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UEL partners with East End Film Festival for the fourth time

Festival offers UEL students professional and creative opportunities

By Lee Pinkerton

For the fourth year in a row, the University of East London (UEL) has continued its fruitful collaboration with the East London Film Festival (EEFF).  

One of the UK’s largest film festivals, the EEFF is an annual, not-for-profit, multi-platform, multi-day event in London. The festival, which took place in April, presents a rich and diverse programme of international premieres, industry masterclasses, free pop-up screenings and immersive live events. 

UEL has worked with the festival since 2015. For the past three years, UEL has been the EEFF’s sole educational partner.

Dr Paul Gormley (pictured above), UEL’s Principal Lecturer in Film, said, “The collaboration with EEFF is very beneficial for UEL and our students. It’s one we intend to continue in the future.”

One of this year’s highlights for UEL was the ‘Future Shots 3’ showcase on April 21. Held at the Curzon Aldgate cinema, the event featured the work of students on the BA Film, BA Animation and MA Filmmaking programmes. 

Second year BA Film student Ashton Sund also produced a film, screened at the festival, which touched on the challenges facing BAME filmmakers in the industry.

Dr Gormley said, “Students were very excited to be able to show their creative and hard work at an international film festival. There also were opportunities for students to network with industry professionals, and each student who had their film screened received an official selection festival laurel.”

The EEFF’s mission is to discover, support, and exhibit pioneering work by global and local independent filmmakers, and to introduce viewers to innovative and challenging cinematic experiences.

Committed to the work of first and second time directors, the annual EEFF showcases more than fifty feature film screenings, several short film programmes, and a variety of cross-arts events and industry activities across the festival. 

Other aspects of UEL’s year-round partnership with the festival include the opportunity for BA Advertising and BA Media and Communication students to take internships at the festival in roles such as programming and digital marketing. UEL film student Gui Pais had a three month internship in the EEFF office.

Film students have also been involved in filming and interviewing filmmakers at several of the festival’s premieres, including the Opening Gala.

In addition, Animation students made a viral trailer (in response to an EEFF brief) which was screened at the festival, Journalism students filmed short interviews with filmmakers and Advertising students ran an EEFF competition on social media.

Some UEL academics, including film lecturer Jill Daniels, also showed their work at the festival.