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Five UK film festivals to fit in this year

Raindance

This leading indie festival has become our homegrown answer to Sundance.Trans doc Krow’s Transformation (pictured) kicks off proceedings, screening alongside Nimic, the new short from Yorgos ‘The Favourite’ Lanthimos. London, Sep 18-29, raindance.org

The London Film Festival

The big one, attracting A-listers galore. Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History Of David Copperfield, starring Dev Patel and Tilda Swinton, is the irresistible season opener. London, Oct 2-13, whatson.bfi.org.uk

Top Dog Film Festival

All-new touring celebration of all things canine, including Arthur, whose life was turned around after a chance encounter with an adventure racing team in Sweden. Woof! Nationwide, Sep 24-Nov 13, topdogfilmfestival.co.uk

Aesthetica Film Festival

This year the cutting-edge shorts fest introduces features for the first time. Making the cut is intriguing German drama Nina, about a woman on a complex hunt for her dad’s killer. York, Nov 6-10, asff.co.uk

Abertoir Film Festival

The International Horror Festival of Wales boasts a killer title and Friday The 13th creator Sean S Cunningham as its guest star. Other gory cult classics on offer include the 1981 slasher My Bloody Valentine. Aberystwyth, Nov 19-24, abertoir.co.uk