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Doc n' Roll Festival  (1-18 November
to Nov 18

Doc n' Roll Festival (1-18 November

Various venues, 1-18 November
UK's music documentary festival is back. Passionate about independent film and music across all genres, Doc'n Roll provides the opportunity to watch great music documentaries as they were designed to be seen - on the big screen and at full volume. The fifth London edition will host world and UK premieres, accompanied by Q&As with directors and other key players across ten of the city's venues.

28 Premiere features + Q&As + music events across the following venues.

Barbican Cinemas: Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS, UK

Picturehouse Central: 20 - 24 Shaftesbury Ave, Piccadilly, London, W1D 7DH

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club: 47 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4HT

Ritzy Picturehouse: Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW2 1JG

Curzon Soho: 99 Shaftesbury Ave, W1D 5DY

Rio Cinema: 107 Kingsland High St, E8 2PB

Curzon Bloomsbury: Brunswick Center, Bloomsbury, WC1N 1AW 

Rich Mix Cinema: 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA

Genesis Cinema93-95 Mile End Rd, London E1 4UJ

The Castle Cinema: First Floor, 64 - 66 Brooksby's Walk, London E9 6DA

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London Korean Film Festival 2018 (1-14 November)
to Nov 14

London Korean Film Festival 2018 (1-14 November)

Various London venues 1-14 November

The London Korean Film Festival (LKFF) will run from 1- 14 November in London before taking highlights around the country with its annual UK Tour, the festival will feature an in-depth special focus entitled A Slice of Everyday Life, along with an exciting mix of UK and International premieres, guests and events across a diverse set of strands; Cinema Now, Women's Voices, Indie Firepower, Contemporary Classics, Artists Video, Animation and Shorts. 

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London East Asian Film Festival 2018 (25 October - 4 November)
to Nov 4

London East Asian Film Festival 2018 (25 October - 4 November)


LEAFF|Various venues| 25 Oct-4 Nov

The London East Asia Film Festival is back for the 3rd edition offering 11 days of an exciting and diverse programme with 60 titles from 13 countries in East and Southeast Asia. Tickets are now available for the Gala screenings.

The Festival opens on 25th October 2018 at Vue Leicester Square with the premiere screening of 'DARK FIGURE OF CRIME'; a Korean crime thriller where a cop and serial killer meet to solve a murder together…or is one of the duo being played? Director Kim Tae-gyun and Actor Kim Yoon-seok will be in attendance.

The closing gala film on 4th November at Vue Leicester Square will be something quite different: Eric Khoo’s Ramen Shop. Following the death of his father, Masato, a young ramen chef living in Japan, stumbles upon a box filled with memorabilia and old photos of his family leading him to the roots of where his family comes from and also the secrets of Singaporean cuisine.

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London Film Festival 2018 (10-21 October)
to Oct 21

London Film Festival 2018 (10-21 October)

 The Favourite plays LFF 2018

The Favourite plays LFF 2018

London Film Festival runs 10-21 October across London.

Member priority booking opens at 10:00 on Thu 06 Sep. Public: 13 September 10am.

Printed guide are available at the BFI and online as a guide pdf (28MB).

The Opening and Closing Night Galas at Embankment Garden Cinemas are subject to ballot. Enter online before midnight on Wed 12 Sep, book online here for other tickets.


The Smoke Screen has taken the weekend to digest, or try to digest, the hefty 2018 London Film Festival programme, which dropped on Thursday 30 August. The 62nd edition of the festival is as jam-packed as can be expected; 225 features, 46 documentaries, four animations, 18 archive restorations and seven artists’ moving image features. The programme also includes 160 short films, and 77 countries are represented across short film and features. A Headline Gala will be presented every night at Cineworld Leicester Square. Films in Official Competition are this year presented at Vue Leicester Square, with Strand Galas presented at the 800-seat Embankment Garden Cinema, with the BFI Southbank venue and other satellte venues around London taking part as usual, including venues in north London. If you are committed, you'll need to be prepared to do some travelling to catch screenings that aren't sold out at quieter venues.

Alongside the Galas, Special Presentations and films in Competition, the Festival will again split own the programming into sections; Love, Debate, Laugh, Dare, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Experimenta, Family and Create – which provide pathways for audiences to navigate the extensive programme. Whats new this year is that the winners in each competition strand- Official, First Feature, Short and Documentary- will be selected by hand-picked juries, and the winners will be revealed in front of a public audience on the evening of Saturday 20 October. Each winning film will be presented as a surprise screening in each category at Vue Leicester Square, preceded on stage by the presentation of the Festival’s official award, the bronze Star of London, in the presence of Artistic Director Tricia Tuttle, the President of the jury and the winning filmmaker. 

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Face to Face with German Talent Film Weekend (Regent's Street Cinema 22-23 September)
to Sep 23

Face to Face with German Talent Film Weekend (Regent's Street Cinema 22-23 September)


Tickets here.

For the first time, the Regent Street Cinema is partnering with German Films to bring you FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN TALENT: THE GERMAN FILM WEEKEND from 21-23 September 2018.

The programme of five German festival favourites (including two UK premieres) is curated by The Daily Telegraph’s film critic Tim Robey and will bring you face to face with some of the hottest talent from Germany, both in front of and behind the camera. Enjoy a weekend of exciting cinematic surprises – made in Germany.

Launched in 2016, the FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS campaign shines a spotlight on the most influential individuals currently working in the German film industry and represents just some of the many dynamic ‘faces’ of German filmmaking today.




For the first time, the Regent Street Cinema is partnering with German Films to bring you FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN TALENT: THE GERMAN FILM WEEKEND from 21-23 September 2018.

The programme of five German festival favourites (including two UK premieres) is curated by The Daily Telegraph’s film critic Tim Robey and will bring you face to face with some of the hottest talent from Germany, both in front of and behind the camera. Enjoy a weekend of exciting cinematic surprises – made in Germany.

