East End Film Festival Partners and Supporters

Principal Partners

The University of East London

The University of East London (UEL) joins EEFF as a new Principal Partner for 2015. UEL is a community of 19,000 students, inspiring academics, world-leading researchers and dedicated support staff spanning more than 120 different nationalities. Taking pride their diversity and extensive global connections UEL is London’s leading university for civic engagement giving their students opportunities to learn off campus on real-life projects at home and abroad. Their mission is to foster confident, life-ready individuals capable of achieving extraordinary things for themselves and society.

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Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets Council is the lead partner in, and the inspiration behind, the East End Film Festival and has been developing its support for filming and filmmaking through the East End Film Festival and the Tower Hamlets Films Office over the past decade. Tower Hamlets has a dynamic and creative arts and events department dedicated to delivering high quality cultural events for all residents in the borough to enjoy.



The BFI was founded in 1933 and is a charity governed by a Royal Charter. It combines cultural, creative and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition and education at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, publishing and festivals. Film Forever is the BFI’s five year strategic plan for 2012-2017 to support UK film. The plan covers all its  activities and is based around three priorities – education and audiences, support for the UK film industry and unlocking film heritage.

The East End Film Festival is financially supported by the BFI Festival Fund.


Genesis Cinema

The Genesis cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road, stands on a site used for entertainment purposes for over 150 years, and has supported the East End Film Festival since its inception.

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Film London

Film London, as the capital’s film and media agency, aims to ensure London has a thriving film sector that enriches the city’s businesses and its people. The agency works with all the screen industries to sustain, promote and develop London as a major international production and film cultural capital, and it supports the development of the city’s new and emerging film-making talent. Film London is funded by the Mayor of London, the National Lottery through the BFI, and receives significant support from Arts Council England and Creative Skillset. Film London also manages the British Film Commission through a public/private partnership which is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through the BFI.


BFI Film Audience Network

The BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) is a major initiative developed by the BFI to enable film and events experts to work in partnership to boost film audiences across the UK, particularly in the areas of specialised and independent British film.

The Network is made up of nine Film Hubs which cover the whole of the UK. Each Film Hub is led by a Film Hub Lead Organisation (FHLO) that will receive funding from the BFI to deliver extensive programming, audience development activity and support sector training in their region. The Film Hubs will also work together to share initiatives and see if their aims can be furthered through collaboration.


3 Mills Studio

London’s largest Studios, situated in Bromley-by-Bow, 3 Mills Studios is the destination of choice for filmmakers who are looking to work in the most vibrant and creative area of London.  3 Mills Studio is the sponsor of the EEFF 2013 Industry programme.


SAE Institute London

SAE are an institution offering hands-on digital filmmaking degrees, priding themselves on giving students the practical and theoretical grounding they need to launch a successful career in film or television production; in-depth knowledge in digital filmmaking; and a broad view of the different areas of filmmaking, including commercials, music videos and short films.


Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel

Located on the fringes of vibrant East London, the five star boutique Andaz Liverpool Street hotel is proud to be the official Hotel Partner of the 2013 East End Film Festival. As a core value of Hyatt's lifestyle Andaz brand, Andaz Liverpool Street reflects the personality of its locale and through partnership with the Festival joins in the celebration of London's East End's cultural scene.



Excel are East London's own professional logistics company. Delighted to be a sponsor of the festival, Excel supply couriers and executive cars for the EEFF. Based in Docklands,  they are perfectly suited to be in partnership with the East End Film Festival.



Over the last fourteen years Spitalfields has once again established itself as a thriving market. A visitor to its stalls and independent shops can find that hidden gem, from jewel encrusted vintage boots, to art deco sofas, to rare vinyl for enthusiasts. Spitalfields serves as a microcosm of this polyglot society.

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Leon – Naturally Fast Food

Leon – Naturally Fast Food was founded to prove that it was possible to serve food that both tastes good and does you good. Its vision is to make it easy for people to eat well on the high street in every major city in the world. Their menu is inspired by the flavours, variety and natural healthiness of Mediterranean cooking and celebrates the natural rhythms of nature.

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Red Gallery

Red Gallery, the East End Film Festival’s very own adopted bar, evening hangout and multimedia, cross platform screening space. This is the place to find filmmakers, the festival team, and EEFF audiences passionately discussing the day’s films long into the evening. Join us upstairs for drinks, chatter and DJs every night of the festival.

