East End Film Festival: Dates announced (1 – 8 July)
Sunday 1st July – Sunday 8th July 2012
“I always film in the East End when I can. I love it. Festivals like the East End
Film Festival make people more aware of the area, and that’s a good thing”
“The hottest tickets in town”
The 11th East End Film Festival (EEFF) running 1 – 8 July will be at the heart of the cultural carousal when the Olympic Games come to London’s East End this summer.
Now one of the UK’s largest international film festivals (and the alternative to the LFF), EEFF has previously welcomed talent including filmmakers Danny Boyle and Ken Russell, musicians The Libertines and Annie Lennox, and artists from Gilbert & George to Tracey Emin.
For the 10th anniversary last year, the festival looked back on the story of east London. 2012 will see EEFF looking forward, with a dynamic programme of screenings and events that showcase the very best of contemporary British, European and World cinema.
This year, the festival’s fringe, CineEast will take place on Sunday 1st July from 12pm to 12am with a day of FREE events featuring short and feature film screenings, live music, talks, workshops, film trails and competitions, incorporating over 1000 films and site-specific events in over 100 different venues, including cinemas, cultural spaces, shops, restaurants and art galleries.
With 2012 being the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, EEFF will commemorate this with a cinematic 75th birthday celebration of the East End’s own queen, Barbara Windsor. This year’s director in residence is Vikranditya Modwane, winner in 2011 of EEFF’s Best First Feature award for his beautiful coming-ofage tale Udaan. 2012 will therefore include a focus on Indian and Bangladeshi cinema, with a series of screenings and events exploring South Asian filmmaking.
The festival proper will open with a red carpet gala screening on Tuesday 3rd July and close on Sunday 8th July. Reflecting London’s most dynamic quarter, and in tribute to the vibrant spirit of the Olympic boroughs, themes the festival will explore in 2012 include notions of home and identity, issues of displacement and alienation, and the strong heritage in east London and beyond of direct action and grassroots political and social change. Every year the festival supports its screenings with panel discussions, events and workshops exploring the power and the meaning of the films that screen.
EEFF excavates the boundaries between cinema and other art forms by augmenting the film programme with exhibitions, installations, spoken word and live music, creating an international film festival that’s dynamic, urban, challenging and engaging. A festival of discovery, this will be the first and sometimes only opportunity to see some of these new and highly original films on a cinema screen in the UK.
Details of the full festival programme will be announced soon.
East End Film Festival will pop up as a special guest at other festivals throughout the coming months, including Sheffield DocFest – so look out for