Launched in 2016, the FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS campaign shines a spotlight on the most influential individuals currently working in the German film industry and represents just some of the many dynamic ‘faces’ of German filmmaking today.

Films include:

3 Days in Quiberon - September 21

24 Weeks - September 22

We Are Young. We Are Strong. - September 22

The Captain - September 23

Oh Boy - September 23

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Sundance London (31 May - 3 June)
to Jun 3

Sundance London (31 May - 3 June)

Picturehouse Central, 31 May-3 June

Tickets and information here

A curated selection of films from the American Sundance Film Festival, which runs in February of each year, arrives in London for what has now become a regular fixture at Picturehouse Central. Female filmmakers dominate the line-up this year, a reflection of the conversation going on in Hollywood and beyond. Highlights include panels of female filmmakers and a screening of the hit horror film Hereditary with a Q&A with star Toni Colette.

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London International Animation Festival
to Dec 11

London International Animation Festival

Friday December 2nd to Sunday December 11th .

LIAF festival pass here.

The 13th London International Animation Festival returns from Friday December 2nd to Sunday December 11th – 10 packed days and nights of animation: shorts and feature films from across the globe.

Check out the LIAF website at for the full programme.

The LIAF 2016: Opening Night Gala will be "The warped, wonderful and terrifying world of Chris Shepherd Q&A" on December 2, 2016 6:30 pm.

This year dozens of films will screen in official competition across several categories including 9 International Competition Programmes featuring the British ShowcaseInto The Dark scary shorts, and New Japanese Shorts - Beyond Anime
The 2016 short film competition showcases entries from a mix of Festival veterans and first-time competitors. Oscar nominees Koji Yamamura and Job, Joris and Marieke join LIAF favourites Igor Kovalyov, Theodore Ushev, Liz Hobbs, Phil Mulloy, Steven Subotnick, Vladimir Leschiov, Uri and Michelle Kranot, Priit Tender, Ulo Pikkov, Felix Massie, Tom Schroeder and Chris Shepherd as well as student work from all over the world.
There will also be 4 feature films playing, including Ann Marie Fleming’s Window HorsesThe Longing of Michael Dudok de Wit, the 1945 Anime film Momotaro-Sacred Sailors and another super-secret feature .

There will also be special guests and archive programmes, including a 35mm run of Disney Classics Shorts – from the  1930’s featuring fan-favourite characters Micky Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto.

Those who want to see only the cream of the crop are recommended to go for the Best of the Festival on Saturday December 10 (repeat screening Sunday December 11) featuring the best films of LIAF 2016 as chosen by the panel of industry judges and audience votes. 


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Irish Film Festival London (23-27 November)
to Nov 27

Irish Film Festival London (23-27 November)

Irish Film Festival London

23-27 November

Regent Street Cinema and Tricycle Cinema

The annual 5 day Irish film extravaganza returns to the capital this month
bringing you everything from the latest box office smash hit feature film The Young Offenders, to a short documentary about artist Seán Hillen Merging Views... and Billy O'Brien's cult hit I am Not a Serial Killer.

The opening night film screens at Regent Street Cinema on 23 November - the feature debut from director Darren Thornton; A Date for Mad Mary

Check out the full line-up HERE

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UK Film Festival 2016 (22-26 November)
to Nov 28

UK Film Festival 2016 (22-26 November)

Tickets available via Eventbrite –
BFI - Steven Street, Soho, 21 Stephen St, London W1T 1LN
Shortwave Cinema, Bermondsey, London SE1 3UN


The UK Film Festival aims to champion great films but in particular is seeking work from those filmmakers who might not yet have had the chance for a prestigious public screening of their work.Screening in the heart of London, teh UKF celebrates the cultural diversity of films made in the UK and welcomes films from all over the World.Within 5 years UKFF has established a tradition of promoting films that later have gone onto to be Oscar nominees and winners. One previous winner, Mat Kirkby’s Phone Call, went on to win the Oscar for best live-action short. In addition, the festival’s writing competition, in which the best script is made into a film, has also produced winners at the Berlin film festival two years in a row.  

The full programme is here and includes several short film and music video strands, as well as Stanley, A Man Of Variety starring Timothy Spall as 16 different characters, which closes the festival.


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UK International Jewish Film Festival 2016 (5-20 November at The Phoenix)
to Nov 20

UK International Jewish Film Festival 2016 (5-20 November at The Phoenix)

From 5 - 20 November 2016, the 20th edition of the
UK International Jewish Film Festival
will proudly showcase over 15 World, European and UK premieres of new feature dramas, documentaries and shorts at the Phoenix Cinema.

See full programme here.

The Kind Words
Saturday 5 November - 8:30pm

Keep Quiet + Q&A
Sunday 6 November - 5pm

One Week and a Day + Mordechai
Sunday 6 November - 8pm

A Queer Country + Q&A
Monday 7 November - 6:45pm

The Tenth Man
Monday 7 November - 9pm

The Last Laugh
+ Panel Discussion
Tuesday 8 November - 6:30pm

Our Father + Operator
Tuesday 8 November - 9pm

The New Man + Q&A
Wednesday 9 November - 6:45pm

Wednesday 9 November - 9pm

Moon In The 12th House + Q&A
Thursday 10 November - 6pm

Beyond The Mountains and Hills
 + Q&A
Thursday 10 November - 8:20pm

Germans and Jews
 + Panel Discussion
Sunday 13 November - 4pm

The People vs. Fritz Bauer
+ Q&A
Sunday 13 November - 6:30pm

Everything Is Copy
+ Hester Street
Sunday 20 November - 4pm

Mr Predictable
Sunday 20 November - 6pm

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24th French Film Festival  (3-10 November)
to Nov 10

24th French Film Festival (3-10 November)

24th French Film Festival 3 - 10 Nov
It’s that time of the year again, when French cinema is celebrated UK-wide and especially at Ciné Lumière in London (at Ciné Lumière from 3 to 10 November and nationwide until 7 December). 

