East End Film Festival


The 16th edition of East End Film Festival commences with EAST END OUTDOORS (Fri 2 & Sat 3 June). This weekend of FREE outdoor screenings at Old Spitalfields Market is themed around iconic musicals, in partnership with Films For Food supporting Tower Hamlets Food Bank (free admission with donation of non-perishable food items). Highlights include a family-friendly matinee of the 1968 British musical classic CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, and an East End screening of WEST SIDE STORY. The weekend concludes with a special outdoor screening of LA LA LAND.


West Side Story: Films for Food Screening

The ultimate modern love story, West Side Story is the perfect musical to enjoy under the London stars. Come and sing along in exchange for a donation to Tower Hamlets Foodbank! ...
02 JUN 07:00 PM


All Eyes East 

A special selection of short films exploring lives and cultural change in the East End, from Shoreditch Church to the Stratford Centre, and from Hackney's Gascoyne Estate to themes of gentrification ...
03 JUN 12:00 PM (FREE)


Films for Food: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Join EEFF for a special family screening of one of the greatest children's films of all time. Just watch out for the Child Catcher! ...
03 JUN 01:30 PM


Cutting East 

An incredible selection of films touching upon vital, fundamental issues affecting the daily experience of young people in the UK. Presented by Cutting East, this programme explores and celebrates the vibrancy of young people in the UK ...
03 JUN 04:00 PM (FREE)



Are you happy? William Brown takes it upon himself to find out in this series of vox pop interviews conducted along the Circle Line in the buildup to the last General Election. A vibrant portrait of modern London ...
03 JUN 05:00 PM (FREE)


La La Land

Join us under the moonlight to welcome the summer with Damien Chazelle’s ferocious, ravishing, already iconic love letter to the Golden Age of Hollywood musicals. ...
03 JUN 07:00 PM


Now entering its 16th year, East End Film Festival (EEFF) is preparing for a radical reboot including a move to the spring for 2018. Ahead of those changes, EEFF will say goodbye to its usual summer slot in style with a mammoth cinematic celebration spanning 5 epic long weekends throughout the WHOLE OF JUNE 2017. Marking the festival’s longest ever and most unconventional run, each weekend will sharply focus on five of EEFF’s core values: utilising non-cinema venues, engaging with diverse audiences, supporting emerging filmmakers, breaking artistic boundaries and premiering bold, challenging and vital new films. 

EEFF breaks the mould with its radical festival structure for 2017, yet stays true to form with an impressive line-up of films and events across London’s East End. Highlights include premieres of biopics of international cultural icons Tupac Shakur (All Eyez On Me) and Tom Of Finland, documentaries probing subjects as diverse as Brexit (Brexitannia) and America’s Death Penalty (The Penalty, screening in conjunction with Amnesty International UK), and new works from emerging first- and second-time filmmakers (over 60% of the films are by first- or second-time directors) including the debut feature from former Eastenders actor James Alexandrou (The Show) and a confident debut from British/Iranian filmmaker Mitra Tabrizian (Gholam).

For full information about the festival