Virtual romance festival from HC and BFI

Virtual romance festival from HC and BFI

HarperCollins and the British Film Institute (BFI) have announced their second collaboration – a virtual romance festival called #BFILoveFest.

The festival aims to "excite conversation", "fuel debate" and explore the links between romantic fiction and film. It will include author debates, digital forums and a further programme of events on Facebook and Twitter, with authors from any publishing house eligible to participate.

#BFILoveFest is part of BFI LOVE, a UK-wide "celebration of love on the big and small screen", running at the BFI from October to December 2015. The season will celebrate and explore a range film and TV through three key themes: The Power of Love, Fools for Love and Fatal Attractions. There will be screenings of films including "Dr Zhivago", "True Romance", and "Brokeback Mountain", as well as a "diverse" programme of talks, lectures and discussions with "eminent" film and TV directors, actors and screenwriters.

Rhidian Davis, programme manager of BFI said: “The power of love is cinema's most seductive illusion, bringing love to life and transforming the way we see our love lives. Once again we are excited to work with HarperCollins to delve into the parallels between fiction and film and spark questions surrounding how some of the greatest love stories have been transferred to the big screen.”

Sam Missingham, head of audience development at HarperCollins, said: “It’s great to be back working with the BFI. There’s no one that compares to them when it comes to the curation of amazing content, so for us at HarperCollins it’s fantastic to be partnering with them for BFI LOVE, exploring the intersect between film and book culture and the enduring appeal of love stories.”

Guests can sign up for the festival here. BFI LOVE is in partnership with internet service provider Plusnet.

The BFI and HarperCollins first collaborated last year with a virtual science-fiction festival, BFIVoyager.