berliners and Parisians, whose realities offer a window into very different experiences of everyday life

  • You don’t need any special tech to experience this work for free, or you can use a headset. From: Wednesday 7 October 2020 – Sunday 18 October 2020 Book here



EXPERIMENTA

Films by artists that revolutionise and reshape our vision of cinema.

King of Sanwi
Directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu | Produced by Akosua Adoma Owusu | Written by Akosua Adoma Owusu

Re-worked footage from an unfinished film by Senegalese director Mamadou Johnny Sekka forms a re-examination of The Jackson 5’s 1974 trip to Dakar.

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Leave the Edges
Directed by Baff Akoto | Produced by L-A Appiah, Baff Akoto | Written by Baff Akoto | Featuring Yane Mareine, Yinka Esi Graves, Julien Béramis

A deep and rich exploration of the complex ancestries of African diasporic cultural expression, inspired by post-colonial African spirituality and artistic practices from West Africa to the Caribbean and Europe. It mixes subtle and exquisite film with live choreography to create a visual poem of dynamic interactions between image, dance, ritual, and music.

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The End of Suffering (a proposal)
Directed by Jacqueline Lentzou | Produced by Fenia Cossovitsa | Written by Jacqueline Lentzou | Featuring Sofia Kokkali

An interplanetary symphony for Sofia.

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Glenville
Directed by Kevin Jerome Everson, Kahlil I. Pedizisai | Produced by Kevin Jerome Everson, Kahlil I. Pedizisai, Madeleine Molyneaux | Featuring Sabrina McPherson, Hakeem Sharif

Portrait based on the first cinematic representation of Afro-American intimacy in the 1898 film Something Good-Negro Kiss.

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Here is the Imagination of the Black Radical
Directed by Rhea Storr | Produced by Rhea Storr | Written by Rhea Storr

Afrofuturism and carnival as resistance at the Junkanoo festival in the Bahamas, from Aesthetica Art Prize winner Rhea Storr.

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