London Film Festival perfect for film fans

Movie buffs planning to enjoy central London hotels should ensure they do not miss the 56th BFI London Film Festival.

Starting on October 10th, the festival brings together a number of venues across the capital and includes a total of 14 world premieres, including a new Rolling Stones documentary entitled Crossfire Hurricane by Brett Morgen as well as the Bollywood saga Chakravyuh.

There has also been a revamp of the festival to include awards in 2012 to compete with other international events.

"It helps to position the festival more internationally," explained recently appointed festival director Clare Stewart

"It puts you in the playing field with festivals like Cannes, Venice and Berlin."

A total of 12 films have been selected to compete against each other for the title of Best in Festival, while eight British directors and actors have been shortlisted for the Best Newcomer award.

Many of the screenings, talks and workshops will take place at Leicester Square cinemas and the BFI Southbank but there have been a number of new venues added to ensure no one misses out. For the first time the Hackney Picturehouse, Renoir, Everyman Screen on the Green and Rich Mix have been invited to host BFI London Film Festival events.

Lasting 12 days, there is sure to be something for all types of movies fans and the whole event begins with the European premiere of Tim Burton's 3D animation Frankenweenie and ends with a screening of Mike Newell's adaption of Great Expectations featuring Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes.

Tickets for the general public go on sale on September 24th, although BFI members are able to purchase them before this date, so people need to act quickly to make sure they do not miss out on the key events.

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