Film festivals are becoming the go-to entertainment option of the movie nerd world with a flicker fest on in some celeb-worthy location pretty much on any given day. But, if hopping a plane and hitting one of the first-look industry events like Cannes, Sundance, Venice or Toronto is currently off the cards (because, you know, work/life) - you can still get your cinefile fix close to home and credibly join the #Oscars2017 conversation courtesy of the 2016 British Film Festival.

The almost month-long festival is on around Australia at Palace Cinemas and kicked off yesterday in Sydney and Canberra, with Melbourne opening today and the other capitals later this week. Showcasing the best-in-British film via a line up of both brand new flicks like thrilling high-jinks doco The Banksy Job and classics such as Academy award-winning A Room with a View, there's some serious must-see viewing on the table.

Highlights of the festival include Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander's star turn in the heartbreakingly beautiful Derek Cianfrance-directed (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines) flick The Light Between Oceans. Plus the Amma Asante (Belle) directed A United Kingdom which is generating a ton of Oscar buzz especially given the #OscarsSoWhite controversy last year. Making its' Australian debut at the Festival, this compelling film follows the true-story romance between the Botswanan King Sertse Khama (played by David Oyelowo) and a white London woman, Ruth Williams (played by Bond girl Rosamund Pike), watch the trailer here:

Also premiering for Australian audiences at the Festival is the film adaptation of Patrick Ness' award-winning novel, A Monster Calls. Starring Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones, this dark, spine-tingling drama depicts a lonely boy who is befriended by a monster.

Tickets are on sale now, turning your upcoming movie viewing schedule from "meh" to "amazing".

The BBC First British Film Festival 2016 dates: 
Sydney and Canberra October 25 - November 16
Melbourne October 26 - November 16
Perth and Brisbane October 27 - November 16
Adelaide November 3 - 23.
For tickets and further information head to britishfilmfestival.com.au

Watch: the 2016 British Film Festival is on now in Australia