Click here to access the full programme of the 24th French Film Festival at Ciné Lumière and check the main highlights below:

From the Land of the Moon 3 Nov
24th French Film Festival
In this handsomely crafted adaptation of Milena Agus’s novel, Marion Cotillard is Gabrielle, a sensual, independent-minded woman in an un-happy marriage, who is sent away to a cure in the Alps. There, she meets André (Louis Garrel), a dashing injured veteran of the Indochina war, who rekindles the passion buried in her.

Followed by a complimentary glass of wine courtesy of Sud de France

The First, the Last 4 Nov
24th French Film Festival
Elements of the western and the gothic thriller come together in this darkly absurd conceptual one-off. Cochise and Gilou, a pair of grizzled bounty hunters, have been hired by a wealthy stranger to obtain a phone that holds some critical information. Their search leads them to Esther and Willy, a homeless young couple.

Preceded by short film Le Repas dominical

The White Knights 4 Nov
24th French Film Festival
Led by Jacques (Vincent Lindon), an NGO is officially established to rescue orphans, but it soon becomes apparent that the organisation’s motives behind saving the orphans are not always altruistic. Provocative, disturbing yet hopeful, the film features standout performances and a gripping script.

A Journey Through French Cinema 5 Nov
24th French Film Festival
A must for film lovers, this documentary charts the history of French cinema from the 1930s to early 1970s. Delving into French classics and including interviews from Jean Renoir, Claude Sautet, Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle and François Truffaut, Bertrand Tavernier explores the films that inspired him.

Chocolat 5 Nov
24th French Film Festival
Chocolat relates the true story of the first black artist of the French stage (Omar Sy). From the circus to music halls, the duo he formed with the white clown Footit (James Thierrée) met a huge success in Belle Epoque Paris, before fame, gambling, money and discrimination wore out their friendship and Monsieur Chocolat’s career.

Preceded by short film Merci M. Imada

La Grande vadrouille 6 & 10 Nov
24th French Film Festival
One of the most popular French films in history, La Grande vadrouille, casts Bourvil and Louis De Funès, as two ordinary Frenchmen helping the crew of a Royal Air Force bomber shot down over Paris, make their way through German-occupied France. 

Cézanne and I 6 Nov
24th French Film Festival
This 19th century period drama charts the long friendship and eventual fallout between impressionist artist Paul Cézanne (Guillaume Galienne), who was born into a wealthy family but struggled to make a living as a painter, and Emile Zola (Guillaume Canet), who came from a modest family but achieved fame and prosperity as a politically-engaged novelist.

Un début prometteur 9 Nov
24th French Film Festival
Disenchanted with love and just out of rehab, Martin (Manu Payet) decides to stay at his father’s (Fabrice Luchini) for a few days. There he spends some time with his 16-year-old brother Gabriel and tries to put him off love.

+ Q&A with dir. Emma Luchini

Rosalie Blum 7 Nov
24th French Film Festival
Thirty-something Vincent Machot shares his life between his hair salon, his cousin, his cat and his very invasive mother. But one morning, he experiences a powerful déjà-vu when he meets the gaze of Rosalie Blum. Fully intrigued, he begins to follow her everywhere… Julien Rappeneau’s enchanting directorial debut is a warm, witty and impeccably performed dramedy.

+ Q&A with director Julien Rappeneau

Souvenir 7 Nov
24th French Film Festival
Isabelle Huppert stars as a middle-aged factory worker whose long-ago brush with fame comes to the fore again when she begins a romance with a young aspiring boxer. Souvenir benefits from the refreshing presence of Kévin Azaïs alongside an Isabelle Huppert willing to challenge, explore and expand her artistry.

The Red Turtle 10 Nov
24th French Film Festival
Through the story of a shipwrecked sailor on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, The Red Turtle evokes the main stages of the life of a human being, paradoxically struck by isolation and freedom. Presented in Cannes, it is the first international co-production for famed Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli.

+ Q&A with dir. Michael Dudok de Wit

Slack Bay 10 Nov
24th French Film Festival
Summer 1910 in the North of France some mysterious disappearances have thrown the region into turmoil and the infamous Inspector Machin and his shrewd assistant Malfoy carry out an investigation. Presented in Cannes this year, Bruno Dumont’s latest film is an exhilarating, absurdist comedy with a first class French cast.

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London Korean Film Festival 2016 (3-27 November)
to Nov 27

London Korean Film Festival 2016 (3-27 November)

 Seoul Station, playing in the LKFF Hits strand

Seoul Station, playing in the LKFF Hits strand

Various London Cinemas, see LKFF website for details.

The London Korean Film Festival returns, opening on 3 November with Lee Kyoung-mi 's political thriller The Truth Beneath. This year the festival aims to highlight the contribution of female talent to Koren cinema too, with SPECIAL FOCUS: The Lives of Korean Women through the Eyes of Women Directors . With awareness of the conversation about the under-representation of women in filmmaking in mind, and with a new vision for a new decade, the LKFF is looking towards the future as they present a special strand showcasing fiction features from a feminine point of view. 

Other strands at LKFF include:

HITS FROM 2015/16

Korean cinemagoers have been spoilt for choice this year with a wide and varied selection of films storming into local theatres and breaking box-office records. With the Hits strand LKFF brings the best of these features to the UK. From historical dramas to police procedurals, political thrillers to undead action, catch all the action from some of the country’s biggest directors and stars in the movies that have made for a fantastic 2016.


