Our Patrons


BAFTA winning filmmaker, Asif Kapadia is known for his visually striking films exploring characters living in timeless, extreme and unforgiving landscapes. His films have been awarded and distributed internationally and shown how versatile and expressive British cinema can be.
Asif Kapadia


“I always film in the East End when I can. I love it. The area really hasn’t properly been explored, both visually or culturally and it needs to be represented more. Festivals like the East End Film Festival make people more aware of the area, and that’s a good thing.”  
Danny Boyle
Director: ‘Trainspotting’, ‘The Beach’, ‘28 Days Later’


An actress known for her excellent choices working with new British talent, across both short and feature film roles. Jaime was head of the jury for our 2010 Best UK First Feature Award.
Jaime Winstone
Actress: ‘Daddy’s Girl’, ‘Donkey Punch’, Boogie Woogie’, ‘Dagenham Girls’



Critic and broadcaster who has been part of the London film community for nearly a decade.
Jason Solomons




East meets west in a festival that forges a unique link between cinema audiences and filmmakers. One of those rare festivals which reflects the diversity of its audience.
Jeremy Wooding
Director: ‘Bollywood Queen’



Award winning filmmaker known for Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, The Soloist and Anna Karenina.
Joe Wright



Composer of minimalist music, pianist, librettist and musicologist, known for the many film scores he wrote during his lengthy collaboration with the filmmaker Peter Greenaway, and his multi-platinum soundtrack album to Jane Campion’s The Piano.
Michael Nyman



Having been a patron of the festival for four years, it’s been really rewarding to watch the festival grow, reflecting the creative explosion that’s happening in East London at the moment.
Nitin Sawhney
Musician, Composer


This is an impressive festival! Its dedication to representing the diversity of East London, and educating the community through cinema is much needed.
Pawel Pawlikowski
Director: ‘My Summer of Love’



The East End Film Festival offers a unique programme of films and events that really serves not only to highlight the diversity of the area but which always entertain, challenge and inspire. The festival helps to demystify filmmaking and invites people to tell their stories.
Parminder Vir OBE
Co-Founder and Chair DAWN – Asian Women’s Network



Having been brought up in the East End I warmly support a festival that brings the spotlight onto one of the most historic and interesting areas of Europe.”
Stephen Woolley



“I am delighted to be part of the celebration of filmmaking talent in the east end of London by being a patron of the East End Film Festival.
Steven Berkoff
Writer, Actor, Director



It’s very important to have a festival like the East End Film Festival as it focuses the energy of new filmmakers, especially when it’s taking place in an area of a major city which is so multi-cultural.
Tony Grisoni
Writer: ‘In This World’, ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’