So comes another summer, here ends another wonderful East End Film Festival. This year, running on the wonderful contributions from the public via Kickstarter, the triumphant showcase of cinematic treats from the global and the local were magnificent. Luckily enough, we were able to preview some of the films and honestly, we were captivated by the determined weirdness and greatly directed from artists you may or may not have heard off (you can read all of our reviews here). The East End Film Festival is much more than a festival, it’s a celebration where film obsessee’s come and bath in the glory of cinema. And it is supported by them too. This year has been no different and it’s down to the incredible team behind it.
The festival also award some terrific feats in moviedom by celebrating simply the best of the best. The jury, who made all the difficult decisions, were Sebastian Hofmann, winner of the Best Feature Award 2013 for Halley, film critic Mark Adams, BFI Director Eddie Berg, English Photographer and video, artist Gillian Wearing and Oscar nominated playwright, author and screenwriter Peter Straughhan. For Documentry, the jury consisted of British artists and filmmakers Iain Forsythe and Jane Pollard, Oscar-nominated Palestinian film director Emad Burnat, BAFTA-winning documentary filmmaker Tristan Anderson, and BBC Storyville’s Shanida Scotland. For Cinematography, Ken Loache compadre Barry Akroyd judged and Karl Hyde, of band Underworld judged Best Feature Soundtrack
But while these were all winners, in a way, every film showcased at this festival was gold. East End Film Festival may have just ended its 13th year, but it solidified its importance in the film industry. It will continue to push the boundaries, explore innovative new movies and revel in them. Here’s to the festival, the team behind it and more years of the East End Film Festival.