Today we unveil highlights of the events programme for the BFI Future Film Festival 2023 , the UK ’s largest festival for young, emerging filmmakers, which returns from 16 to 19 February. The festival is presented live and in-person at BFI Southbank, while simultaneously offering a wide-ranging online festival accessible to worldwide audiences, and is kindly supported by principal partner Warner Bros Discovery and main sponsor Netflix.

Special guests offering their insight and advice to up-and-coming filmmakers attending the festival at BFI Southbank this year include actor Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), writer Alice Oseman (Heartstopper), producer Rosie Alison (Paddington), cinematographer Fabian Wagner (House of the Dragon, Game of Thrones), Academy Award-winning editor Martin Walsh (Chicago, Wonder Woman), filmmakers Camila Hall and Jennifer Tiexeria (Subject), Margaret Ratliff (The Staircase) and the creative team of BBC Earth’s Antarctica.

Highlights of the online programme, accessible worldwide, include interviews with filmmaker Rian Johnson (Glass Onion, Knives Out, Star Wars: The Last Jedi), producer Jane Tranter (His Dark Materials, Industry, Succession) and Jason Kingsley, CEO of Rebellion.

This year’s BFI Future Film Festival will include four jam-packed days filled with masterclasses, workshops, screenings, and networking opportunities, with events programmed across three strands: Storytelling, Business of Film and Career Ladder. With a host of industry experts and screen creatives leading the sessions, both online and in-person, the BFI Future Film Festival is the best way for filmmakers aged 16 to 25, across the UK and beyond, to break into the screen industries.

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