With screenings of more than 300 features, shorts and documentaries from around 50 countries, this is a huge public film event. Based largely around the South Bank, strong curating as well as serious red-carpet glamour always make for a stimulating event.

Since the 1950s the LFF has always been aimed at the public, giving them the opportunity to view films they would not normally have access to in the UK. Still first and foremost a public festival, it is also now popular with film-industry types. The opening and closing galas are premieres and a big deal in the industry calendar – as well as star magnets.