Your guide to getting the most out of film festival season 2019 - Leicester Square
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Your guide to getting the most out of film festival season 2019

Pop out the popcorn and get ready to for the month-long film festival season, coming to Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus!

18/09/2019 - 13/10/2019

at Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. Price - ££.

Film festival season returns to London’s West End!


Get ready for the ultimate film festival takeover.

It all starts with the home of independent film, the 27th Raindance Film Festival, running from 18th – 29th September 2019. Followed by the 63rd BFI London Film Festival, running from 2nd – 13th October 2019, who are back to shine the spotlight on Leicester Square, London’s home of film.

Showing the best of international independent film and the year’s most anticipated movies, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. So, don’t miss a heap of red-carpet film premieres, workshops and special film-themed activities and discounts from celebrating businesses.

It’s the season we’ve all been waiting for and we can’t contain our excitement.

We’ve highlighted all the must-see activities on our what’s on page to make searching for what’s on easy peasy for you. Whatever you do, prepare to be blown away by the show-stopping programme of events from both film festivals.

What’s more, with so much going on, we think you might need a quick guide to ensure you make the most of what’s going on. So without further ado, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you get the most out of film festival season 2019!

Raindance Film Festival 2019 in partnership with Bose


Celebrating all things INDIE in its 27th annual festival of independent film, Raindance Film Festival returns to London from 18th – 29th September 2019.

Offering red-carpet gala premieres from the world’s best indie filmmakers to workshops, panel discussions and glitzy awards ceremonies, there’s something for everyone discover!

Whether it’s honest narratives from trans people or exposing environmental crimes, explore the programme of feature films, short films, documentaries, industry events and immersive Virtual Reality experiences.

Raindance is a champion of the underdog, bringing you the most compelling stories and amplifying the voice of indie filmmakers. So, experience the best of world-wide independent films and get your tickets to support indie film!

Discover more here.

BFI London Film Festival 2019 in partnership with American Express


The 63rd BFI London Film Festival is your chance to discover the Oscar winners of the future, the most thrilling new talent from across the globe and the beautifully restored treasures from the archives!

Running from 2nd – 13th October 2019, there’ll be over 345 of the world’s best new films to discover.

From the star-studded gala film premieres of the most anticipated movies of the year, competitions and insightful Q&A sessions from the filmmakers, there’s nowhere better to experience the London Film Festival than Leicester Square, London’s home of film!

So, get ready to be get your emotions stirring with the fantastic programme of screenings and events.

Discover more here.

Prioritise screenings at one of our 7 cinemas


You want to be the first to see the jaw-dropping films, right?

The great news is you can book your tickets in advance for both film festivals. We recommend reserving your tickets quickly. Many of the most anticipated movies will be shown first in a West End venue, and then been shown later in other venues.

So, why wait for the film to be shown at a non-West End venue?

Films don’t get fresher than at a film festival premiere. Plus, for many screenings it’ll be the first time the film has been shown in the UK, and sometimes the only.

As Leicester Square is London’s home of film, there’s nowhere better to go barmy for the next big blockbuster.

Whatever you decide to watch, prioritise screenings at one of the seven central cinemas including Vue West End, ODEON Luxe Leicester Square, Empire Cinemas Haymarket and Vue Piccadilly!

Check out our what’s on page for the full list of screenings and film-focused activities taking place in and around Leicester Square.

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Want more from your film festival experience?


Not only can you feast you eyes on an outstanding selection of films, you can take part in insightful audience Q&As, panel discussions and taster-sessions too.

Hear from some of the world’s top creative talent. Ask them what you really want to know.

From learning about music in film, filming in different countries, bringing your films to market, Video-On-Demand services and Virtual Reality sessions, the highlight events from Raindance Film Festival can be found here.

Plus, more screen talks, free events, DJ nights and debates with industry thought leaders from the BFI London Film Festival’s programme of events can be found here.

Get ready to learn from the masters with every experience lasting longer than any film can!

