This showcase is a celebration of some of the most talented young filmmakers to emerge from the University of East London’s BA Film, BA Animation and Illustration and MA Filmmaking programmes.

This is a richly diverse programme ranging from darkly surreal and visually spectacular fictions, to poignant documentaries (covering subject as varied as the Spanish Civil War and contemporary sexuality), to innovative and eye-catching animations. There will be an opportunity to speak with the filmmakers and a great chance to find out about the exciting developments in Film at the East End Film Festival’s principal partner, the University of East London.

13 min
Screenplay / Director / Costumes / Editing: Emilia Kinderman
DOP, Production Manager: Krupa Patel
Camera: Ciaran O’Connor
Costumes: Iva Minkova
Production Assistant: Vishal Sidhu
1st AD / Editing: Piotr Karter
Sound Technician: Danny Tarr
Daughter: Katie Healy
Mother: Gerri Farrell
Tenant: Ivan Molochko
Little Girl: Lily Pratt
Delivery Man: Trevor Sharpe
BA Film

4 min
Dir: Paris Rose
Animated Documentary.
BA Animation and illustration

12 min
Dir: Leon Lopez
Second Camera: Mitchell Marrion.
Sound Design: Jonathan Bell
MA Filmmaking

2 min
Dir: Sam Ogunsola
Animation, Hand-Drawn
BA Animation and illustration

10 min
Dir: Teresa Duran
Camera: Teresa Duran
Sound: David Montalvo
Editor: Teresa Duran
Music: Pedro Mari Martin
BA Film

Director / Screenplay: Daniel Thompson

7 min
Dir: Patrick O’Mahony
Animation, Stop-Motion.
BA Animation and illustration

10 min
Dir: Andreea Gruioniu
Sound: Costin Moraru
Production Manager: Octavian Gruioniu
Actors: Alin Popa, Catalin Gheorghe
MA Filmmaking

Screening followed by Q&A with Staff and Filmmakers.

Tickets £5 via Genesis website.

Parent & Baby Screening

Time for the tots! We’ll be walking the mini red carpet this year as East End Film Festival present a specially designed parent and baby screening for all budding film fans. The screening will take place in a venue with comfortable seating, lower volume levels and slightly brighter house lights to ensure you and your baby are comfortable and relaxed. We will be screening one of the key titles from this year’s line-up, details to be released nearer the time. Please note this screening is for parents and guardians and their children of twelve months and under.

We are glad to announce that the film selected for this Parent & Baby screening is The Darkest Universe. Tickets are available from the Genesis website here.

Limited number of FREE tickets available HERE.


Part of Roots. More information here.

Tower Hamlets at its Best

A celebration of the most thrilling and invigorating up and coming talent from Tower Hamlets, this selection of shorts encapsulates everything that we love about the most vibrant and diverse borough of London.

Lewis Rose | UK | 17 min

Rene Pannavis | UK | 15 min

Tom Hemmings | UK | 10 min

Aimee Powell | UK | 17 min

Charlotte Wolf | UK | 13 min

Jake Lushington | UK | 16 minTower Hamlets Logo (1)

FREE. Book your place via the Genesis Cinema website here.

Part of Roots. More information here.

Gates of Vanity, The

Newly unemployed and frustratingly directionless, Ben is lonely when his family go away. Taking in a young homeless man while he renovates his house, things quickly take a disturbing turn when a simple disagreement triggers a psychotic reaction in his guest. Held captive and broken down in a religiously-inflected cycle of abuse, Ben must discover whether he has what it takes to fight back and reclaim his life, in this powerful Hackney-based debut feature.

Followed by a Q&A. Tickets available from the Genesis website here.

Shorts: This Mess We’re In

Exploring such topics as political correctness, modern art, the rise of the EDL and the sexualisation of pop culture, these films form a compelling, hilarious and at times disturbing state-of-the-nation snapshot.

The Chop
UK | Lewis Rose | 17 min | @thechopfilm

The Chop’ is a comedy about Yossi, a charismatic Kosher butcher who loses his job, cannot find work at other Kosher butchers, and therefore decides to pretend to be Muslim in order to get work at a Halal butchers.

