[15 MAR 2018]: We’re updating our list of London’s film festivals. There’s world cinema, feature length documentary and short form cinema as well as many diverse stories of people and places.

We’ve archived last year’s list here: 2017 ARCHIVE EDITION.


Architecture Film FestivalMoving image & the built environment.TBC (06 to 11 JUN 17)www.archfilmfest.uk@ArchFilmFestUK@archfilmfestuk
BFI FLARELGBT cinema.21 MAR to 01 APR 18www.bfi.org.uk/flare@BFI@britishfilminstitute
BFI London Film FestivalNew film.10 to 21 OCT 18www.bfi.org.uk@BFI@britishfilminstitute
British Urban Film FestivalUrban independent cinema.04 to 09 JUN 18www.britishurbanfilmfestival.co.uk@buffenterprises@buffenterprises
Chinese Visual FestivalContemporary Chinese language film & art.TBC (02 to 11 MAY 17)www.chinesevisualfestival.org@CVF_london@cvf_london
Chronic Youth Film FestivalFilms about boyhood, girlhood & self-hood.17 to 18 MAR 18www.barbican.org.uk @BarbicanYP
Cinema Made In ItalyItalian film & film made in Italy.07 to 11 MAR 18www.institut-francais.org.uk/cine-lumiere/@iiclondra
Crystal Palace International Film FestivalWorld independent film.TBC (27 OCT to 18 NOV 17)www.cpiff.co.uk@CrystalPalaceFF
Czech Film WeekCzech and Slovak film.19 to 24 Feb 2018http://www.czechcentres.cz/@CzechCentreLnd
Doc 'N Roll FestivalMusic documentary film.TBC (02 to 19 NOV 17)www.docnrollfestival.com@docnrollfest@docnrollfilms
DYSPLA International Moving Image FestivalVisual innovation of dyslexic & neurodiverse story makers14 to 18 MAR 2018 www.dyspla.com @DYSPLA_Festivaldyspla_festival
East End Film FestivalBritish & international cinema.11 to 29 APRIL 18www.eastendfilmfestival.com@EastEndFilmFest@eastendfilmfest
Edge Of Frame WeekenderExperimental Animation02 to 04 MAR 18www.edgeofframe.co.uk@EdgeofFrame
Essay Film FestivalEssay film as criticism.21 MAR to 29 MAR 18www.essayfilmfestival.com
Fashion In FilmExploring fashion & film.TBC (11 to 26 MAR 17)www.fashioninfilm.com@FashionFilmFest@fashioninfilmfestival
Film AfricaAfrican cinema from the continent & diaspora.TBC (27 OCT to 05 NOV 17)www.filmafrica.org.uk@ FilmAfrica@filmafrica
Frames of RepresentationNew perspectives in documentary cinema.20 to 28 APR 18www.framesofrepresentation.com@framesofrep
Free Film FestivalsNeighbourhood festivals.VARIOUSwww.freefilmfestivals.org@freefilmfests
French Film Festival UKFrancophone cinema.01 to 29 NOV 18 (provisional)www.frenchfilmfestival.org.uk@lefrenchfilmfes
FrightfestHorror cinema.TBC (24 to 28 AUG 17)www.frightfest.co.uk@frightfest@horrorchannelfrightfest
Fringe! Queer Film & Arts FestLGBTIQA+ stories.TBC (14 to 19 NOV 17)www.fringefilmfest.com@ fringefilmfest@ fringefilmfest
GFESTLGBTQI film, performance, art & debate.(TBC) 13 to 25 NOV 17www.gaywisefestival.org.uk@GFEST@GFEST
Human Rights Watch Film FestivalHuman rights abuses.07 to 16 MAR 18www.ff.hrw.org/london@hrwfilmfestival@hrwfilmfestival
I Will Tell International Film FestivalFilms about the 'other'.30 AUG to 09 SEP 18www.iwilltell.com@iwilltell
Irish Film LondonIrish film & animation.TBC (29 NOV to 03 DEC 17)www.irishfilmfestivallondon.com@irishfilmlondon@irishfilmlondon
KinotekaPolish cinema.07 MAR to 29 MAR 18www.kinoteka.org.uk@PLInst_London
LOCO Film FestivalInternational comedy film.Returns 2019www.locofilmfestival.com@locofilmfest@locofilmfestival
London Drone Film FestivalCreative skills of drone pilots.TBC (25 SEP 17)www.londondronefilmfestival.com@LDRONEFILMFEST
London East Asia Film FestivalCollaboration & diversity in East Asian filmmaking.TBC (19 to 29 OCT 17)www.leaff.org.uk@LEAFilmFest@leafilmfest
London Experimental Film FestivalExperimental film.TBC (03 DEC 17)www.londonexperimental.org@londexpfilmfes
London Feminist Film FestivalFeminist films from women directors.16 to 19 AUG 18www.londonfeministfilmfestival.com@ldnfemfilmfest
London Greek Film FestivalModern Greek film.07 to 12 MAY 18www.londongreekfilmfestival.com@londongff
London Indian Film FestivalIndian independent film.21 to 28 JUN 18www.londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk@LoveLIFF@loveliff
