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Walthamstow International Film Festival to return this weekend

The ‘inspirational’ Walthamstow film festival has announced its return on Sunday 9th June, reports Cosmic Thapa

Credit: Walthamstow International Film Festival

Get your popcorn ready because Walthamstow International Film Festival is back, screening 78 new short films on Sunday 9th June from 12-6pm at Walthamstow Trades Hall.

With accessibility and diversity in mind, the festival’s founders Paul and Liza Fletcher told the Echo that audiences should expect to see a range of genres from animation, to experimental works.

Through the festival, the pair also “aim to promote young filmmakers and connect them to the industry”. The shortlisted films were free submissions by young people all over the world, providing them access to an otherwise notoriously difficult industry. 

With its humble beginnings in a furniture shop, the festival continues to grow. 14 years on, it will not only include films from talent within the borough, but Iran, China, Argentina, India, South Korea, and many others. 

Liza Fletcher said: “It’s always surprising to see so many young filmmakers that come from abroad. We’re not Cannes or anything, but we provide a platform for people to connect with the industry. 

“It’s so rewarding. We feel like we’re giving back to the community, and showing people the talent in this borough”. 


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The festival is powered by over 100 volunteers, many of whom are students and young people. Liza and Paul ‘Fletch’ Fletcher have been visiting schools since 2010, providing work experience and internships for students considering a career in the media or IT. Many filmmakers and volunteers at E17 Films have gone onto working for renowned media companies, such as the MTV presenter, Tyrell Charles.

At the end of the festival, the audience will have a chance to vote for their favourite film, alongside a panel of judges including director Barry Bliss, MP Stella Creasy, actor Paul McGann, artist Georgina Starr, and Baroness Oona King. 

There will also be a chance for aspiring creatives to network from 7pm, or for audience members to speak with the filmmakers and organisers. 

The festival is completely free to attend, and guests are encouraged to stay for as long as they would like throughout the day. The films are all family friendly, so children are welcome to attend. Small pets are also allowed. There will be a bar serving tea, coffee, soft and alcoholic drinks. There is no food available to buy, but guests can bring some in.

Spaces can be reserved here, but walk-ins are always welcome. 

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