Kill it 4 the Kids
UK | Christopher Ullens de Schooten | 3 min

A cute and colourful handmade town sees the arrival and consequences of capitalism hit the town in bold and comic stop-motion animated footage synced on ‘Kill it 4 the Kids’!

UK | Will Webb | 8 min | @AfrobeatsFilm

Three white hipsters decide to run an Afrobeats night in London. But when two become obsessed with getting at least one black person to attend, the third begins to suspect the whole thing might be racist.

UK | Vasilisa Forbes | 4 min

Teaming the incredible force of the popular lyrics when set against the sexualised, objectified imagery, the question of our acceptance of tones of dialogue, pornography and the impact of popular culture are raised.

A Short Guide To Re-Entry
UK | Anwar Boulifa | 15 min

Khalid is released from prison. He’s told that he wants a job and a place in the community, but fitting into the system isn’t always that easy.

Underneath the Noise
UK | Jon E Price | 8 min

Basketball can give hope and focus to those who might otherwise have neither – but its future hangs in the balance. Starring players from North & East London and featuring poet James Massiah, Underneath the Noise celebrates Britain’s raw talent and gives a voice to young ball players.

UK | Jake Lushington | 16 min

A bouncer finds out that guarding modern art is just as hazardous as controlling the ropes at a nightclub.

Jade Dragon
UK | Joseph Brett | 9 min

If you thought Exodus was accurately cast and that Aloha was too ethnically diverse, this might not be the film for you.

UK | Eva Riley | 15 min

Against the backdrop of simmering racial tensions within a rural English community, the life of eleven year old Hannah changes forever when she meets a boy from a forbidden part of town.

Tickets are available from the Genesis website here.

Shorts: Shooting Blanks

From the ‘impotence’ of a police marksman to a deranged primal scream therapy session, these films probe, poke and prick at the inflated egos, the tribalism and the inherent paranoia of masculine one-upmanship.

Alpha Beta
UK | Tom Hemmings | 10 min

Lenny, a man in an extremely macho job – police marksman – has never discharged his weapon away from the firing range. But, he has bigger problems… He’s stopped firing his weapon at home and Martin, his alpha partner reckons a hunting trip is what’s needed to man Lenny up.

A Six and Two Threes
UK | Andy Berriman | 13 min | @623Film

Two boys from different sides of the tracks meet when one goes in search of his father. Over the course of the day they realise they might have more in common than they think.

UK | Eddie Bolger | 17 min

Guts is a black comedy on universal themes: the need to please, culinary hygiene, and meat.

UK | Nev Pierce | 10 min | @bricksfilm

When a stockbroker hires a rough builder to renovate the wine cellar beneath his country home, the two men fall out with violent consequences.

UK | Tom Marshall | 13 min

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Dilip’s Castle
UK | Manos Ioannou | 19 min

Dilip’s Castle is the story of Sidney. He runs away from home after he finds out that his wife had an affair. Already on a destructive path, with a rapacious thirst for alcohol, he treads through the night and he discovers that what lurks in the dark is far worse than infidelity.

UK | Simon Cartwright | 11 min | @MANOMANfilm

When Glen attends primal scream class, he releases something from deep within that knows no limits.

The Bathtub
Austria, Germany | Tim Ellrich | 13 min

One Bathtub – Three Brothers – Many Splashes! Three brothers try to diveback into their childhood through an old family picture in the bathtub.

Tickets are available from the Genesis website here.

Shorts: Phantoms

Creepy tales of supernatural unease sit alongside politicised expressions of the lost, the disposed and those that have fallen through the cracks in our society.

The Third Dad
UK | Theresa Moerman Ib | 10 min | @TheThirdDad

A daughter’s journey to find her estranged father’s grave.

The Lights
UK | Kieran Grant, Lucy Barrick | 11 min

An electrician answers a call-out in the dead of night and is drawn into the bizarre and melancholy world of a man haunted by Christmas. Can he fix the lights, or is the darkness in the house best left alone?

