BFI London Film Festival 2016

Supporting international stars and new talents alike, the British Film Institute's 60th London Film Festival will open this October

This October, the British Film Institute (BFI) will host the 60th edition of its annual London Film Festival.

Centred around the BFI's South Bank home but spreading to cinemas throughout the city, the festival features both established stars and new talents.

A series of headline gala screenings sees directors and stars attend and discuss their films, while four competitions – for first film, documentary, short film and best feature – will see international works compete for awards.

The official competition includes Paul Verhoeven's Isabelle Huppert-starring Elle, which won critical acclaim at Cannes; Terence Davies's A Quiet Passion, a remarkably swift release by a director known for his slow diligence; and Your Name by Makoto Shinkai, an anime that takes the genre swap narrative to a bold new place.

Out of competition, a series of themed programmes will present independent cinematic voices, and a set of screen talks sees directors Werner Herzog, Park Chan-Wook and Paul Verhoeven talk to audiences.