London International Animation FestivalThe spectrum of creative animation.TBC (01 to 10 DEC 17)www.liaf.org.uk@londonanimation
London Korean Film FestivalKorean cinema.TBC (26 OCT to 19 NOV 17)www.koreanfilm.co.uk@ koreanfilmfest@ london_korean_film_festival
London Kurdish Film FestivalFilm from Kurdistan & beyond.13 to 22 APR 2018www.lkff.co.uk@lkff
London Porn Film FestivalQueer & feminist porn.11 to 15 APR 18www.londonpff.com@ LdnPFF
London Short Film FestivalIndependent short film.11 to 20 JAN 19www.shortfilms.org.uk@LSFF@ londonshortfilmfest
London Spanish Film FestivalContemporary Spanish cinema.TBC (21 to 24 SEPT 17)www.londonspanishfilmfestival.com@LSFFest@londonspanishfilmfestival
London Surf Film FestivalSurf film, art & culture.TBC (19 to 21 OCT 17)www.londonsurffilmfestival.com@LonSurfFilmFest@londonsurffilmfest
Made In PragueFilms, visual arts, literature, theatre & music.TBC (08 NOV to 06 DEC 17)www.london.czechcentres.cz@ CzechCentreLnd@ czechcentrelondon
Native Spirit Film FestivalIndigenous film, native mediamakers.12 to 21 OCT 18www.nativespiritfoundation.org@NativeSpiritUK
Ocean Film FestivalFilms from above & below the surface.TBC (16 to 21 OCT 17)www.oceanfilmfestival.co.uk@ OceanFilmFestUK@ oceanfilmfestuk
Open City Documentary FestivalCreative documentary & non-fiction film.04 to 09 SEP 18www.opencitylondon.com@OpenCityDocs@opencitydocs
Origins Festival of First NationsWorld indigenous cultures.TBC (10 to 25 JUN 17)www.originsfestival.bordercrossings.org.uk@BorderCrossings@border_crossings
Oz Film FestivalNew & classic Australian film.25 to 28 MAY 18www.ozfilmfest.com@OZfilmfest@ozfilmfestival
Playback FestivalEmerging artists' film.21 to 25 MAR 18www.ica.art
Raindance Film FestivalIndependent film.19 to 30 SEP 18www.raindance.org@raindance@raindance_film_festival
Right Now Film FestivalFilm about power inequalities.21 to 27 MAR 18www.rightnowfilmfestival.org@RightNowFF
Romanian Film FestivalRomanian film.18 to 22 APR 2018www.rofilmfest.com@RomanianfilmLDN
Russian Film WeekRussian themed films.19 to 26 NOV '17www.russianfilmweek.org@rfw_uk@russian_film_week
ScalaramaNational celebration of cinema.01 to 30 SEP 18www.scalarama.com@scalarama@scalarama
Sci-Fi London Film FestivalScience fiction & fantastic film.TBC (27 APR to 06 MAY 17)www.sci-fi-london.com@scifilondon
SERET London Israeli Film FestivalIsraeli film & television.10 to 17 MAY 18www.seret-international.org@SERET_Films
Shubbak FestivalContemporary Arab culture.Returns 2019www.shubbak.co.uk@shubbakfestival@shubbakfestival
Sound Screen Music & Film FestivalLive gigs & music docs.21 to 28 MAR 18www.soundscreenfestival.com@SoundScreenFest
St Patrick's Day Film FestivalIrish film & animation.16 to 18 MAR 18www.irishfilmfestivallondon.com@irishfilmlondon@irishfilmlondon
Sundance Film Festival: LondonIndependent film.31 MAY to 03 JUN 18www.picturehouses.com@sundancefestuk
UK Asian Film FestivalSouth Asian art & film.15 to 25 MAR 18www.tonguesonfire.com@cometoLAFF@londonasianfilmfestival
UK International Jewish Film FestivalJewish & Israeli film.TBC (09 to 26 NOV 17)www.ukjewishfilm.org@UKJewishFilm
UK Iranian Film FestivalIranian film.TBC (27 OCT to 01 NOV 17)www.ukiff.org.uk@ifru_london@ifru_london
Underwire Film FestivalFemale talent across the film crafts.16 to 25 NOV 18www.underwirefestival.com@underwirefest@underwirefest
Utopia Film FestivalPortuguese film.TBC (13 NOV to 01 DEC 17)www.utopiafestival.org.uk@Portuguesefilm
Walthamstow International Film FestivalShort film.JUL 2018 (provisional)www.walthamstowinternationalfilmfestival.com@e17filmfest
Women In Activism Film FestivalCelebrating black women in activism.03 to 24 MAR 18http://www.blackhistorystudies.com/@BlkHistStudies@blackhistorystudies
Women of the LensBlack women & women of colour in the UK creative industries.TBC (24 to 26 NOV 17)www.womenofthelens.com@WomenOfTheLens

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*THE SMALL PRINT: As accurate as we could make it. Apologies for any mistakes. Updates & corrections will be made to the online version.