Meanwhile, downstairs, the EEFF hosts some of its most exciting music and cross-platform screening events, from world premieres to live scores, and from retro musical styles to the noise drenched sonic cinema of the future…

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Argentine Film Festival London

Now in its second year, the Argentine Film Festival, London,  presents a range of features and shorts celebrating Argentine culture in all its diversity; bringing together subjects typically associated with Argentina, while also offering a bird's eyes view of some of the more intriguing areas of the country, with their hidden secrets and contrasting communities.

The Argentine Film Festival, London, is supporting EEFF's screening of Viola and panel on Argentine cinema at the Barbican.


Polish Cultural Institute

The Polish Cultural Institute is a diplomatic mission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. Based in London, the Institute is dedicated to nurturing and promoting cultural ties between the United Kingdom and Poland.


Romanian Cultural Institute

The Institutul Cultural Roman (ICR) promotes Romanian culture and civilisation worldwide. ICR is a non-profit, non-political organisation, open to engagement in any form of collaboration and partnership project-work.

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Set over 2 levels and bathed in faded circus glamour, Trapeze will play host to the East End Film Festival 2014 Opening Night Party! Join us after Dermaphoria for a creole-smoked night of New Orleans jazz and prohibition cocktails as we celebrate the start of two weeks of great cinema!

Trapeze have created a very special East End Mardi Gras cocktail for East End Film Festival friends, so join us after the credits have rolled every night of the festival for some late-night cine-astic chatter, drinks and dancing.



Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. It was formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1997, and is headquartered in Santa Monica, California. 



Since 2004 Dogwoof has released award-winning independent documentaries from around the world such as Food, Inc., Burma VJ, The Age of Stupid, Dreams of a Life, The House I Live In, Blackfish and the Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing. Proud to be different from the average film distributor, Dogwoof work intimately with filmmakers through the release process across various platforms, and boasting award-winning press, marketing, social media and outreach campaigns. Dogwoof now also handle global sales for variety of titles, and prides itself on innovative release strategies. 


Palestine Film Foundation

The PFF is a nonprofit initiative which seeks to develop an audience for and to encourage the development of a Palestinian cinema and cinema related to Palestine. It is managed by a network of academics, curators, filmmakers, and volunteers from Palestine, the UK and elsewhere.



Vibe, situated on Brick Lane, is one of East London's most vibrant and popular venues for exhibition, parties and live events. With a live music and performance space, an art gallery and bars, Vibe combines a rich selection of performance, live music, DJs, film, and AV technology, offering a platform for new talent from all areas of the creative arts in Shoreditch. Vibe is the host venue for the EEFF's EMERGE and Grits'n'Gravy programmes. 



Irresistible Films is a new breed of Production Company with a contemporary attitude towards film making and the creative process that shapes it. 

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TV Studio, Event Space hire, Training facilities hire for the creative and media industries.


Studio Pretty

Studio Pretty is a multi-disciplinary graphic design studio that works with brands and companies across multiple formats print and digital. Studio Pretty is the East End Film Festival brand designer.


Giles Marsh Design

Giles Marsh Design is a London based Design company that designs the programme for the East End Film Festival.

Festival Partners


The Barbican Centre is one of the world's leading arts centres, founded and run by the City of London Corporation. It encompasses dance, film, music, theatre, visual arts and creative learning who work together in creating the model of tomorrow's international arts and learning centre.


The Aubin Cinema

Run in conjunction with Shoreditch House private members’ club, the Aubin Cinema provides an unrivalled level of comfort and style for up to 45 cinema-goers. What better way to enjoy a film than from velvet sofas and chairs, plumped up with Aubin & Wills cushions?

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Picturehouse Cinemas is a network of art house cinemas in the United Kingdom. It is the leading independent cinema operator with 20 sites in its group, and the fourth largest circuit in the UK. Since 2010, the company also runs its own film distribution company, Picturehouse Entertainment.


Rio Cinema

In 1909 Clara Ludski, the owner of an auctioneer’s shop at 105 Kingsland High Street, set up the Kingsland Palace - among the first full-time cinemas in London.  The Rio today stands on this original site.


Rich Mix

Rich Mix’s is a cinema and arts centre in Shoreditch, aiming to create and celebrate work from BAME and marginalised communities and to encourage, nurture, grow and explore the cultural and creative talent of all people.


Sheffield Doc/Fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest brings the international documentary family together to celebrate the art and business of documentary making over 5 days in June. Doc/Fest is a film festival, industry session programme and market place, as well as a wealth of inspirational documentary films from across the globe.

