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Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival: Dates announced

Lions For Lambs

Preview by Jack Foley

THE Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival will take place from Wednesday, October 15 until Thursday, October 30, 2008, it has been confirmed.

This highly regarded and anticipated event in Europe’s cultural calendar attracts leading international filmmakers, industry professionals and the media together with large public audiences to London for a two week showcase of the best in contemporary world cinema.

Alongside a public screening programme which presents 180 feature films and 130 short films each year, the festival hosts panel discussions, masterclasses, screen talks and live events, as well as a comprehensive education programme and a slate of industry events and screenings.

Artistic Director Sandra Hebron commented: “We are very much looking forward to presenting the 52nd edition of the festival and have already begun selecting films which will help us in our aim of bringing to London some of the year’s finest international cinema.

“Whilst the festival will always be committed to presenting exciting new films which otherwise would not be seen in the UK, our October dates also make us ideally positioned to premiere high-profile quality titles due for winter and spring release, as well as to showcase some of the most hotly anticipated awards contenders.

In a busy autumn calendar, we are looking forward to building on our success to make The 2008 Times BFI London Film Festival an unmissable event.”

The Times BFI London Film Festival programme for 2008 will be announced in September.

Last year’s cinematic showcase included the world premiere of Lions For Lambs (pictured) and premieres of Oscar contenders Eastern Promises, Into The Wild, Juno and The Savages.

Halle Berry also attended with her forthcoming film Things We Lost In The Fire, while Wes Anderson’s critically acclaimed The Darjeeling Limited brought the festival to a popular close.