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The BFI London Film Festival 2012

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For movie lovers everywhere
The BFI London Film Festival returns in October, offering another hearty helping of outstanding movie entertainment, and a lot more besides.

Its 12-day run features a colossal 225 fiction and documentary films, including 62 premieres from some of the world's most renowned directors.

And as if all that isn't enough, you can also choose from 111 live action and animated shorts.

The popular festival will also give audiences a chance to enjoy interviews with directors, cast and crew, as they discuss their work and talk about the highlights, and quite possibly the lowlights, of their careers. A number of masterclasses are also being held.

For the first time this year, the festival is introducing a number of formal competitions, including the Best Film Award, the Sutherland Award for Best First Feature, and the Grierson Award for the Best Documentary.

Opening the festival this year – in its European premiere – is Tim Burton's 3D animation Frankenweenie, while the closing feature will be Mike Newell's acclaimed adaptation of Great Expectations, featuring stars such as Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes.

Sandwiched in between are enough movies to last a lifetime, so peruse the list, make your selections, and book some tickets as soon as you can.

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Venues taking part in this year's festival are spread around London and include BFI Southbank, Ciné Lumière in South Kensington, Curzon Mayfair, the Renoir in Russell Square, Hackney Picturehouse, the ICA on The Mall, Rich Mix in Bethnal Green, the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton, and the Everyman Screen on the Green in Islington.

Tickets for screenings start at £8 (cheaper for children and concessions) depending on the time and location of the film. Hop over to here for more details.

The main thing with a popular festival like this is to get your tickets early. Enjoy.

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Why? It's a chance to catch something you might not usually see.
When: 10th October to 21st October, 2012
Phone: 020 7255 1444
Where: Various cinemas across London
Cost: Depends on the event/movie.
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