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The 22nd Portobello Film Festival bursts into action on Thursday 31 August with an astonishing programme of short films from London, the UK and around the world. Unique, unconventional and unparalleled are just three words beginning with ‘u’ that aptly describe the annual Portobello Film Festival.
No other international film festival comes anywhere near providing the showcase for new films offered by the Portobello Film Festival. This is the event that film industry insiders searching for new talent know they can’t miss.
Venues include the legendarily louche Pop Up Cinema at Acklam Village (where the Westway crosses Portobello Road), The Muse Gallery at 269 Portobello Road, and Tavistock Square, just off Portobello Road.
Over 500 brand new indie movies that you won’t see anywhere else will be screened including international films from Holland, Spain and Russia. Highlights include Ken Russell’s The Boyfriend introduced by his daughter Vicky, Ian Sinclair’s London Overground, and the cult hit Common People.
In the wake of North Kensington’s awful tragedy at Grenfell Tower, less than 100 metres from the Portobello Film Festival office, the Festival will also present movies by local people. These films deal with the disaster and its aftermath, offering a platform for local poets, rappers, DJs and musicians.
Portobello Film Festival, in association with archivist Tom Vague, will also be creating an exhibition of panels on Portobello Road itself remembering the area’s eccentric cinematic history.
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The 22nd Portobello Film Festival starts on Thursday August 31st and runs until Saturday 16th September. This year, the festival turns to its spiritual home at the pop-up cinema under the Westway in Acklam Village, just by the junction of Portobello Road and Cambridge Gardens.
As always, the festival organisers are inviting volunteers to help with the running the event.
Jonathan Barnet, the festival’s director, says, “The Portobello Film Festival offers a variety of work experience opportunities to volunteers including administration, event management and helping to run our social media presence. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!”
If any local filmmakers have films they have made relating to the tragedy at Grenfell Towers we would love to show them. The entry form is here.
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The 22nd Portobello Film Festival runs from Thursday 31st August to Sunday 17th September and this year it’s returning to its spiritual home, the Pop Up cinema under the Westway, just off Portobello Road.
The Festival is now taking entries from film makers, and it’s completely free. Full details and the application form are here.
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Founded in 2000, the East End Film Festival is one of the UK’s largest film festivals and the 2016 Festival starts on Thursday June 23rd. The Festival is an annual multi-platform extravaganza with a diverse programme of international premieres, industry masterclasses, free pop-up screenings and immersive live events.
The EEFF’s mission is to discover, support, and exhibit pioneering work by global and local independent filmmakers, and to introduce viewers to innovative and challenging cinematic experiences.
Committed to the work of first and second time directors, the annual EEFF showcases more than fifty feature film screenings, several short film programmes, and a variety of cross-arts events and industry activities across the festival.
The EEFF’s established awards system includes: Best Feature (reserved for first and second time directors); Best Documentary; Best UK Short Film; and the EEFF Short Film Audience Award.
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Following on from the success of the Earl’s Court Short Film Festival in November 2015, four grants of £1,500 for short film makers and screen writers will be available in 2016. Grants will be paid at the end of March 2016. Filming should happen in the spring and summer 2016 to be ready for screening by the beginning of November 2016.
The only requirement is that you shoot a large part of the short film in Earls Court, using the streets and squares as backgrounds to your storyline. Also, it would be great if you would consider using part of the redevelopment in Earls Court as a background and Brompton Cemetery too.
The shorts will be screened in Earl’s Court in early November 2016 and in Covent Garden at a date to be agreed in 2016.
The short films can be a thriller, documentary or love story although the Film Festival is open to all your ideas. The short film must be filmed in Earls Court in the main but other locations can be used too. Please note that Earls Court has a colourful, diverse and vibrant history which you can tune into.
Send a CV and project outline/script by FRIDAY 4TH MARCH 2016 to Sean Duffy and Caroline Tod at .
The Film Festival can assist with:
• Office space in Earls Court which can be used on filming dates
• Audition and rehearsal space
• Support with locations
• Venue and audience in both Earls Court and Covent Garden
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The Portobello Film Festival (Friday 4th to Sunday 18th September) is celebrating its 20th birthday this year, so we’re having a special launch party at the legendary Pop Up Cinema under the Westway. Come along for a drink on us (arrive early for that), a selection of superb films and the usual relaxed, boho Portobello atmosphere that the Festival is famous for.
What’s on at the launch?
A fantastic night of cinematic treats:
The Devils (Uncut)
Directed by Ken Russell, starring Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave (1971, 117 minutes)
This version of the hugely controversial Ken Russell film includes the sections that they censors insisted on cutting when it was released. The film will be introduced by Russell’s daughter Vicki and she’s available for interview – email Ken Macdonald for details.
Ken Russell started his career in the Portobello Road area as a stills photographer and made a short film entitled ‘A House in Bayswater’.
My Fare Lady
Directed by Saloum N’Jie, starring Sean Brosnan (2015, 8 minutes)
Saloum collaborated on the first Portobello Film Festival in 1995. He has since worked with Bill Murray, Idris Elba, and Guy Ritchie. He will speak about how he broke into the film world with the help of the Portobello Film Festival.
Getting It Straight in Notting Hill Gate
Directed by Joe Gannon (1970, 26 minutes)
A film from 1960s psychedelic Portobello featuring Pink Floyd, the Mangrove restaurant on All Saints Road and Caroline Coon of Release. Director Joe Gannon went on to have a highly successful TV career in the USA.
The Swing the Hole and the Lie
Directed by Barry Adamson (2014, 11 minutes)
In this film, billed as a ‘golf-noir’ thriller, Jane’s fragile world teeters on the brink of madness as she seeks to uncover whether boyfriend Samir is up to no good with her best friend and golfing buddy Julie. With an introduction from director Barry Adamson.
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Portobello Film Festival 2015 – 20th Glorious Year!
Friday 4th to Sunday 20th September 2015
Every evening from 6 to 10.30pm
1) Portobello Pop Up Cinema, 3 Acklam Road, W10 5TY (junction of Portobello Road and Cambridge Gardens)
2) The Muse Gallery, 269 Portobello Road, W11 1LR.
600 new films
The Festival will be screening 600 new independent films this year at its two venues, the Portobello Pop Up Cinema and the Muse Gallery. The programme includes the Independent London Film Festival and a mini Spanish Film Festival.
As always, the focus of the Festival is to showcase new film makers working outside the dreary constraints of mainstream media. The Portobello Film Festival exists to celebrate the individual, eccentric, nonconformist film making that produces the household names of tomorrow.
Renowned artist Lucy Sparrow, whose hand-sewn ‘The Cornershop’ caused a sensation in 2014, has designed this year’s cover art, which appears above. Lucy’s website.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAMME AVAILABLE SOON.
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Dates for the 2015 Portobello Film Festival – the 20th edition of this entirely free extravaganza – have just been confirmed as Thursday 3rd to Sunday 20th September. The Festival’s main venue will again be the Pop-up Cinema on Acklam Road, under the Westway, just by Portobello Road.
Entries for the Festival – for which there is no charge – are now being accepted. Entries must be on DVD and the deadline is Monday June 1st 2015. DVDs must be accompanied by the official entry form which you can download here. Web links are not accepted.
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The 8th Lichtspielklub British Shorts Film Festival, held in Berlin, is now looking for submissions. Berlin British Shorts runs from 16th to 19th January 2015 at the Sputnik Kino and other venues around the city.
The Festival showcases the most exciting, funny, strange and thrilling short films from the home of dirty weather. All genres are welcome including drama, comedy, thriller, animation, experimental, documentary, horror, science fiction and music.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 14th November 2014.