In a decade spanning career, screen veteran Baek Yoon-sik has come to become one of Korea's best known stars.


Asian cinema expert Tony Rayns returns with another selection of undiscovered gems of Korean indie cinema being presented to UK audiences for the very rest time. 


For their Classics Revisited strand LKFF bring together three films by the influential and rebellious filmmaker Lee Chang-ho, co-founder of the Young Sung Shi Dae (Visual Age) group – a collection of like-minded Korean artists who sought to creatively push the boundaries of cinema, following the example set by the British Free Cinema and French Nouvelle Vague movements.


There’s epic adventure from an award-winning animator for fans of the genre and families to enjoy, while parents looking to have a first cinema-experience with their little ones can experience the most popular children’s show in Korea up on the big screen.

DOCUMENTARY with Essay Film Festival

Following last year's edition of the new strand dedicated to historical and contemporary documentary filmmaking in South Korea, the LKFF continues its collaboration with the Essay Film Festival to offer a space for the audience to discover original and engaging films displaying a wide breadth of social and cultural issues. 


Animation, historical epic, low-fi drama, sci-fi, action and thriller: all the bases are covered in this eclectic collection of short films fresh from Korea’s prestigious Mise-en-Scène Short Film Festival (MSSF).


The LKFF's new artist's film and video strand continues to focus on significant artist's work from Korea, proposing a survey through three decades of work by video artist Seoungho Cho. Also included is a screening of artist and filmmaker Soa Sung-a Yoon's first feature-length documentary – a deeply personal and ambitious family travelogue that doubles as a clinical examination of society and culture in Korea.

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Cinephilia Film fest 2016 (Oct 29)
6:30 PM18:30

Cinephilia Film fest 2016 (Oct 29)

Cinephilia Film Fest 2016 is where filmmakers from around the world create short films that are inspired by classic cinema. With the help of jury members from Shooting People, VIMEO, Imaginarium Studios, Little White Lies and Cinema Jam,  the top 11 shorts are chosen for the final face-off. The films are inspired by the classics The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,Taxi Driver, Halloween, Cleopatra, Frankenstein, All About Eve, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, Sunset Boulevard, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and more.
Join over 150+ cinephiles in watching these shorts at Hackney Showroom this Saturday 29 October. Ticket holders also receive a free drink, access to an exclusive exhibition sponsored by Jackson’s Art Supplies, goodies from our partners and go in the running to win prizes.
Full details and tickets available at the Hackney Showroom website here.

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London East Asian Film Festival (20-30 Oct)
to Oct 30

London East Asian Film Festival (20-30 Oct)

The London East Asia Film Festival celebrates its official first edition this month, running 20th – 30th October 2016, offering a diverse selection of films and guests, including visits from Park Chan-wook, Kim Jee-woon and others. There will be new releases, but also yesterday's classics, including a Park Chan-wook retrospective. Tickets are now on sale over at their website, with full details of the exciting programme. 

The festival opens with  at Leicester Square Odeon, 19:30 on 20th October with the UK premiere of spy thriller THE AGE OF SHADOWS directed by acclaimed South Korean director Kim Jee-woon (I Saw the Devil).

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London Film Festival 2016 (Wednesday 5 October-Sunday 16 October 2016.)
to Oct 16

London Film Festival 2016 (Wednesday 5 October-Sunday 16 October 2016.)

Has it come around again already? London's premiere film festival - the BFI London Film Festival - will run Wednesday 5 October to Sunday 16 October. The festival opens with Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom, the true story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1947 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. The European premiere of the film, which stars David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, will be on Wednesday 5 October at the Odeon Leicester Square, attended by cast and filmmakers with Asante, David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike expected on the red carpet. There will be a live cinecast from the London event and simultaneous screenings taking place at cinemas across the UK.A United Kingdom is directed by Asante (Belle) from a screenplay by Guy Hibbert (Eye in the Sky), based on the book Colour Bar by Susan Williams.  

 A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom

Closing the festival is a gala screening of Free Fire - Ben Wheatley (High-Rise, Sightseers) returns with this all-guns-blazing bullet opera, starring Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer.

Interestingly, the festival's competition line up will include a Japanese animated film for the first time, as Makoto Shinkai's (The Garden of Words, Journey to Agartha, 5 Centimeters per Second and The Place Promised in Our Early Days) animated body-swapping drama Your Name is booked to play, having had big box office success in its home country.

 Free Fire

Free Fire

This LFF will also continue with the LFF Connects series of talks and interviews, bringing in talent from various media industries to discuss their work in front of audiences. The Dark Knight and Inception director Christopher Nolan was the premiere guest at last year's LFF talks. This year sees eight-time Oscar-winner Dennis Muren, the effects master responsible for so many iconic effects in the history of cinema including the original Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, joining the LFF Connects line up. Joining Muren will be David Vickery and Kevin Jenkins from the two-year-old Industrial Light and Magic VFX London studio. Also booked are Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones, co-creators of the hit dystopian sci-fi TV series, Black Mirror.

The 60th BFI London Film Festival takes place from Wednesday 5 October-Sunday 16 October 2016. The full Festival programme will be announced on Thursday 1 September 2016 and published online:

Festival Information & Ticket Booking about LFF 2016

BFI Members’ priority booking opens 10.00am, 8 September - join at 

Public booking opens 10.00am, 15 September

Telephone Bookings: 020 7928 3232 between 10:00 – 20:30


In person: BFI Southbank Office: 11:00 – 20:30

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Cinephilia Film Fest Everyman screenings of All About Eve and Sunset Boulevard (4-5 October)
6:00 PM18:00

Cinephilia Film Fest Everyman screenings of All About Eve and Sunset Boulevard (4-5 October)

Cinephilia Film Fest (CFF) is a celebration of the greatest films of the 20th Century, and Everyman are hosting two of their screenings at Screen on the Green : All About Eve and Sunset Boulevardunmissable tales of fame, stardom and betrayal with a special focus on the role of women.


