- Quinn went on to start the first London Film Festival which took place at the new National Film Theatre (now renamed BFI Southbank) from 16–26 October 1957.
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- 1957; 65 years ago
- London, England
BFI Fellowship. About London Film Festival. The London Film Festival, officially called the BFI London Film Festival is organised annually by the British Film Institute (BFI) since 1953. It is the UK’s largest public Festival of its kind and is visited by thousands of film enthusiasts who have the the ability to see over 300 films, documentaries and shorts from all over the world.
In 1935, its first year as an annually scheduled festival, it marked the ongoing rise of European fascism by instituting official prizes in place of the popularity poll and "participation diploma" of the 1932 program.
Oct 10, 2012 · However, their idea wasn’t realized till 1956, when the very first BFI London Film Festival was held. The festival was running from October 16 till 26, and its program wasn’t very rich. Only 15-20 films were screened that year, but the names of their directors were already known to the audience: Akira Kurosawa, Andrzej Wajda, Luchino Visconti, Yasujirō Ozu.
Since 1956, every year in mid October, The Times BFI London Film Festival takes place. The festival’s events are held for 16 days. More than 200 movies are shown on about 15 Venues. The amount of the events, the number of the films as well as the great number of creators turn the festival to be one of the big films festivals in Britain.