Film London alumni headline East End Film Festival
Date posted: 25.05.2017
The East End Film Festival comes to town again next month! Running from Friday 2 June to Sunday 2 July, we are pleased to see so many Film London alumni in the exciting 2017 line-up.
Now in its 18th year, EEFF is one of the UK’s largest film festivals, with over 30,000 attendees each year. Famous for championing work from new and emerging independent filmmakers from both the UK and overseas, screenings will be taking place in venues around East London.
Opening the festival is EEFF headline film Butterfly Kisses, which went through our Microwave development scheme in 2015/16 and is lauded by EEFF as being “a milestone piece of British drama, announcing a potent new directorial voice.” Filmed in London in an atmospheric monochrome that echoes the disturbing subject matter, Rafael Kapelinski’s debut feature examines three teenagers driven by unusual, taboo and dangerous sexual desires.
Jules Bishop, who made Borrowed Time through Microwave, will have the world premiere of his second feature, Besides These Walls, at the festival. The film is an experimental and meditative look at a man musing over his life in the course of one night, and was shot entirely in East London.
Other festival feature films that have benefitted from Film London schemes are Chubby Funny, which went through Build Your Audience in 2016 and recently screened at LOCO London Comedy Film Festival, and Gholam, which went through the Micro Market strand of our Production Finance Market last year.
We like short shorts
The shorts selection is particularly exciting this year, with numerous London Calling shorts and filmmakers included in the various strands. Look out for London Calling films Rink in Cutting East’s free programme, which explores and celebrates the vibrancy of UK youth; Oysters in the Memento strand; We Love Moses in the Secrets & Lies strand; and Sticky in the Love strand.
Also screening in the shorts programme is Sunday Morning Coming Down by current London Calling filmmaker Harry Lighton, and Abandon by newly commissioned Microwave director Georgia Parris. Abandon was the forerunner to her Microwave film Mari, and offers an exclusive opportunity to see a glimpse of what to expect from the feature film.