BFI London Film Festival 2021 planners are ‘hopeful’ to deliver festival at scale (Image: CAMERA PRESS)

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The BFI London Film Festival 2021 is 'factoring' digital and UK-wide cinema screenings amid the challenging planning at the moment.

Last year, the coronavirus pandemic saw the BFI London Film Festival change its format from purely London-set cinema screenings to a primarily digital setting, along with select films being shown theatrically in cinemas across the UK.

As the unpredictability of the pandemic in the UK continues, the format for the 2021 festival has yet to be confirmed.

However, the British Film Institute is still setting plans into motion despite the challenges being faced.

Tricia Tuttle, the BFI London Film Festival’s Director, told The Mirror: "At the moment we are still at the very early stages of planning for this year’s LFF."

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She continued: "Longer term planning is obviously challenging at the moment for everyone, however we are hopeful that we will be able to deliver the Festival at scale."

There are also some aspects of last year’s festival that the BFI are looking to potentially replicate or build on even if the situation changes.

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Tuttle added: "There were also many great elements to the 2020 edition of LFF, not least that the programme was accessible for audiences across the UK with both the digital premieres and our UK-wide cinema partnerships.

"We will definitely be factoring those learnings into our thinking for this year’s festival."

The most recent festival saw the world premiere of Pixar's celebrated animated film Soul, along with the UK premieres of Steve McQueen’s Small Axe films Mangrove and Lovers Rock and also the Kate Winslet drama Ammonite.

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Meanwhile, from Wednesday 17 to Sunday 28 March 2021, the BFI will hold its annual Flare festival, the LGBTIQ+ London Film Festvial.

The feature films will be shown digitally across the UK via BFI Player, and there will be closed captioning and audio description on English-language features and short films.

*The BFI London Film Festival 2021 is due to take place in October 2021.

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