Leytonstone Loves Film!

In 2019, Waltham Forest became the first ever London Borough of Culture. The award from the Mayor of London ensured that arts and culture throughout the year are placed at the heart of the community. 2019 will explore the theme “Radicals, Makers and Fellowship” in a collaboration between local residents, artists and creatives producing a once in a lifetime celebration of the borough. It will highlight the character, diversity and cultures of the borough; the things everyone has in common and the things that make us different, in a year-long celebration of the real cultures of London by the people who live here.

As a site of early film production and the birthplace of celebrated director Alfred Hitchcock, Leytonstone has a rich cinema history. This September welcomes a weekend of film related events entitled “Leytonstone Loves Film”. Celebrate film culture, film-making and the area’s rich local film heritage, as film pops up in the most unexpected of places! Produced in collaboration with Barbican, and in partnership with local residents and organisations, this new festival will bring people together over a shared love of film to inspire a new generation of makers, risk takers and radical thinkers.

This weekend-long event will also feature screenings of local and international work, film-inspired workshops and activities, music, talks and installations in cafés, pubs and pop-up venues.

Pop-up screenings

In the lead-up to Leytonstone Loves Film, the Barbican are working with local community members to host pop-up screenings. Popping up in unexpected venues across Leytonstone, be part of conversations inspired by your favourite films. If you are interested in getting involved register your interest by emailing beyondbarbican@barbican.org.uk.

Film Screen Archive Project

Vestry House, the London Screen Archives and the Barbican is looking back at life in Leytonstone, collecting footage and showcasing how the area has been captured on film.

If you have home movies, video or footage shot in Leytonstone that could be included in the archive to preserve local heritage, please email screenheritage@filmlondon.org.uk.

Last Frame Smartphone Film Festival

From the team behind Cheap Cuts Festival, “Last Frame” is an exciting new festival that will shine a spotlight on social issues and underrepresented communities across East London through a series of short films.  To participate, you need to make a short documentary (under 5 minutes) either on a smartphone or tablet and send it to them via email before Sunday 1st September 2019 to info@lastframeclub.com

Films must be on the theme – “Film & My Community”.

For more information or if you have any other questions, follow the link here!

Winning films will be screened at this year’s Last Frame Smartphone Film Festival and there will be some great prizes up for grabs to! Get involved and good luck!


For more information and details of how you can get involved in this fantastic weekend and book tickets please follow the link to the Borough of Culture website here, or through the Barbican here.

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