Story Of London Festival

The Story Of London Festival is a “London-wide” (sorry to non apples n pears types) event organized by big man Boris himself, celebrating our cultural history as well as highlighting and supporting new creative initiatives. We don’t really care about any of that, of course. We just want the film stuff. So what’s going on, where’s it happening, and will it make us sound impressive among peers and enemies? Lets have a look.

London Recut

Date: 7th October

In summer 2010, a competition sought out the best remixes of over 100 clips of moving image archive material from across the capital. A panel of experts including Munira Mirza, Cultural Advisor to the Mayor of London; Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London; and YouTube’s remix enfant terrible Cassetteboy chose four winners -which are now on display at this event. The fun part is, you can also learn how to use the mixing tool yourself and make your own film including materials from BFI National Archive, the London Transport Museum Collection, the Corporate of London and local borough archives from across the city, recutting them into your own vision of London. Which basically means you can curl your lip, mutter “pssht, I can do better than that,” and then you can ACTUALLY DO IT! Find out more here

Calling All Young Film Makers: Make Your Own Film!

Date: 1st-9th October

A fantastic opportunity to get your kids that career you never had, the Make Your Own Film event is running every day all week at the London Film Museum. The event is all about getting kids aged 8-16 making films alongside industry professionals for the excellent price of free. Exploring the theme of “Charlie Chaplin comedy movies”, the kids will develop, film and then help edit their very own short films, with prizes for the best ones! The team promises DVDs of the final films produced, as well as CGI special effects and sound FX. Can we come too? Find out more here

On Our Street

Date: 9th-10th October

More of a promanade theatre piece with a film-y end explosion; On Our Street is apparently an exploration of Islington’s rich heritage through song, drama and dance, starting at Islington Green and ending at the King’s Head Theatre and Pub, with a screening of the documentary A Maverick In London. We say enjoy the autumnal outdoors while you can, and hey, it ends in a pub. It’s free. What’s not to enjoy? Find out more here

ICA Student Forum Film Launch

Date: 8th October

Supporting up and coming shiny things is our bag, so we think it’s great that the Greater London Authority has decided to fund a launch of screenings by the ICA newly commissioned artists from the ICA Student Forum in a programme called ‘London You’re Alright’. There two short films by student artists give a fresh perspective on their experiences of the city and living in London, and hopefully aren’t all about Shoreditch and wacky jumpers. Never previously commissioned these artists will platform their work publicly for the first time and the screenings will have an ongoing profile through a specially established You Tube Channel, within the ICA’s You Tube site. Support the youf of today innit!

You can read a full Story Of London Festival line-up here – if you think we’ve missed anything vital, send us an email at [email protected]. Hurrah for free!

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