Piccadillo Pictures

Peccadillo Pictures UK

Peccadillo Pictures is an award-winning* UK film distributor of Art House, Gay & Lesbian and World Cinema titles with an impressive collection of films from across the world. Launched in 2000, Peccadillo nurtures new and upcoming talent alongside established directors.


BFI Flipside

BFI Flipside is a series of Dual Format Editions (DVD and Blu-ray released together) which was launched in May 2009 and is published by the British Film Institute's Video label. To date, the Flipside collection contains over 80 films across 26 editions. Since all but a handful of these films have never had any life on home video formats (VHS, DVD, Blu-ray, etc) all have been newly transferred to create the masters required for their premiere release, and the majority of the original film materials used (original prints or negatives) have been accessed via the BFI National Archive, where they are held in preservation status.

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Cigarette Burns

Cigarette Burns is devoted to the forgotten, obscure and much loved, often bewildering cinematic escapes of times long gone, bringing some of the finest cult films to London's cinema screens.


Strange Attractor Press

Starting out as a series of live events, Strange Attractor has slowly transmuted into an annual publication, set up an online clearing house for the weird and the wonderful and recently made its first move towards establishing itself as a publishing house.

Media Partners

TimeOut London

Founded in 1968, Time Out has become the authority on entertainment, events, and everything that's happening in the most exciting cities in the world. Reaching more than 22 million people around the planet every month, through a range of different media channels, Time Out is providing its readers with everything they need to know to make the most of their cites.


Little White Lies

LWLies is a bi-monthly, independent movie magazine that features cutting edge writing, illustration and photography to get under the skin of cinema. Bold, beautiful and unique, LWLies is a magazine on a mission – to reshape the debate across the movie landscape.



Founded in February 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.


SoFilm UK

So Film is a monthly magazine that celebrates the maverick side of film and television. It offers a wry and fast-paced mix of behind-the-scenes stories, in-depth interviews and short, irreverent segments, with an offbeat tone and a taste for the backstory, So Film is for anyone looking for a cool and unique perspective on film culture.



Aesthetica is a UK-based arts and culture publication that engages with critical debate and contemporary artistic trends.  Aesthetica’s editorial blurs the boundaries between the genres in which artists operate today and in each issue you will find the latest in film, visual arts, music, theatre and new writing. 


Electric Sheep

Electric Sheep is the online magazine for lovers of offbeat, left-field and cult cinema. It celebrates the celluloid dreams of the most outlandish, provocative and visionary directors, the marginal and the transgressive, the poetic and the punk.


International New York Times

The International New York Times is an English language international newspaper. It combines the resources of its own correspondents with those of The New York Times and is printed at 38 sites throughout the world, for sale in more than 160 countries and territories. Based in Paris since 1887, the newspaper is part of The New York Times Company. From 1967 it was published as the International Herald Tribune, but was renamed on October 15, 2013.

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East End Review

East End Review is a free art magazine for East London.


Shooting People

Shooting People is the world’s largest network of independent filmmakers. There are over 35,000 members in the UK and US who share tips, news, upload their work and cast their films using the nine Shooting People daily bulletins. 


The Quietus

The Quietus is a British online rock music and pop culture magazine, focusing on arts news, reviews, and features. The site is an editorially independent publication led by John Doran and a group of freelance journalists and critics, some of whom have worked for other media outlets.


Canning House

Canning House hosts regular events - ranging from business receptions to academic seminars, concerts, and exhibitions -  dedicated to giving people the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of the politics, economics and diverse cultures of the Latin American and Iberian regions. 

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Radiobilly focuses exclusively on music from the 40s and 50s, with the best rock and roll Deejays. They also give coverage and support to artists and bands in the current scene.


Film Africa

Film Africa is the Royal African Society’s annual film festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent and the Diaspora. Established in 2011, every year Film Africa brings diverse London audiences a high quality and wide-ranging film programme accompanied by a vibrant series of events, including director Q&As, talks and discussions; professional workshops and master classes; school screenings and family activities; the Industry Forum; and Film Africa LIVE! music nights. Film Africa also recognises and supports new filmmaking talent through The Baobab Award for Best Short Film.



The first ever female-focussed sex shop in the UK ( and the first boutique-style erotic store too!) Sh! Women's Erotic Emporium was established on 1st April 1992 as an antidote to sleazy sex shops and has since trail blazed the way for the whole of the sex industry to take a giant u-turn in how it views women's sexuality.

