This is our archive listing of film festivals in London in 2018*. 2017’s list is HERE. You can find the 2019 listings HERE.


Architecture Film FestivalMoving image & the built environment.TBC (06 to 11 JUN 17)
BFI FLARELGBT cinema.21 MAR to 01 APR
BFI London Film FestivalNew film.10 to 21 OCT
British Urban Film FestivalUrban independent cinema.04 to 10 JUN
Canada NowNew Canadian film.03 to 06 MAY
Cheapcuts Documentary Film FestivalDocumentary short film.17 to 20 MAY
Chinese Visual FestivalContemporary Chinese language film & art.03 to 06 MAY
Chronic Youth Film FestivalFilms about boyhood, girlhood & self-hood.17 to 18 MAR @BarbicanYP
Cinema Made In ItalyItalian film & film made in Italy.07 to 11 MAR
Crystal Palace International Film FestivalWorld independent film.TBC (27 OCT to 18 NOV 17)
Czech Film WeekCzech and Slovak film.19 to 24 Feb 2018
Discover Film AwardsShort film.13 to 15 APR 18 @discover_film
Doc 'N Roll FestivalMusic documentary film.TBC (02 to 19 NOV 17)
DukeFestFestival of film mayhem.08 to 11 JULY
DYSPLA International Moving Image FestivalVisual innovation of dyslexic & neurodiverse story makers14 to 18 MAR 2018 @DYSPLA_Festivaldyspla_festival
East End Film FestivalBritish & international cinema.11 to 29 APRIL
Edge Of Frame WeekenderExperimental Animation02 to 04 MAR
Edit Film FestivalArt & skill of the editor.25 to 26 APR
Essay Film FestivalEssay film as criticism.21 MAR to 29 MAR
Everyman Music Film FestivalMusic film.07 to 31 MAY
Fashion In FilmExploring fashion & film.TBC (11 to 26 MAR 17)
Festival Of Commonwealth FilmCinema from across the Commonwealth.14 to 15 APR
Film AfricaAfrican cinema from the continent & diaspora.02 to 11 NOV FilmAfrica@filmafrica
Frames of RepresentationNew perspectives in documentary cinema.20 to 28 APR
Free Film FestivalsNeighbourhood
French Film Festival UKFrancophone cinema.01 to 29 NOV 18 (provisional)
FrightfestHorror cinema.23 to 27 AUG
Fringe! Queer Film & Arts FestLGBTIQA+ stories.13 to 18 NOV fringefilmfest@ fringefilmfest
GFESTLGBTQI film, performance, art & debate.12 to 24 NOV
Human Rights Watch Film FestivalHuman rights abuses.07 to 16 MAR
I Will Tell International Film FestivalFilms about the 'other'.30 AUG to 09 SEP
Irish Film LondonIrish film & animation.21 to 25 NOV
KinotekaPolish cinema.07 MAR to 29 MAR
LOCO Film FestivalInternational comedy film.Returns
London Bengali Film FestivalFilms from or about the Bengali diaspora.12 to 15 APR
London Drone Film FestivalCreative skills of drone pilots.TBC (25 SEP 17)
London East Asia Film FestivalCollaboration & diversity in East Asian filmmaking.TBC (19 to 29 OCT 17)
London Experimental Film FestivalExperimental film.TBC (03 DEC 17)
London Feminist Film FestivalFeminist films from women directors.16 to 19 AUG
London Greek Film FestivalModern Greek film.07 to 12 MAY
London Independent Film FestivalFirst & second-time film-makers, micro-budget & no-budget films.13 to 22 APR
London Indian Film FestivalIndian independent film.21 to 29 JUN
London International Animation FestivalThe spectrum of creative animation.TBC (01 to 10 DEC 17)
London Korean Film FestivalKorean cinema.TBC (26 OCT to 19 NOV 17) koreanfilmfest@ london_korean_film_festival
London Kurdish Film FestivalFilm from Kurdistan & beyond.13 to 22 APR
London Porn Film FestivalQueer & feminist porn.12 to 15 APR LdnPFF
London Short Film FestivalIndependent short film.11 to 20 JAN londonshortfilmfest
London Spanish Film FestivalContemporary Spanish cinema.26 to 30 SEP
London Surf Film FestivalSurf film, art & culture.TBC (19 to 21 OCT 17)
Made In PragueFilms, visual arts, literature, theatre & music.TBC (08 NOV to 06 DEC 17) CzechCentreLnd@ czechcentrelondon
Native Spirit Film FestivalIndigenous film, native mediamakers.12 to 21 OCT
Ocean Film FestivalFilms from above & below the surface.16 to 20 OCT OceanFilmFestUK@ oceanfilmfestuk
Open City Documentary FestivalCreative documentary & non-fiction film.04 to 09 SEP
Origins Festival of First NationsWorld indigenous cultures.TBC (10 to 25 JUN 17)
Oz Film FestivalNew & classic Australian film.06 to 08 JUL
Playback FestivalEmerging artists' film.21 to 25 MAR
Raindance Film FestivalIndependent film.26 SEP to 07 OCT
Refugee WeekCelebrating creativity of refugees18 to 24 JUN
Right Now Film FestivalFilm about power inequalities.21 to 27 MAR
Romanian Film FestivalRomanian film.18 to 22 APR
Russian Film WeekRussian themed films.TBC (19 to 26 NOV 17)
ScalaramaNational celebration of cinema.01 to 30 SEP
Sci-Fi London Film FestivalScience fiction & fantastic film.01 to 07 MAY
SERET London Israeli Film FestivalIsraeli film & television.06 to 17 MAY
Shubbak FestivalContemporary Arab culture.Returns
Sound Screen Music & Film FestivalLive gigs & music docs.21 to 28 MAR
St Patrick's Day Film FestivalIrish film & animation.16 to 18 MAR
Sundance Film Festival: LondonIndependent film.31 MAY to 03 JUN
UK Asian Film FestivalSouth Asian art & film.15 to 25 MAR
UK International Jewish Film FestivalJewish & Israeli film.TBC (09 to 26 NOV 17)
UK Iranian Film FestivalIranian film.TBC (27 OCT to 01 NOV 17)
Underwire Film FestivalFemale talent across the film crafts.16 to 25 NOV
Unrestricted View Film FestivalIndependent film.23 to 29 APR
Unrestricted View Horror Film FestivalHorror film.29 OCT to 04 NOV
Unrestricted View Rainbow Umbrella Film FestivalLGBT film.12 to 14 JAN
Utopia Film FestivalPortuguese film.TBC (13 NOV to 01 DEC 17)
Walthamstow International Film FestivalShort film.23 to 24 JUN
Women In Activism Film FestivalCelebrating black women in activism.03 to 24 MAR 18
Women of the LensBlack women & women of colour in the UK creative industries.TBC (24 to 26 NOV 17)

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