The BFI London Film Festival starts today (Picture: Getty) The BFI London Film Festival returns today, celebrating films across different cultures. The festival will see a massive 242 films shown; 28 world premieres; nine international premieres and 34 European premieres; 46 documentaries; six animations; 14 archive restorations and 16 artists’ moving image features; 128 short films; and 67 countries represented. Blade Runner 2049 was ‘more secretive’ than The Walking Dead, claims Lennie James Last year’s festival presented 397 feature and short films and welcomed 195,595 admissions. It opened with Amma Asante’s: A United Kingdom, and closed with Ben Wheatley’s: Free Fire. BFI London Film Festival dates The 61st London Film Festival is confirmed to take place from 4-15 October. BFI London Film Festival venues The BFI festival will take place in 15 venues across London in West End cinemas and we will see the return of the Embankment Garden Cinema after last year’s success. BFI London venues West End venues Curzon Soho Embankment Garden Cinema Empire Haymarket Odeon Leicester Square Picturehouse Central Prince Charles Cinema Vue Leicester Square Non-West End Venues BFI IMAX BFI Southbank Ciné Lumière Curzon Chelsea Curzon Mayfair Hackney Picturehouse ICA Rich Mix How to get tickets BFI London Film Festival Tickets can be purchased on the BFI tickets site here. The webpage summarises festival screenings that are not yet fully booked, including new ticket releases for screenings that were previously sold out. The information on this page is updated every 20 minutes. Check individual film pages to confirm availability.