Every year since 2000 the East End Film Festival has sourced and screened the best in innovative and pioneering cinema from both local and international filmmakers – and this year proves no different. The festival’s jam-packed programme includes more than seventy feature-length films, including the London premiere of Justin Edgar’s ‘We Are The Freaks’ – a raw and punchy drama about youth, hopelessness and rebellion and the world premiere of British filmmaker Mitch Panayis’ first full length film ‘We Ain’t Stupid’ set in Queen’s Market. In amongst the longer productions there are also several collections of shorts, such as the insightful and honest set of 5-15 minute films that make up ‘The Truth Don’t Hurt’.
Not everything taking place in the festival is pure film watching though. There are industry classes to help upcoming filmmakers with important skills such as making the leap from short to full length feature. Alternative filmmaking events such as Emerge, an afternoon full of talks, interactive installations and screenings will explore the future of filmmaking with the use of new and developing technology and will also be taking place during the festival. The diversity of genres, topics and techniques on display at this festival is just incredible. Whether you’re interested in making films, or just watching them, they’ll be no shortage of talent for you to admire here. (Words: Nori Bell-Bhuiyan) On from 25th June – 10th July. For more information visit: www.eastendfilmfestival.com