Industry Partners


Soundcheque is a global company that supplies original and custom-made music for media, film and Television - ALL genres and EVERY budget. They are currently based in London and Los Angeles and provide a personalised service according to creative and budgetary needs. Founded by classically trained musician and former PR Manager and critic for The Times, Laura Westcott, Soundcheque’s mission statement is ‘Helping Music Makers Make It’. Soundcheque's team consists of musicians, composers and music supervisors from London, Canada and LA

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Creative Skillset

Creative Skillset empowers the Creative Industries to develop skills and talent, by influencing and shaping policy, ensuring quality and by securing the vital investment for individuals to become the best in their field and for businesses to grow.


Crossover Labs

Crossover is an international training organization dedicated to developing the production of crossmedia content and exploring the creative and commercial challenges of developing digital media.


Pulse Films

Founded in 2005 by Thomas Benski, Marisa Clifford and Ian Bonhôte, Pulse Films is a talent management and integrated content production company that creates content across different platforms.

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Film4 is a digital television channel available in the United Kingdom and Ireland, owned and operated by Channel Four Television Corporation. It offers films in standard definition free of charge.



BECTU is the UK's media and entertainment trade union; sectors covered include broadcasting, film, independent production, theatre and the arts, leisure and digital media.

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Soda Pictures

Founded by Edward Fletcher and Eve Gabereau in 2002, Soda Pictures is renowned for it's eclectic catalogue of independent and world cinema, releasing films in the UK for Directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Werner Herzog, Mike Leigh, Abbas Kiarostami, Kelly Reichardt, Michael Winterbottom and many more.

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British Council

The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide.


School for Creative Startups

School for Creative Startups offers a variety of educational and support programmes. All their programmes are designed by creative entrepreneurs to teach and empower those with existing creative businesses, who simply wish to grow and improve, as well as, those who dream of turning their part-time hobbies, market-stall businesses or freelance work into a full-time way of life.

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LOCO Film Festival

LOCO is a not-for-profit foundation whose mission is to discover, develop and screen the world’s most distinctive comedy film-makers.

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Casting Network

Casting Networks, Inc. is a software company dedicated to providing business solutions for entertainment professionals.


Doc Heads

Doc Heads is a bi-monthly night for documentary filmmakers. Set up in 2009 by five filmmakers as a way of introducing all our filmmaking friends to each other, it’s expanded to become one of the leading events in the documentary calendar.


London Film Academy

London Film Academy is an exciting and innovative venture in practical film training based in one of the world’s leading film capitals. LFA pioneers professional-standard practical training across all key areas of filmmaking, boasting a wealth of highly qualified mentors and a personal low tutor-to-student ratio.


Women in Film and Television

Women in Film & TV (UK) is the leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK, and part of an international network of over 10,000 women worldwide.


Harbottle & Lewis

Harbottle & Lewis provides pro-active legal advice to dynamic and creative clients. They give specialist commercial advice to clients in all areas of the communications and creative industries including advertising, broadcasting, charity, digital media, fashion, film, interactive entertainment, music, publishing, sponsorship, sport, television and theatre.

cranetv is a digital storytelling company based in London, Rio and NYC incorporating a video magazine and a content marketing agency, Cult, and was named a Top10 Startup by the Wall Street Journal.



MOFILM inspires film-makers to create videos for big brands and social causes. Our revolutionary new process is transforming the video creation industry by connecting brands more directly with film-makers and eliminating multiple layers of bureaucracy and administration which waters down creativity and inflates costs in traditional processes.

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Story Campus

A travelling conversation on the nature and future of storytelling for the screen, Story Campus devises and delivers conferences, labs and consultancy.

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This is where film fans can control their local cinema. In 3 easy steps, we are all able to create film screenings for our friends, or anyone.



Fliqio is a mobile video distribution service that allows viewers to easily find and watch a wide variety of high quality carefully selected short videos to suit their taste. Any time, any place on or offline.


Mosaic Networking

Mosaic Networking, founded by independent producer Christine Hartland in 2001, sets out to create a different and informal approach to networking by hosting drinks at a variety of venues and film festivals.



Bankside is a leading international sales and film finance company for independent films. Founded in January 2007, the company offers a bespoke sales and executive producer service to production companies, representing between eight and ten films a year. Bankside's principals have built up strong relationships with international distributors and offer a consistent approach to the market with a wide range of genres and budgets. Since its inception, Bankside cash-flows pre-sales, tax credits and finances gap using its knowledge and extensive relationships with international financiers and distributors.