EEFF Open To All

The East End Film Festival strives to demonstrate the power of cinema as a vital, enjoyable shared experience; an experience that should be available to all.

With an initiative that launched in 2016, EEFF will be offering a limited amount of free tickets for the unwaged, people of limited income, asylum seekers and refugees to a selection of EEFF 2018 titles. You can find the list of screenings below.

Additionally, 94% of the EEFF 2018 programme is screening in fully accessible venues. We are working towards making the festival 100% accessible in the future. For more information please visit our Venues page here.

Exercising its social responsibility underpins all that EEFF does. In a reversal of 2017, when EEFF opened with a free outdoor screening in partnership with Films For Food supporting Tower Hamlets Food Bank (free admission with donation of non-perishable food – a massive 370kg haul was donated), this year EEFF closes with a weekend of FREE outdoor events at Old Spitalfields Market supported by Tower Hamlets, including more Films For Food activity. You can find more information about all the free events of this year’s festival here; keep an eye out for more free events that will be announced soon.

High Fantasy – Thursday 12, 18:15, Stratford Picturehouse
Part comedy, part drama, part body-swap thriller, Jenna Bass’ second feature is a daringly inventive and enthralling dive into contemporary South Africa.

The unwaged, people of limited income, asylum seekers and refugees can reserve a free ticket here.

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts – Thursday 12, 18:15, Genesis Cinema
When bandits invade the home of young widow Marlina they don’t count on her fighting back. Undoubtedly the best Indonesian feminist Western you’ll see this year.

The unwaged, people of limited income, asylum seekers and refugees can reserve a free ticket here.

Pili – Friday 13, 20:45, Genesis Cinema
Winner of the audience-award for Best Film at Dinard British Film Festival, this inimitable drama is the result of a ground-breaking collaboration between the filmmakers, debut director Leanne Welham and producer Professor Sophie Harman,
with the women of Miono, Tanzania.

The unwaged, people of limited income, asylum seekers and refugees can reserve a free ticket here.

Section 28: 30 Years On – Saturday 14, 15:00, Rich Mix
On the thirty-year anniversary of the implementation of Section 28 we will be showing films about LGBTQ+ London in the 1980s and today looking at the law, its implications and the resistance against it. This will be followed by a panel discussion bringing together community members and activists involved in LGBTQ+ struggles then and now to learn and act on the legacy of Section 28.

The unwaged, people of limited income, asylum seekers and refugees can reserve a free ticket here.

I Am Another You – Saturday 14, 16:00, Rich Mix
Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang’s (Hooligan Sparrow) fascination with the notion of a free American attaches itself to Dylan, a charismatic young drifter. Their journey together leaves her questioning the nature of freedom and filmmaking, and the limitations of both.

The unwaged, people of limited income, asylum seekers and refugees can reserve a free ticket here.

In The Fade + Q&A w/Fatih Akin – Saturday 14, 18:00, Rio Cinema
Diane Kruger delivers a not-to-be-missed career-defining performance as a wife and mother dealing with grief in an unforgettable thriller from leading German filmmaker Fatih Akin (Head-On).

The unwaged, people of limited income, asylum seekers and refugees can reserve a free ticket here.

House Without Roof + Q&A w/Soleen Yusef – Sunday 15, 18:00, Rich Mix
How far would you go for, and with, family? In this enormously poignant story, Alan, Liya and Jan—raised in Germany but born in Kurdish Iraq—return to their homeland to bury their mother next to her husband, killed while fighting Saddam Hussein’s regime.

The unwaged, people of limited income, asylum seekers and refugees can reserve a free ticket here.

Comic + Comedians Comedian Podcast Live – Wednesday 18, 21:00, Rich Mix
Journey into the technicolor mind of Terry Alderton as he desperately does battle with ‘The Voices’, two unpredictable and hilarious personas occupying his frenetic headspace.

The unwaged, people of limited income, asylum seekers and refugees can reserve a free ticket here.

The Solace of Orpheus – Thursday 19, 18:15, Rich Mix
John and Daria, a young couple from London, travel to rural Northern Ireland hoping to salvage their failing relationship, an intimate portrait of a suffering relationship, which sees the couple grow further apart, perhaps beyond repair.

The unwaged, people of limited income, asylum seekers and refugees can reserve a free ticket here.

Super November – Friday 20, 18:00, Rich Mix
A romance obsessed young librarian(Josie Long) thinks she has found her perfect match. Her friends disapprove but are more concerned with the political turmoil of the country: a somewhat inconvenient right wing coup.

The unwaged, people of limited income, asylum seekers and refugees can reserve a free ticket here.

The Rape Of Recy Taylor – Saturday 21, 15:30, Genesis Cinema
An astonishingly powerful testament to endurance, one that posits black women’s control over their own bodies as the cornerstone of civil rights.

The unwaged, people of limited income, asylum seekers and refugees can reserve a free ticket here.

Another News Story – Sunday 22, 14:30, Rich Mix
A bold debut feature confronting and interrogating the media circus around the refugee crisis, questioning the integrity and purpose of journalism in the era of 24 hour news.

The unwaged, people of limited income, asylum seekers and refugees can reserve a free ticket here.

On The Other Side From You – Sunday 22, 16:00, Rio Cinema
Bending, blurring and occasionally breaking the cinematic form, EEFF presents a programme of audio-visual delight from the minds of our most visionary filmmakers.

The unwaged, people of limited income, asylum seekers and refugees can reserve a free ticket here.

Daha – Wednesday 25, 18:30, Rio Cinema
The smuggling of refugees from the war-torn Middle East into economically ravaged Greece is the backdrop to actor turned first-time director Onar Saylak’s impressive screen adaptation of Hakan Günday’s award-winning thriller.

The unwaged, people of limited income, asylum seekers and refugees can reserve a free ticket here.

Tehran Taboo – Thursday 26, 18:30, Curzon Aldgate
A subversive depiction of underground life in Iran told through rotoscoping animation, director Ali Soozandeh’s debut smashes the facade of a traditional Iranian society and obliterates the metaphoric storytelling style of the Iranian New Wave.

The unwaged, people of limited income, asylum seekers and refugees can reserve a free ticket here.

Call Me By Your Name (Outdoors Screening) – Friday 27, 18:30, Old Spitalfields Market
Equally melancholic and endearing, erotic and intellectual, the story of Elio (Timothee Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer) and their unexpected romance that blossoms over the summer of 1983 in idyllic Northern Italy, has stolen the hearts of thousands of viewers.

The unwaged, people of limited income, asylum seekers and refugees can reserve a free ticket here.

Team Hurricane – Friday 27, 20:50, Rich Mix
An exciting, radical punk film about eight eclectic and colourful teenage girls with a unique aesthetic and tone.

The unwaged, people of limited income, asylum seekers and refugees can reserve a free ticket here.