On Tuesday 1 October 2019 the BFI will host LUMINOUS, our biennial fundraising Gala at London’s iconic Roundhouse. Join a host of British stars and industry luminaries for a spectacular celebration of film to raise vital funds for the British Film Institute.

Your support through LUMINOUS is vital in helping the BFI light the way for the next generation of filmmakers. Film is an industry thriving as never before, yet the routes to enter it often remain unattainable for many. Creating opportunity for young people with a passion for film is the driving force behind all our education programmes. BFI education supports young talent from every background and all corners of the UK to find their path into successful and rewarding film careers.

Help us create opportunity so we can celebrate the talent of our next generation.

The IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award in association with the BFI will be awarded at the Gala: a £50,000 award to benefit an outstanding British writer, director, or writer/director whose first or second fiction feature film premieres at the BFI London Film Festival.

Be there with us...

Tables and tickets for the event are now on sale: download the application form (PDF)

For partnership opportunities, including corporate table packages, please contact anna.dudina@bfi.org.uk

Be there in spirit...

If you are unable join us on the night, you can make a much-valued donation via the form or by contacting us on the details below.

Bidding on our fantastic charity auction will be available online two weeks prior to the event. 


Tuesday 1 October 2019

Chalk Farm Road
London NW1 8EH

Dress code: Red Carpet Black Tie

If you have any questions about LUMINOUS 2019, please contact us on luminous@bfi.org.uk

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LUMINOUS Gala Committee

Chair: Jonathan Ross
Executive Chair: Caroline Clarry
Deputy Chair: Joyce Reuben

Lawrence Atkinson, Tamara Beckwith, Felicia Brocklebank, Jojo Browner, Hani Farsi, Gerald Fox, Edoardo Francia, Amy Gardner, Mehrdad Ghodoussi, Holly Gilliam, Christoph Grainger-Herr, Lynn Lewis, Isabella Macpherson, Cavan Mahony Linde, Leila Maleki, Jo Malone, Clare McKeeve, Beth Mill, Ian Mill QC, Katrina Pavlos, Natalia Ryumina, Homera Sahni, Maya Sanbar, Mika Simmons, Amanda Staveley, Susanna Warren

LUMINOUS Gala Champions

Lenny Abrahamson, Adeel Akhtar, Zawe Ashton, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Bonneville, Jessie Buckley, Emilia Clarke, Jenna Coleman, Olivia Colman, Richard Curtis, Dame Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Emma Freud, Romola Garai, Hugh Grant, Paul Greengrass, David Harewood, Tom Hollander, Francis Lee, Sam Mendes CBE, Tuppence Middleton, Dame Helen Mirren, Peter Morgan, David Morrissey, David Oyelowo OBE, Dev Patel, Sandy Powell, David Walliams OBE, Jason Watkins, Emma Watson, Rachel Weisz, Ben Wheatley, Ruth Wilson, Edgar Wright

The BFI is at the very heart of British Film. Through our priceless collection of film and television, education programmes, the BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express®, Southbank cinemas and investment in British film production, we are keeping the magic of film alive for everyone – forever.

Registered Charity No.287780

BFI LUMINOUS 2017 photos: Tom Hiddleston by Rich Hardcastle, Tilda Swinton with Hugh Laurie and Sandro Kopp by Rich Hardcastle, Amanda Nevill CBE, Christoph Grainger-Herr and Daniel Kokotajlo, winner of the IWC Filmmaker Bursary Award by Dave Benett Photos Ltd.