Local communities are opening their doors to film fanatics to come together and celebrate film at several events later this month. Reel Islington Film Festival will screen films from both well-established and up-and-coming film makers, followed by a film fair taking place in Camden with stalls, talks and a meet-and-greet with some iconic film stars.
Following the success of last year’s event, Reel Islington Film Festival is set to take place from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th of February. This weekend event will offer a variety of screenings and talks based on their theme “A Place Called England.”
Their focus is to bring together a community of local film makers and fans to enjoy a wide variety of films throughout the borough in places such as Hornsey Road Baths and Andover Community Centre. They’re even offering people the chance to spend the day making a short film on the theme “Life on the Dole”; which will take place on Friday 15th February at the Old Fire Station on Mayton Street.
The event will be featuring documentaries, fiction, animation and shorts from award winning directors such as Martin Scorsese, Charlie Chaplin and Ken Loach. Furthermore, there will be a discussion about England in film led by a panel of film journalists and teachers including London Metropolitan lecturer Jude Rodgers.
22 year old Mevan Babakar said: “I’m really looking forward to “London – The Modern Babylon,” I’m originally Iraqi and adore London, so anything that draws parallels always gets my vote. I think it’s a very true sentiment about London and I’m eager to see how Temple makes that come to life.”
The weekend will also include submissions from the Reel Islington Short Film Award 2013 competition in which amateur filmmakers produced a 10 minute movie of any style based on the theme “A Place Called England.” The winning film will be judged by industry professionals and awarded a cash prize of £200.
“The theme of the festival seems interesting and there are some exciting workshops and talks in the program, but several of the screenings don’t especially appeal to me,” said 28 year old film graduate Eloise Oatley.
Also this month, Camden will be hosting its very own film fair at the Electric Ballroom on Saturday 16th February from 10am until 4pm. The event will feature up to 60 stands selling films, books, posters and memorabilia along with appearances from the first ever Bond girl Eunice Gayson, alongside fellow Bond actor Burt Kwouk, who stared in ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘You only live twice.’ With an admission fee of just £3 this event is one not to miss; Gayson will also be on hand to sign her book ‘The First Lady of Bond.’
Photographer Lousia Johnson said: “I’m happy that there are events happening outside of central London. As a photographer I’m excited to meet other people who have a love for art, I think it’ll be a great weekend.”
Reel Islington are in partnership with Holloway Neighbourhood Group and Rowan Arts. Together they hold a film club which takes place on the first Friday of every month. The next screening will be on Friday 1st March of the 1959 classic Black Orpheus.
For more information and to book tickets please visit http://http://www.reelislington.com/festival-2013