600 superb cinematic treats at the Portobello Film Festival

PFF3Ladies and gentlemen: a selection of 600 superb cinematic treats await your delighted delectation at this year’s 20th Portobello Film Festival AND – it’s all free!

Some highlights at the Pop Up Cinema, 3 Acklam Road, W10 5TY (junction of Portobello Road and Cambridge Gardens), programmes from 6.30.

The Devils – Uncut
Friday 4th September
The Portobello Film Festival 2015 will start with its customary controversy by screening a seldom seen uncensored version of Ken Russell’s masterpiece The Devils with Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave. Russell’s daughter Vicky and Georgina Hale, who acted in the film, will introduce the screening.

Getting It Straight in Notting Hill Gate
Directed by Joe Gannon (1970, 26 minutes)
Friday 4th September
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.

More Hot For No 5
A film by Barlby Road Primary School children and digital:works (2015, 40 minutes)
Saturday 5th September
History of Notting Dale and around featuring Joe Rush, Frestonia, and John Christie. The film was made by Year 5 pupils from Barlby Primary School with support from community group digital:works. The oral history of a unique inner city neighbourhood in the voices of the people who lived the story.

The Mask You Live In
Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom (2015, 97 minutes)
Thursday 10th September
Society’s narrow definition of what it means to be a man is having a host of unintended consequences, ranging from substance abuse to violence to rape. Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom has said “We as a society are failing our boys and I wanted to delve into the concept of how do we create a culture that doesn’t leave them so lonely, isolated and in pain?”

Peter Green – Man of the World
Directed by Steve Graham (90 minutes)
Friday 11th September
Carlos Santana, Mick Fleetwood, John Mayall, Noel Gallagher, Fleetwood Mac members Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Jeremy Spencer all appear in this documentary about the extraordinary Peter Green. His three short years leading Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac saw the band established as one of the biggest-selling groups of the 1960s until mental illness blighted his life.

And not forgetting…
A basketful of new independent films from London at the Pop Up. PLUS films from France, Belgium, Spain Romania, The USA, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Iraq, Israel, Ireland, Austria at the Video Cafe in the Muse Gallery, 269 Portobello Road, W11 1LR.

Editors’ notes
The Portobello Film Festival launched in 1996 as a reaction to the
moribund state of the British film industry, to provide an outlet for new
filmmakers. Many of our previously out-on-a-limb directors have since been recognised by the big fish in the industry. Portobello Film Festival shows tomorrow’s films today.

‘The wild side of Brit Film.’ Metro.
‘The biggest celebration of independent film in Europe.’ Independent. ‘London’s biggest filmic free-for-all.’ Time Out.’



For more information, email Ken Macdonald at

Portobello Film Festival 2015 Launch Party

PFF2Your invitation to the Portobello Film Festival 2015 Launch Party

When: 6.30 to 10.30 PM, Friday September 4th
Where: The Pop Up Cinema, 3 Acklam Road, W10 5TY (junction of Portobello Road and Cambridge Gardens)


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.

Notes for editors


For more information, email Ken Macdonald at

Portobello Film Festival 2015 – 20th Glorious Year!

lucysparrowPortobello 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.

Lucy Sparrow
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.




For more information, email Ken Macdonald at

Short Horror Film Competition

thefear1Could you create a short horror film that can terrify an entire cinema audience?

The Fear wants to hear from you!

Studio Lambert, the makers of BAFTA-award winning Gogglebox, is making a new series for BBC3 and your short horror film can be part of it.

We are looking for the best short homemade horror films (under 4 minutes) to show to a cinema audience, who will vote for the scariest. The lucky winner will receive funding towards their next film project.

For more information please email:

Closing Date: 24th July 2015

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Applicants must be over 16.
T&Cs apply.

Free TV production courses for 18- to 25-year-olds

bloombergAre you a filmmaker aged between 18 and 25 looking to break into the world of live television?

If you are unemployed, in training or education, the Bloomberg Broadcast Programme is a completely FREE fast track course that will give you the skills you need to progress in the industry.

This seven-week course offers training and hands-on experience in video production and live broadcast, through intensive workshops and working on productions at the Roundhouse. The project starts with 10 days of workshops in how to use broadcast quality camera equipment and edit using the latest software and technology in the Paul Hamlyn Roundhouse Studios. After this, your training will continue alongside gaining real experience in film production to boost your CV. You’ll get 40 hours of volunteering at Roundhouse festivals and events, including live broadcasts, promotional films and video productions.

