September 25, 2012, 8:33 am -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- Last week, the BFI Festival Director Clare Stewart announced the program for the city's highest profile film festival, the 56th BFI London Film Festival, which opens on October 10 th and runs until October 21st.
This year's event continues to bring big names from international cinema, combining prizes and showcases for recently-released films along with stand-alone premiers. This year the festival will begin with a screening of Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, a stop-motion 3D animated movie.
The Opening Gala will be live-streamed from the Odeon Leicester Square to the BFI IMAX for the first time ever; fans can expect to catch a glimpse of Burton himself, as well as stars Winona Ryder and Martin Short.
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