The Times BFI London Film Festival has announced their 50th annual event roster. The full line-up includes 181 features and 131 shorts with numerous events, special commmissions, talks and masterclasses. The festival will open with the European premiere of Kevin MacDonald's "The Last King of Scotland" on October 18th and close on November 2nd with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarratu's "Babel." The program also includes Venice Golden Lion winner "Still Life," Anthony Minghella's "Breaking and Entering," Lars Von Trier's "The Boss Of It All," Phillip Noyce's "Catch a Fire," and Roger Michell's "Venus." Forest Whitaker, Richard Linklater, Tim Burton, Dustin Hoffman, Christine Vachon, Paul Verhoeven, John Cameron Mitchell and Yo La Tengo will discuss their work in career interviews and masterclasses. Celebrating its jubilee year, the festival will also include two special events: a free, outdoor live-mix screening "A Portrait of London: Trafalgar Square," and the world’s largest surprise film screening in 50 Screens. Artistic Director Sandra Hebron said that "in this significant year, we're very excited to be able to bring such a strong selection of original and distinctive films to London, together with some truly innovative special events." [Peter Knegt]