The project will give you a thorough grounding in self-shooting and post-production, which is essential to succeed within a production company or as a freelance filmmaker.

To apply, you’ll need to have created video content yourself, but we don’t mind what software or equipment you used or how you did it. Ideally, you’ll have some experience of teamwork as well. Financial support is available to help with your travel and meal costs. Working hours will include some evenings and weekends and will require you to attend three days a week. Please note you must be able to attend all the workshops and production sessions to take part.

Find out more at our Taster Evening on Friday 3rd July. To book your place, please register your interest when you submit your application.

Deadline for applications: 9am, Monday 6th July
Interviews will take place between 10am and 5.30pm on Friday 10th July

Apply here.

Short film funding from Earls Court Community Trust

earls courtThe Earls Court Community Trust wants to produce its first short film which will be screened at the Portobello Film Festival. The Trust is looking for aspiring film makers and writers to work with and it will support the short film project with a grant of between £1,000 and £3,500. The film will be shown at the Portobello Film Festival in either 2015 or 2016 depending on completion date.

A thriller, a documentary, a love story…Earls Court Community Trust is open to YOUR suggestions. The short film will need to be at least partly set in Earls Court and the surrounding area, but not limited to this.

As well as a grant, the Trust can provide office space, help with applying for additional funding, actors and rehearsal space.

Submit your ideas or scripts, a budget and a CV to Sean Duffy and Caroline Tod at .


The Shortest Nights looking for submissions

shortest nightsShort Sighted Cinema is running a 12-hour film festival, The Shortest Nights, on the Summer Solstice, June 21st, at Electroworkz on Islington’s Torrens Street. The organisers are still accepting submissions with a deadline of Sunday May 10th 2015, and it’s free to submit your film.

Films must have been created by filmmakers living in the UK, inclusive of international students, within the last two years. Films should run for no more than 25 minutes, but can be of any style, genre or theme.

Short Sighted Cinema is a short film initiative run by Kate Williamson and Gem Carmella. They programme regular screening events around London, with programmes that showcase emerging and established filmmakers. They work with festivals, charities, councils and community cinemas to bring new audiences to short film.

If you’d like to go to the festival, which will include workshops, beers, banter and a BBQ, you can buy an advance ticket here. Early bird tickets are £20 and standard tickets are £25.

More information.

Portobello Film Festival 2015 dates

Blek-Le-RatDates 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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Make a music video and win $5,000

hollieGlobal production studio Dave Stewart Entertainment (DSE) and SB.TV are offering film and video directors the opportunity to get their break in the music video business. The selected video director will be represented by DSE, have their video premiered by SB.TV and receive $5,000.

Hollie Stephenson, a 16 year old singer/songwriter from London, releases her debut album this year and needs a new official music video.

One video director will be selected by DSE and Jamal Edwards MBE of SB.TV to develop their concept into a final masterpiece. They will have regular access to the DSE team for their creative sessions, editing advice and footage of Hollie where needed.

The deadline is Monday 23 February 2015 at 6 pm GMT

For more information and to submit your idea, click here.

Free screening of Leo The Last

leothelastJoin V&A’s Community Artist in Residence, Constantine Gras, for a free screening of John Boorman’s 1969 film Leo The Last on Sunday 1st February at 10.00am at the Gate Cinema (87 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JZ).

Directed by Boorman between his Hollywood films Point Blank and Deliverance, the film fuses drama, comedy and political comment as it follows an aristocratic landlord who moves into a slum area in Notting Hill and becomes radicalised by his oppressed Afro-Caribbean residents.

In his seminal History of West London Films, Tom Vague wrote, “Marcello Mastroianni (from La Dolce Vita) stars as Leo, an alienated aristocrat who brings about a ‘firework revolution’, in which his façade house across Testerton Street (on the site of the Lancaster West Estate) is destroyed. Brinsley Forde of Aswad is the lead black kid Bip. The pub is the Bramley Arms.”

The film is an 18 certificate, and this showing is in rare 35mm print.

For free tickets please contact Constantine Gras at or 07508 996510.

This screening is supported by City Living, Local Life, the V&A, RIBA and Park Circus.