The London Film Festival will open on Wednesday 10 October with the European Premiere of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, the cover film of movieScope issue 30.
The opening night screening and red carpet will go live from Odeon Leicester Square to BFI Imax and 30 screens across the UK.
The Festival will also host The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition from 17-21 October.
The stop-motion 3D film which was made at Three Mills Studio, East London, is the first animated film Tim Burton has directed for Disney. Its voice cast includes Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder. Disney will release the film in the UK on 17 October.
Tim Burton, Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Producer Allison Abbate and Executive Producer Don Hahn are expected to attend the Festival.
Clare Stewart, BFI Head of Exhibition comments on her first Opening Night choice as Festival Director: “Funny, dark and whimsical, this gloriously crafted stop-motion 3D animation from Tim Burton – the reigning prince of outsiders – playfully turns the Frankenstein story on its bolted-on head.
“Frankenweenie is a perfect choice of opener – it’s a film that revels in the magic of movies from one of cinema’s great visionaries. Tim Burton has chosen London as his home city and hundreds of talented British craftspeople have contributed to this production. To host the European Premiere, to present The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition and to take our Opening Night out to 30 screens means we are making the Festival even more accessible for film fans across the UK.”
Producer Allison Abbate adds: “I am delighted that FRANKENWEENIE, which was produced here in London at Three Mills Studios, will be opening the 56th BFI London Film Festival.
“Living and working in the UK, I’ve been able to collaborate with some of the most talented artists in the industry including the puppet designers and fabricators from Manchester-based Mackinnon & Saunders. In the last nine years, I’ve attended the Festival as both a filmmaker and guest, and I know how passionate and enthusiastic the audiences are, so I am thrilled to share the film’s European Premiere with them.”
The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition runs from 17-21 October (with a press preview and preview for American Express Cardmembers on 16 October) and will be free to the public. The exhibition will take place next door to the BFI Southbank at Southbank Centre’s Festival Village.
The 56th BFI London Film Festival runs from Wednesday 10 October-Sunday 21 October. The full programme for the Festival will be announced at the press launch on Wednesday 5 September.
For information on tickets see bfi.org.uk/lff from 5 September.