As part of the Free Film Festivals movement in south London, we were interested in the idea of a self-creating film festival. Here, individuals and organisations run their own events with the support, equipment hire and funding assistance from the festival team.
Over ten days in 2012, a thousand people attended 20 events held in galleries, pubs, parks and other non-traditional ‘pop-up’ venues. Highlights included a screening of The Science of Sleep on the ceiling of Lewisham Arthouse, a cycle-powered screening of Pixar’s Up in Fordham Park, and a night-time screening of Pasolini’s Gospel According to Matthew in St Nicholas’ Church.
New Cross + Deptford Free Film Festival is possible thanks to the unpaid work of dozens of volunteers and income from crowd-sourcing, bucket-shaking and fundraising. We look forward to seeing you at the next festival!