 All About Eve. Tuesday 4th October 6.30pm at  SCREEN ON THE GREEN

Sunset Boulevard, Wednesday 5th October, 6.30pm at SCREEN ON THE GREEN



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Discover Short Film Awards Festival at The Phoenix Cinema (Weekend of 1-2 Oct)
to Oct 2

Discover Short Film Awards Festival at The Phoenix Cinema (Weekend of 1-2 Oct)

Voted as one of the top 100 film festivals in the world by filmmakers on FilmFreeway (voting on over 4,000 festivals), The Discover Short Film Awards and Festival takes place with public cinema screenings at the Phoenix Cinema (52 High Rd, London N2 9PJ) one of the oldest cinemas in the UK – on the 1st and 2nd October. It’s patrons include Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Michael Palin and Mark Kermode. There are also online screenings for longer short films that many film festival won’t screen because of run-time (or subject matter) and exclusive networking events that bring together investors, distributors, film producers and media professionals including an awards ceremony on 2nd October at Stephens House & Gardens (17 East End Road, Finchley, London N3 3QE)

Screening Schedule, Saturday October 1st, 2016

Session 1: 2.30 pm – 4.20 pm

Damnation: The Flashback
In the swinging Appalachian town of Damnation, when the local mortician dies in the arms of ‘the other woman’, his widow enacts a simple but satisfying revenge.

Alone in an underground facility deep below the mountains, a tired researcher performs endless tests on Eddie, his desperate, mute test subject.

Far Away to Ambon
A glimpse into a hidden watery world.

Final Round
A satirical take on how hard it is to get a bloody job in media. From YouTube ‘phenomenon’ Matt Lacey.

Penny from Heaven
Penny is dead. She can’t remember how it happened. All she does know is that she must save the souls of 1000 people before she can get her wings and become an angel. With Niamh McGrady, Sunetra Sarker, Mark Letheren and Derek Thompson.

A sullen recluse learns of a potential pandemic sweeping the nation and is advised not to leave his home. When he realises his supply of tea is non-existent, he must brave the outside.

Rush Call Clown
How a social media post can turn a man’s life upside down.

Two sisters with nothing in common have only one night to come to terms with something that happened in their past.

Urban Audio Spectrum
An audio visualization through manipulation and animation of everyday landscapes.

Whiskey Sour
A career hitman is cosmically outmatched by his next mark.

Session 2: 4.30 pm – 6.20 pm

Cuckold Picasso
Pablo Picasso’s ‘1971 Harlequin Head’, thought forever lost in a Romanian fire, is found vividly alive in the disturbed psyche of a tortured man’s soul.

Jes and Lora
Jes just wants to borrow a can of gas for his stranded car, but farm girl Lora wants to find out more about the stranger. The two troubled souls form an unexpected bond while revealing dark secrets on a lonely trail.

Laura, Lost
Two friends enter an eerie forest to rescue a girl they suspect has been abducted by a sinister woodsman.

Meat on Bones
A tale of strife and self discovery between a man of self imposed isolation and another content in purposeless comfort.

Notorious Corn
It’s the story of a small grain of corn that dreamed about glory.

She knew he would find her. It was just a matter of time. Many people had told her that one day, he would come.

So close but yet so far from home…

The Chop
A charismatic young kosher butcher Yossi loses his job and, failing to find a new one, he decides to disguise himself as Yusuf in order to get work at a Halal butchers. Can he put on a convincing performance and keep his Jewish identity intact?

The Lift
A chance encounter between two strangers (Anita Dobson and Mark Letheren) in a lift is more than it appears to be.

The Palm Reader
A women seeks solace from a palm reader on her birthday.

Screening Schedule, Sunday October 2nd, 2016

Session 3: 1.00 pm – 2.50 pm

A Magician
After witnessing a man behave violently towards his girlfriend, someone decides to intervene.

A Man and His Violin
A documentary about a talented homeless violinist who lives and perform in Montreal’s subway station.

As My Heart Beats
A man, a woman. Two existences escaping one another, and getting lost in the dissension of bodies, hearts, voices.

Miss Su, a Korean woman living in New York City, finds her reconnecting with people by selling her services as a ‘mother’ as she copes with a significant loss in her life. After a fall out with one of her longest clients, she’s forced to confront her past mistakes.

Cocaine and Cormorants
Humble birdwatcher Gilbert is relaxing in his favourite bird hide when – bang – he’s suddenly and unwittingly in the middle of an international drug smuggling operation.

A new craze is taking over the streets of London. With fights, street deals and territorial warfare growing ever more dangerous, it won’t be long until it’s out of control.

Friends On A Bench: A Relationship in Six Acts
Two uncomplicated best friends live for their daily lunches in the park until a smooth talking gentlemen slinks into the picture complicating their comfy friendship.

The Scared One
From his window, a child watches his father placing a scarecrow in the garden. During the night, the child can’t sleep and goes back to the window: the scarecrow is not here anymore. At the same time he hears creepy noises coming from the house…

Under The Bed
An unsettling twist on the story of the monster under the bed.

Session 4: 3.00 pm – 4.50 pm

Bedtime Story
Inspired by world events regarding wildlife conservation.

Blind Eyes
A short animation about sexual identity and personal chaos.

Joanna (Sarah Parish) is selling her country home, Steven (Robert Emms) is a prospective buyer. What should be a simple viewing becomes something else entirely…

Lazy Boy
When Ray brings home a new purchase his girlfriend is not impressed. Banished to the garage he soon realizes the old La-Z-Boy recliner he bought home is in fact a one-minute time machine. Will Ray learn from his mistakes or is he destined to repeat them forever?