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Drinks among the stars at ODEON Luxe Leicester Square


Known as London’s home of premieres and the centre point of this year’s BFI London Film Festival, there’s nowhere better to enjoy a tasty cocktail or two than at ODEON Luxe Leicester Square.

Offering an eclectic mix of film themed cocktails and mocktails, discover the ODEON’s Oscar’s Bar overlooking the leafy Leicester Square Gardens. There’s no need to reserve your table, simply pop in and head to the first floor.

From £11 each or two for £20, you can sip on movie-mad concoctions including a Popcorn Espresso Martini, Oscar’s Pop n Coke or a Lily’s Pink Gin Spritz.

Whatever you decide, the ODEON Luxe Leicester Square is the perfect place to catch-up with friends before your film festival fun.

Find out more.

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Experience unlimited cinema all year at Cineworld


Celebrate film festival season with Cineworld in Leicester Square and make the most of this exclusive offer for all LSQ discoverers on Cineworld’s Unlimited card.

Simply sign-up to Cineworld’s Unlimited card to get 12 months of unlimited 2D films.

PLUS, get a whole month of FREE films at the end of your contract with our unique code: LSQFILMFESTIVALS. Available now until 13th October 2019.

From only £20.90 a month, being an Unlimited card holder means you can watch what you want, when you want, as many times as you want. You’ll save money when watching films in 3D, Superscreen, IMAX, VIP, D-Box, 4DX, ScreenX and Event Cinema. Plus, you get 10% off snacks and drinks and all the latest news off special preview screenings of upcoming films.

So, what are you waiting for?

Find out more and get the latest on top new film releases.

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The ULTIMATE film feast at Planet Hollywood


Get ready for a movie-mad experience at Planet Hollywood, exclusively for film festival season!

Discover the new addition to Planet Hollywood’s range of movie themed cocktails including Legally Blonde, Hellboy, Gorillas In The Mist, Iron Man and Titanic.

Plus, get your taste buds dancing will delight with the Terminator, the exclusive Raindance Film Festival Cocktail. Filled with Pink Gin and Martini Fiero with grapefruit juice topped off with tonic, it’s a must for any film buff!

What’s more, enjoy a delicious 20% off food when you show your film festival ticket in the restaurant, or use code: FILM20 to redeem the offer.

Available for up to 8 persons dining from the a la carte menu, until 30th December 2019, except on Saturdays between 5pm – 9pm. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. Excludes Kids’ Meal Deal.

Find out more.

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Exclusive film festival freebie’s at MOD Pizza


Get ready to get MOD-ified at MOD Pizza in Leicester Square with this exclusive offer for film festival go-ers!

Serving up a tasty treat you can claim a free drink with any pizza purchased. Available to anyone with a ticket or festival pass to either Raindance Film Festival or BFI London Film Festival cinema screenings.

Drinks include a free soda, milkshake, medium glass of wine or a pint of beer!

So go on, what are you waiting for?

Discover the best West End pizza joint. Discover MOD Pizza.

Find out more.

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Cocktails and mocktails at London Rialto G Casino


When was the last time you discovered the grand interiors of London Rialto G Casino?

Now you have the perfect excuse!

Offering two for one on cocktails and mocktails to anyone with a cinema ticket or film festival pass to either Raindance Film Festival or BFI London Film Festival, it’s the perfect place to refuel before (or after) your cinematic adventure.

Filled with classic casino games and a stylish bar area from which you can enjoy the full French Renaissance style décor and the view up to the beautiful domed ceiling. Plus, check out the brand-new cocktail menu!

Only available to 18years+, this casino is a must-visit for a mature film festival experience.

Find out more.

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Stay local for less with 5% off bookings at Victory House Hotel


We’ve summed it up already, but this is super special saving allowing you access to the best seat in the house!

Offering 5% off your hotel stay when you book direct, you can stay local for less at Victory House Hotel throughout film festival season.

Overlooking Leicester Square and the star-studded gala film premieres, you’ll have the best view of all the red-carpet action.

So, what are you waiting for?

Reserve your room online and use code: VICTORY5 to redeem the offer! Terms and conditions apply.

Find out more.

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