As the East End Film Festival approaches its 16th year we are getting ready for our next big change. What began as a council-led weekend of screenings showcasing local filmmakers has evolved into one of the UK’s largest International Film Festivals. Looking forward to 2018, we will undergo a radical reboot as a festival with new dates, a new vision, new partners, awards, ambitions and much more.
Before this seismic shift next year you may think we’d be taking it easy to prepare, but we won’t be going quiet in 2017. Instead, we’re launching 5 epic and exhilarating weekends of cinematic joy as East End Film Festival takes over the whole of June!
Each weekend will focus on one of the festival’s five core values:
FRIDAY 2 & SATURDAY 3 JUNE
Free outdoor screenings at Spitalfields Market in conjunction with Films For Food.
THURSDAY 8 – SUNDAY 11 JUNE
Free & subsidised screenings and events focusing on community, heritage and local engagement.
THURSDAY 15 – SUNDAY 18 JUNE
Shop window showcasing features and documentaries currently without UK distribution.
THURSDAY 22 – SUNDAY 25 JUNE
Experiments with cross arts and culture – including a Twin Peaks themed ball at the Masonic Temple deep within Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel.
THURSDAY 29 JUNE – SUNDAY 2 JULY
Premieres a hand-picked selection of vital new films ahead of their general release.
Please note: Final submission deadline for East End Film Festival 2017 is 7 April (14 April for Withoutabox members, 17 April for FilmFreeway members).
Watch this space for the full 2017 programme announcement in May.
EEFF is also thrilled to announce an official education partner and a new film award.
With an emphasis on first- and second-time filmmakers, EEFF is an established platform for new voices in cinema. Through its industry sessions Mind The Gap, established in 2013, the festival provides filmmakers with the tools and knowledge to have a sustainable career in the industry. Addressing the fact that too many first-time directors never make a second film, these expert-led Mind The Gap workshops support the transition between first and second feature. As the festival moves forward, so do EEFF’s plans to enhance its education manifesto. The University of East London (UEL) have supported EEFF since 2015, and the festival is now thrilled to name UEL as official education partner, further strengthening the ties between EEFF and UEL, and enabling EEFF to begin developing year-round educational programmes.
EEFF is further investing in the future of film by implementing a brand new film fund. Open to filmmakers who are fighting to make their second feature here in the UK, the prize for EEFF’s inaugural Mind The Gap “Transit Film Award” is £10,000. The prize will be awarded to a project that resonates with EEFF’s ethos and dedication to support fresh and challenging voices in cinema. Submissions will open during EEFF 2017 in June, with the inaugural winner announced during the awards presentation at EEFF 2018.
A different director will support this new award each year, with each director donating a minimum of 1% of profits from their latest film to the award fund. The first award is made possible by director John Jencks, who co-created the award with East End Film Festival. As well as the £10,000 start-up contribution, he will be donating any future profits he earns as director of The Hippopotamus, his second feature, to the ongoing fund.