If you need confirmation on how alive the arts are in Hackney Borough, you only have to look at the array of festivals being held in various parts of Hackney over the summer.
So it is only fitting that Hackney has its own film festival. The 1st annual Hackney Film Festival, is to be held 18th-19th August in Hackney which organizers hope, will be a platform for local artists and filmmakers to have their work seen by an audience.
As well as screening films by professional and amateur filmmakers, the festival also aims to showcase the work of local community projects who use film-making as a way of engaging marginalised groups within Hackney.
Co-founder Steve McInerney said: “Hackney is a hot-bed of artistic talent and is also such a diverse area. Our aim is to celebrate both these things and really shine a light on the area’s unique quality in housing such a vast amount of film-making talent.”
Screening of films will be held at venues across Hackney, including The Rio Cinema, Hackney’s only independent. General Manager Charles Rubinstein said: “London’s cinematic diary is already brimful with a cornucopia of exotic events, but there’s certainly space for Hackney to have its own festival and this promises to be a very exciting development. Starting small, the potential for future expansion is enormous. Mighty oaks from little acorns grow…”
Submission deadline for films is 13th August. The festival accepts all forms of film with the only entry criteria being that the film be made in Hackney or by someone living or working in Hackney. To submit your entry and for further info go to The Hackney Film Festival website