The Barbican hosts a wide variety of film festivals and seasons, with a host of screenings, special ScreenTalks and festival events every year - check out what we have coming up.

Afternoon Arts
14 September 2017 - 30 November 2017
Enjoy regular matinee screenings of high-quality, specially curated event cinema, with exclusive content of works from around the globe including live performances and filmed gallery exhibitions


Met Opera Live in HD 2017-18
7 October 2017 - 28 April 2018
The Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live transmissions returns


Dance Umbrella: Film Series
14 - 25 October 2017
Three stunning films about choreography, in partnership with Dance Umbrella


Film in Focus 2017
1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017
Film in Focus is a year celebrating the power of the moving image and its influence across the arts


Sci-fi Sundays
18 June 2017 - 20 August 2017
Delve into dystopia with this season of sci-fi classics including the hugely influential Ikarie XB-1, Soylent Green and George Lucas’ directorial debut THX 1138.


Cinema Matters: Bigger Than Life
3 - 18 July 2017
How the close-up makes a movie star


Shubbak 2017 - A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture
4 - 9 July 2017
The UK’s largest festival of contemporary Arab culture


Three Looks with Trajal Harrell
25 July 2017 - 8 August 2017
Complementing Trajal Harrell’s performance exhibition in our Art Gallery, we present three films by or featuring other artists and performers whose work has informed his own


Outdoor Cinema
25 - 27 August 2017
This summer, we’re showing films where no cinema has gone before...


The Grime and the Glamour: NYC 1976-90
29 September 2017 - 5 October 2017
Get a taste of the scuzzy and blisteringly creative streets of late 1970s and 80s New York City, with films by Susan Seidelman, Chantal Akerman, Jim Jarmusch and Bette Gordon


Nevertheless, She Persisted: A Century of Suffrage
18 - 24 April 2018
A season exploring the political fight for women’s voices to be heard within the institutions of power


Returning the Colonial Gaze
2 - 29 May 2018
Explore the reversal of the imperial gaze with films from Francophone Africa and France


Generations: Russian Cinema of Change
26 - 30 September 2017
A season of cult and landmark films that charts an extraordinary political century for Russia


Science on Screen
 
A series of cinematic explorations of the space where science and culture overlap


Oscar® Scores
 
Hear from Academy Award-winning and nominated composers as they discuss their work in film


New East Cinema
 
Contemporary cinema from Eastern Europe and beyond


Architecture on Film
 
A season of one-off events where architecture meets cinema, curated by The Architecture Foundation


Silent Film & Live Music Series
 
Barbican is the home of silent cinema in London


Live and encore cinema screenings
 
See the best theatre, opera, ballet and music from the comfort of our cinema screens


National Theatre Live and Encore
 
National Theatre Live presents live and encore screenings of some of their most astonishing recent productions


Royal Opera House Live
 
We are delighted to bring you selected live screenings from the Royal Opera House


Glyndebourne 2017
8 June 2017 - 30 August 2017
Glyndebourne continues its programme of cinema broadcasts with three extraordinary performances from the Festival.


Relaxed Screenings
 
Film screenings that are specially tailored for film fans who may be on the autistic spectrum, have Tourette Syndrome, anxiety, sensory difficulties or other learning disabilities.


Parent and Baby Screenings
 
Enjoy the best new films on the big screen with your little ones of twelve months and under


Framed Film Club
 
Framed Film Club is a year-round programme of film and learning for young people taking place every Saturday morning


Members' screenings
 
Exclusive Member's screenings and enjoy priority booking on ScreenTalks and special events.