The East End Film Festival kicks off this Thursday with a programme that includes documentaries of every style and stripe. Highlights include Dom Shaw’s All the Years of Trying which tells the story of late seventies punk poet Patrick Fitzgerald as well as Jaak Kilmi’s Disco and Atomic War which details the experience of growing up in a part of the Soviet Union that was close enough to Finland to see western television.
And for those who want to make rather than watch, the Filmmaker’s Centre is offering a chance for aspiring documentarians to sit down with Charlies Phillips, Marketplace Producer at Sheffield Doc/Fest, for the pitching initiative designed to match documentary makers’ most innovative project ideas with UK and international buyers. To sign up, visit the Filmmaking Centre desk during the festival. Come to Charlie with an idea in any stage of development that has international appeal and takes an innovative/fresh approach to either the content, the execution of the idea or both. He’ll be able to give you more information on accessing funds inside and outside of traditional funding streams, including broadcasting, cross-media releases, DIY distribution and marketing.
Those are just a sample of the wide array of documentaries and activities the festival is offering, so be sure to check out their programme in full.