The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival 2009: Date Announcement

Date Announcement - The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival 2009Festival Artistic Director Sandra Hebron announced today that The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival will take place from Wednesday 14 October through Thursday 29 October 2009.

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.

Last year's Festival hosted 191 feature films and 109 short films from 43 countries including a record 15 world premieres. There were 398 screenings and 537 visiting international filmmakers, a record 1096 industry professionals, and the highest ever audience attendance. The Festival opened with the World Premiere of Ron Howard's Frost/Nixon and closed with the European Premiere of Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire.

The full programme for 2009 will be announced on Wednesday 9 September.

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