Today: February 29, 2024

Free Film Events

Pre holiday, post holiday, wherever you stand on fleeing this miserable climate your wallet’s going to feel the pressure.

Pre holiday, post
holiday, wherever you stand on fleeing this miserable climate your wallet’s
going to feel the pressure.
If you’re living in or popping over to London
over the coming months, fear not as a string of events are aiming to fulfil
your movie needs without draining your funds.

September time and the good people at The Scoop are flinging open their doors for a selection of free
screenings on their giant open air screen. Letting people in on a first come
first serve basis, the river front amphitheatre is showing a glorious selection
of contemporary and vintage classics, from Midnight
in Paris
(Main Picture) to West Side Story on
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for three weeks. Find out more about the
event HERE

Around the same time you’ll find a whole festival of free film
for the 2012 Peckham and Nunhead Film
. Expect free screenings, even more outdoor cinema, bike-powered
events, children’s films and filmmaking workshops at this annual affair which
won’t cost you a penny.

The festival is in its planning stages at the moment, but
based on last year’s pictures (HERE) expect a thoroughly lovely to do.

An established name in free flicks, the Portobello Film Festival has been the UK’s biggest independent film
competition since 1996. The organisation is currently taking submissions for
its 2012 programme, which is yet to be announced in full, and you can submit
your work HERE

Last year’s festival held an impressive number of showcases
over its two week stretch, including Animation Station, Europe in Meltdown and
the Caribbean Film Corner. The team also offer work experience in events
management and organise community events outside of the festival.

Fancy some BUFF stuff this autumn? The British Urban Film Festival returns for its 7th year as
a free showcase of inner city filmmaking and is taking submissions until the
end of June. Last year’s line up included UK premieres, award winning
documentaries as well as feature length and short installations from
independent British producers, directors and actors. Head over to the festival
homepage HERE
to watch some of the festival’s product, including Shoaib Vali’s Scratch about three men’s violent fate, a real life
look at street sweeper’s in the aptly name Sweep
by Harold Chapman and the lighter Door to Door by Ida Akesson.

And finally from October onwards find a whole host of things
to do as part of the Reel History London
, a free series of films aiming to celebrate the capital’s heritage
from as early as the 1900s. Learn more about your local areas from Notting Hill
to Covent Garden as a string of archive footage will be accompanied by a
historian’s insights at the Birkbeck Cinema, attend the premiere of the Warlingham Park Documentary premiere for
never seen before footage about the hospital or bring your very own home films
(strictly clean) to the Cinema Museum in Kennington to be shown on the big
screen and examined by trained film archivists.

There’s a huge
amount going on for this festival, find a full listing of events HERE

Beth Webb - Events Editor

I aim to bring you a round up of the best film events in the UK, no matter where you are or what your preference. For live coverage of events across London, follow @FilmJuice

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