A long, lost, desolate highway. Three people who are connected in ways that they cannot begin to comprehend. This is an unending fight for survival. This is mankind’s futility. This is Perdition.

An intimate portrait of a young stabbing victim in South London.

The Dishwasher

A story about a dishwasher who dreamed of something more, and the prostitute who helped him.

The King
An ambitious kid sets up his first drug deal, but his plans are derailed by a chance encounter with a storytelling stranger in a launderette.

The Last Laugh
The Last Laugh: Three legendary comedians, one very unusual dressing room!

What Next?
Black Comedy about an emergency 911 operator helping a caller in distress… or at least she thinks she’s helping…

Online Screenings, Sunday September 25th -October 2nd, 2016

The following films will be screened online:


A highly charged Iranian thriller seen through the sights of a sniper.

Illegal Move
In a fantastical world where chess pieces are at war, an honourable White Knight must save his King from his long lost lover, the Red Queen.

Times may have changed, but Carl’s attitude hasn’t. He was always a man of action and still is. After three years sleeping on a little mattress in his garage, he decides to take matters back into his own hands.

Le Risque Zero

A baby is communicating with his parents from inside his mother’s belly and starts to negotiate his forthcoming birth. Naturally, the baby decides to hire a notorious lawyer…

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London Spanish Film Festival  (22 - 29 Sept)
to Sep 29

London Spanish Film Festival (22 - 29 Sept)

London Spanish Film Festival 

The the 12th edition of the London Spanish Film Festival returns to the Insitute Francaise Cine Lumiere and the Regent Street Cinema.

From enigmatic thrillers to fresh comedies, from moving dramas to international co-productions, documentaries and promising shorts, this year’s line-up offers an insight into the compelling variety of Spanish cinema.
 Click here for the full programme.

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Raindance Film Festival 2016 (21 Sep-2 Oct)
to Oct 2

Raindance Film Festival 2016 (21 Sep-2 Oct)

London's premiere indie film festival kicks off on 21 September, with opening film Problemski from director Manu Riche.

In Problemski, a cross-frontier migrant’s life ‘within the system’ becomes even bleaker in December. Bipul doesn’t want to admit it, but the arrival of Lidia, a Russian girl makes a difference. Hope? Surely not! A future? Get real! December is also the ninth month of Martina’s pregnancy. But, just when the situation seems hopeless, help is at hand.

The gala opening film will take place on the 21st of September at Picturehouse Central. Director Manu Richie will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.

See for more information.


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Frightfest 2016 (25th -29th August 2016 at The Vue Cinema)
to Aug 29

Frightfest 2016 (25th -29th August 2016 at The Vue Cinema)

Horror Channel FrightFest runs from 25th -29th August 2016 at The Vue Cinema, Shepherds Bush, London W12.

Single tickets go on sale Sat 23 July at noon and, alongside the few remaining Festival and day pass sales are available to buy online:

For full programme details amd timetables go to:

Though it's hard to imagine anything could match the horror of the last few days in British politics, you can count on Frightfest, London's premier horror festival, to give it a fair go.

The opening night attraction is the European Premiere of MY FATHER DIE, Sean Brosnan’s feature debut – an "ultra-stylish, uber violent revenge thriller that’s a calling card for Brosnan’s brilliant talents." The closing night film is the UK Premiere of TRAIN TO BUSAN, a film that apparently could be called "The Commuting Dead’, from director Sang-ho Yeon.

FrightFest 2016 will also be hosting a six-pack of special master classes, demonstrations and panel discussions looking at what’s happening in the horror & fantasy genre today. Hosted by media partner Screen International, there will be a panel discussion on the future of the UK Horror Film Industry, followed by the announcement of the winner of the inaugural ‘Screen International Horror rising star award’ celebrating the work of an emerging genre talent. Expect special guest appearances by cast and crew at many screenings too.

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Argentine Film Festival London - 18th-21st August.
to Aug 21

Argentine Film Festival London - 18th-21st August.

The Argentine Film Festival returns to London this 18th-21st August for a special summer edition celebrating its fifth anniversary! 

This year the Argentine Film Festival will open its fifth edition with Pablo Trapero’s THE CLAN (El Clan), a true-crime story of the seemingly respectable Puccio family in Argentina who in the early 1980s ran a lucrative family business kidnapping their wealthy neighbours for ransom. 

THE CLAN will receive its London premiere on Thursday 18th August at Curzon Soho and will be attended by director Pablo Trapero. 

THE CLAN is one of eight features to be screened at this year’s festival, which will run from 18th-21st August across four London venues: Curzon Soho, Curzon Bloomsbury, Picturehouse Central and the Ritzy.  

Check out the full programme here:

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Phoenix Cinema Presents: Silent Film Festival (15-17 July)
to Jul 17

Phoenix Cinema Presents: Silent Film Festival (15-17 July)

Over the course of three days, The Phoenix Cinema in North London will be holding an exciting silent film festival, screening a series of acclaimed films from the silent era. Of the titles chosen are renowned director F.W. Murnau’s masterpiece Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, comedy legend Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill Jr. followed by the fashionable flapper film Why Be Good?starring the delightful Colleen Moore, and East is East – an early British film that celebrates its centenary this year.
 Other activities will include live piano accompaniment from the likes of Neil Brand, flapper fashion and entertainment, as well as a special Sunday community function.

