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Film Festivals



This autumn will see the return of the 3rd Annual Hackney Film Festival, spanning from Friday 7 – Sunday 9 of September. Expect a varied and lively programme consisting of film screenings, Q&As, live cinema shows and film artist performances.

The Festival opens on Friday 7 September with a collaborative event between the HFF and the Live Cinema Foundation. The Live Cinema Foundation is a new Hackney based organisation that supports the presentation, development and publication of emerging digital culture that exist at the intersection between film, music and the performing arts. For this special one-off event it has joined forces with HFF to co-curate a night of audio-visual delights that celebrates local artists operating in this field, with live AV performances from internationally recognised artists such as Scanner, The Light Surgeons, Scanone, Blanca Regina & Matthias Kispert. The night will culminate in a party atmosphere with DJ sets from local audio-smiths Spatial and Champetamine along side visuals by The Butchers, Joe Catchpole, Nano Projections plus more.

On Saturday 8 September, the Hackney Film Festival unveils their most exciting short film programme to date at the Rio Cinema, featuring independent and BAFTA award winning short films. Officially selected from over 100 film submissions. Highlights include Asif Kapadia’s ‘The Odyssey’ and John Mclean’s ‘Pitch Black Heist’ along with Calum Macdiarmid’s RSFF 2012 Audience Award winning ’82’ and RSSF 2008 Animation Award winner Joseph Pierce’s ‘The Pub’.


Saturday evening the Hackney Film Festival steps outside the confines of the cinema setting and into Cafe Oto, exploring the film and video art practice of Expanded Cinema featuring live performances by Sculpture, Guy Sherwin, Sally Golding and  Lynn Loo.

Sunday 9 September the Hackney Film Festival and IdeasTap take to the Hackney Picture House for the Emerging Filmmakers Screening. Thisfree mid-afternoon short film showcase will focus largely on young up and coming film-makers to inspire and connect the next generation of film-making talent from the borough. Film-making masterclasses will be awarded by SAE institute to the crew of the top three films.

Sunday evening closes the festival with a free screening of Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair’s Olympic sized travelogue Swandown‘, plus a screening of Kötting’s early short films and others. The event fittingly takes place at the Carlton London, situated on the canal in Hackney Wick, overlooking the closing ceremony of the Paralympics. Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair will also be in attendance for a Q&A hosted by Gareth Evans. This event is part of Showtime presented by the Mayor of London.



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