In the spotlight: Upcoming film festivals

Take your cue from the BFI London Film Festival and explore some of the most high-profile industry events around the world. Plus, upcoming movies to look out for.

By Sam Lewis
Published 17 Sept 2016, 09:00 BST, Updated 7 Jul 2021, 15:58 BST

BFI London Film Festival
5-16 October 2016

London's biggest annual film event kicks off with a screening of Amma Asante's A United Kingdom, with a live cinecast of the screening taking place at cinemas across the country. While most of the red carpet action at the London Film Festival is located around Leicester Square, there will also be a full programme of screenings, workshops, filmmaker Q&A sessions and masterclasses held around the city.

Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah
19-29 January 2017

Snow and showbiz go hand-in-hand at this festival. Founded by actor and director Robert Redford, it specialises in documentaries, with around 100 films shown at diverse small-town venues ranging from old cinemas to gyms and schools.

Berlin International Film Festival
9-19 February 2017
The largest publicly-attended film festival in the world has become famous for its high-profile masterclasses, with Meryl Streep among those sharing tips at this year's festival. Most screenings, lectures and masterclasses are held in English and open to all.

Oscar contenders...

With Hollywood heavyweights in attendance, September's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is the place to enjoy the high-profile movies likely to win awards. This year's festival screened several Oscar contenders:

The Magnificent Seven: Antoine Fuqua's remake of the classic 1960s western, starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke.

Snowden: Oliver Stone's story of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

The Birth of a Nation: The story of Nat Turner's 1831 slave uprising, written, produced and directed by Nate Parker. Winner of the US Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic) at Sundance in January.

Published in the October 2016 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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