Film Event: BFI Future Film Festival 2021

BFI Future Film Festival 2021

BFI Future Film Festival is available online, for free, from 18-21 February 

Cinemas and theatres may be closed for now but today marks an exciting day for film lovers everywhere as the BFI kicks off the BFI Future Film Festival*. Taking place online from 18th - 21st February 2021, the event will be the UK's largest film festival, aimed specifically at aspiring filmmakers aged 16-25 and cinephiles across the globe. Offering a variety of free online workshops, masterclasses, talks and screenings, the festival is available via online platforms, including the BFI YouTube channel

In the Garden, directed by India-Ines Levy

The BFI Future Film Festival offers young and upcoming filmmakers, as well as those keen to learn more about the art of filmmaking, the chance to hear from the best in the industry. Just a few of the special guests at the festival include the Art Department behind the incredible, Award-winning psychological horror Saint Maud (Rose Glass, 2019), as well as Turner-Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller (who will discuss the use of archive footage in filmmaking); Remi Weekes, director of horror His House (2020), and comedy producer and commissioner Phil Clarke (whose credits include Brass Eye, Fresh Meat and I May Destroy You). 

The Tale of Edgar Hare, directed by Hannah Miller, Abi Lindon, Hana Bhatti

The events programme will be divided into themes such as Career Ladder, Storytelling and Business of Film to enable attendees to easily navigate the Festival, along with further contributions from industry experts at Lucasfilm, E4, Somesuch and ScreenSkills, and sessions including Shooting on Film, How to Pitch Your Ideas for Television and How to be a Successful Freelancer. The Festival’s official partner Blackmagic Design will also be presenting virtual hands-on workshops in using its DaVinci Resolve editing software, alongside Blackmagic Design Lunc\htime Lives, a series of filmmaker interviews on the BFI Film Academy Instagram page. Furthermore, this year a group of BFI Film Academy Young Programmers have developed and programmed an event called Let’s Talk About Sex Baby! This event will, with the help of film historians, sex educators and industry professionals, explore the history of sex on screen from censorship to ethical porn, and compare un-inclusive and misogynistic portrayals of sex on screen with those that are empowering, cinematic and artistic.

Dungarees, directed by Abel Rubinstein

These events are sure to complement the film programme for the festival which was announced a few weeks ago, and features 45 short films by emerging filmmakers aged 16-25 - all of which will be available for free on BFI Player (UK only) for the duration of the festival. Award-nominees across ten categories will be in the running for prize money totalling more than £10,000 and mentorships from industry leaders. The winners will be revealed at the BFI Future Film Festival 2021 Awards Ceremony, supported by Netflix, which will take place virtually on 21 February so be sure to give them a watch and decide the winners for yourself. 

Dudu, directed by Simisolaoluwa Akande

This year’s Festival is completely free of charge thanks to support from Julia and Hans Rausing and is also supported by Netflix, the 2021 Festival’s Main Sponsor and year-round sponsor of BFI Festivals, as well as Blackmagic Design – one of the world's leading innovators and manufacturers of creative video technology – who are an official partner this year.

Useful links:
How to book
Access to the festival
Full programme list for the festival

If you'd be interesting in attending the BFI Future Film Festival, the full programme and the schedule for events is available to explore now on the BFI website, with events open for booking now: For more information about the festival, you can also click here.

Damn Hobo, directed by Luis Gerardo LoGar

That's it for another exciting film event - and one you can all enjoy at home. But tell me, will you be joining in this weekend? Are you keen to get back to cinemas or are you enjoying virtual screenings and events? As always, I love reading your comments so please do share your thoughts below. 

Until next time film fans, 

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Images and copy for this blog post have been provided by the BFI as a collaboration. All opinions are my own and are not reflected by the brand.


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