Friday 15th July
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
Introduced by Pamela Hutchinson of Silent London

Saturday 16th July
Kids Club: Buster Keaton - Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)
With Neil Brand

Why be Good? (1929)
With a live flapper performance
Sunday 17th July
London on Film (Archive Selection)
Presented by Ian Christie

East is East (1916)
A community event, including shorts with Master of Ceremonies Gerry Turvey

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Duke Mitchell Film Club Presents: DUKEFEST THE THIRD (26-29 June)
to Jun 29

Duke Mitchell Film Club Presents: DUKEFEST THE THIRD (26-29 June)

The Duke Mitchell Film Club, the purveyors of ridiculous and rare cinema treats, preferably shown from celluloid or even VHS if possible, are back for their 3rd multi-day festival. Treats include a VHS found footage night, a homemade Satanic cult video warning special, and doc 20 Years of Madness, which explores what happened when the founder of a bizarre mid-90s Public Access TV show in Detroit reunited the down-on-their-luck cast after 20 years to make a new episode.

Full details below:

When: Sunday 26 June – Wednesday 29 June, 2016
Where: The Prince Charles Cinema & PimpShuei

Sunday 26 June
8.45PM | 20 Years of Madness | Opening Night| The Prince Charles Cinema

Monday 27 June
7.00PM | Enter The World Of Mr Cosmic | Free Entry | PimpShuei
8.00PM | How to Survive a Satanic Cult | Free Entry | PimpShuei

Tuesday 28 June
7.00PM | The Found Footage Guide To Life | Free Entry | PimpShuei
8.00PM | The Great VHS Experiment Part IV: Found Footage Edition | Free Entry | PimpShuei

Wednesday 29 June
9.00PM | The 35mm Trailer Party  | Closing Night| The Prince Charles Cinema

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East End Film Festival 2016 (June 23- July 3)
to Jul 3

East End Film Festival 2016 (June 23- July 3)



Founded in 2000, the East End Film Festival is one of the UK’s largest film festivals. An annual multi-platform festival held in London, the EEFF presents a rich and diverse programme of international premieres, industry masterclasses, free pop-up screenings and immersive live events. The annual EEFF showcases more than fifty feature film screenings, several short film programmes, and a variety of cross-arts events and industry activities across the festival. It also gives due attention in the programme to London filmmakers and talent.

This year's festival kicks off on June 23 with a launch party and gala screening of London-centric thriller Alleycats, from  London-based filmmaker Ian Bonhotethat. A romp through the streets of London from the seat of a bicycle, bike courier Chris witnesses what looks like a murder, and his first instinct is to cut and run. But when his curiosity draws him back in, he’s soon embroiled in a world of corruption, political power, and illegal bike racing.

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Open City Doc Fest 2016 (21-26 June)
to Jun 26

Open City Doc Fest 2016 (21-26 June)

London's premiere documentary festival returns with a packed line up of premieres and retrospectives, Q&As and workshops.

Opening the festival will be Tadhg O'Sullivan's The Great Wall, a poetic exploration of one of the great themes of our times: mass migration and the refugee crisis. 

Ognjen Glavonic's documentary thriller about the NATO war on Slobodan Milošević's dictatorship,  Depth Two, closes the festival out.

There will also be a strand focusing specifically on the works of American documentarians  Bill and Turner Ross', with their Americana trilogy - 45365, Tchoupiitoulas and Western all being screened.

You can browse all of this year's programme if you visit the festival website. Tickets for all screenings and events will be available to book shortly with some already available now.

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Shortest Nights 16 (June 19)
12:30 PM12:30

Shortest Nights 16 (June 19)

Returning June 19th, Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick. 12pm on - Tickets here.


Short Sighted Cinema's midsummer celebration 'The Shortest Nights' returns on June 19th with 6 new cutting-edge programmes featuring the work of emerging British filmmakers. 

See films that explore identity across cultural differences in ‘WITHOUT BORDERS’, take on the truth in a world where everyone talks sh*t in ‘TRUTH & B*LLOCKS’, journey into hidden depths and unlikely connections of the city in ‘THIS IS URBAN’, see young minds evolve with wit and grit in ‘NO FAIRYTALES HERE: CHILDHOOD IN FLUX’, feel the strength of human connection in our sci-fi special ‘STILL HUMAN’ and end the night with a hearty helping of adult comedies and thrillers in ‘DARK & TWISTED’.

Early bird tickets (pre-programme release, Mon 30th) are now on sale - grab your day pass and see all 6 programmes for the cost of 5, or book individual tickets.

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Sundance London (Picturehouse Central, 2-5 June)
to Jun 5

Sundance London (Picturehouse Central, 2-5 June)

After a year away, and having clearly decided the East London O2 wasn't working out as a venue for a major film festival (maybe due to the fact that it really can't be called a centrally-located spot) Sundance London is back for 2016. Sundance London isn't a replay of the more famous and bigger US indie film festival, more a culled selection of highlights. This time the Sundance team are making use of the conveniently central and newly-ready Picturehouse Central space to host the entire festival.

Sadly, when it comes to what films made it over, there are a couple of notable absences, including The Birth of a Nation, Nate Parker’s film about the Nat Turner slave revolt, bought by Fox Searchlight for a record  $17.5 million after it won the Grand Jury Prize.

Highlights include:

Life, Animated (Director: Roger Ross Williams).

Awards its already picked up: Winner of the Directing Award: U.S. Documentary

Owen Suskind, an autistic boy who could not speak for years, slowly emerged from his isolation by immersing himself in Disney animated movies. Using these films as a roadmap, he reconnects with his loving family and the wider world in this emotional coming-of-age story. (Documentary)

Morris From America (Director: Chad Hartigan.)

Awards its already picked up:  Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic; U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance (Craig Robinson)

Thirteen-year-old Morris, a hip-hop loving American, moves to Heidelberg, Germany, with his father. In this completely foreign land, he falls in love with a local girl, befriends his German tutor-turned- confidant, and attempts to navigate the unique trials and tribulations of adolescence.

Weiner (Directors: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg.)