All’s Well
UK | Christian Kinde | 13 min

All’s Well a short film about a soldier returning from Afghanistan.

Italy | Nicola Ragone | 19 min

A train, a trip, a destination.Two strangers start to look each other while travelling in a couch of a train.Cold, pain, farewell. Arrived at the destination one of them is chosen to be a labourer of the Death in a Nazi concentration camp, a Sonderkommando.

UK | Jo Lewis | 11 min

A young woman travels to a remote beach side cabin in an attempt to finally quit her heroin habit.

UK | Dean Anderson | 7 min

A mother struggling to come to terms with the recent death of her teenage son, becomes fixated with a local boy due to his uncanny resemblance.

UK | Aimee Powell | 14 min | @driftfilm

Drift is a Southern Gothic for the Britain of austerity and UKIP. It depicts the trafficking of vulnerable homeless immigrants for forced labour and is inspired by a case which came to court in Luton in 2012. It is about agency and how we can come to accept the unacceptable.

UK | somebody nobody | 15 min

JUS SOLI opens up a discourse on the Black British experience; interrupting the emotional transition between generations and questioning what it means to be British.

Tickets are available on the Genesis website here.

Shorts: Learning Curve

A teens’ life is wrought by internal conflict and tempestuous emotions; one minute you’re giddy on the spontaneity of life, the next you’re blindsided by the dervish of hormones raging inside you.

UK | Chris Andrews | 14 min

An encounter in an unfamiliar environment challenges the identity of a volatile young man.

Little Soldier
UK | Stella Corradi | 15 min

Anya lives and cares for her mother, Amanda. When Derek threatens to come between them, 10 year old Anya takes matters into her own hands in order to protect her home. 

UK | Anwar Boulifa | 15 min

Boy meets world.

UK| Brady Hood | 20 min

On a barren farm in rural England, a headstrong young girl fights to keep her fading Grandfather as the giant he once was, and in doing so becomes a giant herself.

Take Your Partners
UK | Siri Rodnes | 11 min

Ollie is no ordinary 8 year old boy, but nor will she ever be the girl convention expects of her.

Two Dollar Bill
USA | Hannah Marks | 13 min

Teenage roommates Greta and Harper are thrown into turmoil when Frankie visits on Halloween.

UK | Toa Stappard | 14 min

South London. It’s four in the morning.A man tries to save the one he loves.

Tickets are available from the Genesis website here.

Shorts: In Passing

Whether it’s grieving the passing of a loved one, mourning the loss of a bygone era, or even the disappointment of getting old, these films tackle the subject with humour, perspective and a strong dose of unsentimental grit.

Iran | Golnaz Jamsheed | 9 min

Avo tells the story of an Iranian Armenian boy who experiences the notion of death when his grandfather dies. Being neglected by the grown ups that surround him at the funeral, he finds a way to stay in touch with his grandfather from beyond the grave.

Fan Girl
UK | Kate Herron | 16 min

A group of super-fans break into the house of a faded 90s pop star.

UK | Rob Savage | 3 min

A short film about the grieving process starring Paul McGann.

UK| Matthew Hopper | 19 min

A deaf boxer must decide whether to give up the sport he loves in favour of an operation that could allow him to hear for the first time.

UK | Charlotte Wolf | 13 min

A grieving single mother and a lonely teenage boy are brought together under unusual circumstances.

Eye for an Eye
Germany | Steve Bache | 4 min

Frederick Baer spent over a decade on death row in Indiana State Prison. He is still waiting for his death penalty to be executed.

UK | Layke Anderson | 12 min

A young man meets the worn voice of a fading city under the dim lights of a London sex shop.

My Brief Eternity: Ar Awyr Le
UK | Clare Sturges | 13 min

My Brief Eternity: Ar Awyr Le tells the poignant, moving story of well-known Welsh artist Osi Rhys Osmond and the creation of his last work of art, ‘Self Portrait’.

Tickets are available on the Genesis website here.