The 2012 London film festival will squeeze an expanded programme into a shorter time, organisers have announced. This year's event will run for just 12 days, rather than the usual 16, but a number of new venues will be utilised by organiser BFI.
The move, which sees the festival developing a presence in areas such as Shoreditch and Islington for the first time, is being advanced to help increase capacity for primetime screenings, as well as providing space for several recently announced additional programme categories and competitive sections.
"The BFI London film festival is one of the jewels in the capital's cultural crown and we want to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to experience it," said director Clare Stewart. "Whether it's a film aficionado diving straight into our festival programme or a moviegoer coming to the festival for the first time – more screenings, more venues and more London boroughs makes it a film festival for everyone."
In addition to BFI Southbank and the four Leicester Square venues where it has traditionally been based, the festival is adding the Hackney Picturehouse, the Renoir in Bloomsbury, Screen on the Green in Islington, and the Rich Mix in Shoreditch. Cinemas that previously screened films for just three days of the festival in previous years, such as the ICA, the Curzon Mayfair, the Ritzy in Brixton, and Cine Lumiere in Kensington, will now be part of the festival for the full 12 days.
This year's festival will run from 10-21 October.
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