Awards its already picked up:  Winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary

With unrestricted access to Anthony Weiner’s New York City mayoral campaign, this film reveals the human story behind the scenes of a high-profile political scandal as it unfolds, and it offers an unfiltered look at how much today’s politics are driven by an appetite for spectacle. (Documentary)

Register for Festival and VIP Passes today. Priority booking for Picturehouse Members opens on Friday 6 May and general sales open on Monday 9 May. Visit for more information. 

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A Young Patriot (Chinese Visual Festival, 18 May) at Bertha DocHouse
1:30 PM13:30

A Young Patriot (Chinese Visual Festival, 18 May) at Bertha DocHouse

Date: WED 18 MAY, 2016

Time: 18:20 Price: £9 (£7 CONCESSIONS)

Screening as part of the 2016 Chinese Visual Festival, which runs 11th - 20th May in London


A Young Patriot is a documentary about a post-90s young man Xiao Zhao. The film follows the protagonist Xiao Zhao's life experience, from a 19-year-old boy waving flag and shouting slogan " Long live China! Go China!" on the street of Pingyao ancient town in Shanxi province, to a college student in Chengdu of Sichuan province, and as a volunteer teaching in Liangshan Yi autonomous region. It records Xiao Zhao's emotional and ideological change during the four years starting from his senior high school to his sophomore year, and meanwhile witnesses and presents the restlessness and disturbance the Chinese society is currently undergoing.


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Barbican Film May 2016 highlights
to May 31

Barbican Film May 2016 highlights

See Barbican Film site for tickets and full details.

Green Film Festival

Sun 1 - Sat 7 May Cinema 3

The UK Green Film Festival brings a stunning programme of titles from around the world, exploring issues ranging from the rights of local communities to global concerns such as climate change, energy and pollution. 

Opening Gala: Racing Extinction

Sun 1 May 3pm Cinema 3

(USA /China/Hong Kong /Indonesia/Mexico/UK 2015 Dir Louie Psihoyos 90 min) 

Oscar®-winning director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) assembles a team of artists and activists on an undercover operation to expose the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them. Spanning the globe to infiltrate the world’s most dangerous black markets, Racing Extinction reveals never-before seen images that truly change the way we see the world.

The Great Invisible

Tue 3 May 6.30pm Cinema 3

(US 2014 Dir Margaret Brown 92 min)

On April 20, 2010, communities throughout the Gulf Coast of the United States were devastated by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, a state-of-the-art, offshore oil-drilling rig operated by BP in the Gulf of Mexico. In this thought-provoking new documentary, Peabody Award-winning documentarian Margaret Brown travels to small towns and major cities in Alabama, Louisiana and Texas to explore the fallout of the disaster on the people of the region. 

The Shore Break

Wed 4 May 6.30pm Cinema 3

(South Africa 2014 Dir Ryley Grunenwald 90 min)

Two cousins from South Africa’s Wild Coast have opposing plans to develop their land. Nonhle wants to develop eco-tourism in order to protect her community’s homes, farms, graves and traditional lifestyle while Madiba is planning a titanium mine and national tolled highway. Meanwhile, their King and Queen, who oppose the mine and highway, are deposed by the South African Government.

The Messenger

Sat 7 May 2pm Cinema 3

(Canada/France/Costa Rica/Germany/Netherlands/Turkey/USA 2015 Dir Su Rynard 89 min)

The Messenger, a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Su Rynard (Dream Machine, Kardia) chronicles the struggle of songbirds worldwide to survive in turbulent environmental conditions brought about by humans and argues that their demise could signify the crash of the ecosystems globally, akin to the disappearance of honey bees and the melting of the glaciers. 

Snapshots of London: As Captured by International Filmmakers

Explore London, as seen through the lenses of international film directors in the 1960’s and ‘70s. Featuring François Truffaut’s stunning 1966 adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 and Horace Ové’s landmark feature Pressure

Pressure (12A) 

Thu 5 May 6.30pm Cinema 2

(1975 Dir. Horace Ové 125 min)

Set in Notting Hill, Horace Ové’s landmark film follows three generations of a Trinidadian family in Britain.  

Followed by Screen Talk with Film Producer Rob Buckler and in the presence of director Horace Ové.

Blow Up (15)

Sun 8 May 4.00pm Cinema 2

(1966 Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni 111 min)

Vanessa Redgrave, David Hemmings and Sarah Miles star in Antonioni's exhilarating and enigmatic tale about a London fashion photographer who stumbles upon evidence of murder.

Repulsion (18)

Sun 15 May 4.00pm Cinema 2

(1965 Dir. Roman Polanski 104 min)

Polanski's first major film outside Poland is set in South Kensington, and stars Catherine Deneuve. A classic psychological thriller about a quiet, shy manicurist who retreats into a murderous fantasy world. Polanski's surreal vision becomes all too real in this powerful study of alienation. 

Fahrenheit 451 (PG)

Sun 22 May 4.00pm Cinema 2

(1966 Dir. François Truffaut 112 min)

François Truffaut adapted Ray Bradbury's novel about a futuristic society in which books have been banned. Fahrenheit 451 boasts superb performances from Julie Christie and Cyril Cusack, stunning photography by Nicolas Roeg, and a beguiling score by Bernard Herrmann. 

British Sounds (15)

Sun 29 May 4.00pm Cinema 2

(1969   Dir. Jean-Luc Godard   52 mins)

Commissioned in 1968 by London Weekend Television, Godard's exploration of Ford workers at Dagenham and students at Essex University was seen as too radical and never transmitted.

+ Sympathy For The Devil (aka 'One Plus One') (15)

(1968 Dir. Jean-Luc Godard 99 min)

Exploring the themes of construction (the Rolling Stones rehearsing the song 'Sympathy for the Devil') and destruction (the suicide of a revolutionary), Godard's film surrounds a triangular love affair between a young French woman, a right-wing Texan and a militant African-American. 

ee more on Barbican Regular strands here.

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