LFFF2017 – that’s a wrap!

What a fantastic last day at LFFF2017!

The afternoon started off with a powerful session on violence against women and girls, with three fantastic films. The panel, chaired by Camille Kumar of Women & Girls Network, discussed honour-based violence, giving a voice through film to those who are not usually heard, and the current funding problems for grassroots women’s organisations.

 

The final session of LFFF2017 was on women in male-dominated industries, especially STEM. Leeds Animation Workshop’s poignant and humorous animation was followed by feature film Ouaga Girls, about a group of young women in Burkina Faso training to be car mechanics.

After that, we all headed to the High Water cocktail bar up the road. There were vegan nibbles, gorgeous cocktails (including our special ‘Gin of One’s Own’), and our raffle was drawn. We also announced our award winners, who were as follows:

Short Film Award: Cycologic
Feature Film Award: Where to, Miss?
Feminist Favourite Audience Award: Did I Say Hairdressing? I Meant Astrophysics (with Talk Back Out Loud being a very close runner-up)

Many congratulations to the worthy winners! See our website for the judges’ comments on the films.

In case you missed out on your LFFF2017 merchandise and would like a souvenir of the festival, we still have a few tshirts and bags available from our online shop.

Thanks very much to all the filmmakers, panellists, LFFF volunteers, the Rio and the BFI, High Water, and to all our fantastic feminist audiences, for making this year so special!

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OMG we sold out the 450-seater NFT1!

Oh what a night! We can’t not start this post with the news that we SOLD OUT NFT1! Marva Nabili’s The Sealed Soil, our Feminist Classic for LFFF2017, was originally scheduled for NFT2 – when that sold out it was put up to the gigantic 450-seater NFT1. The LFFF crew turned up at the BFI last night and discovered the news that we’d sold out that screen too!

The audience seemed to love this beautiful, painterly film, and they showed their appreciation afterwards with lots of thoughtful comments and questions in our Q&A. It was wonderful to hear from the marvelous Marva Nabili about how she made the film, including how it had to be done in secret – not even the actors knew what the film was! – and about her artistic influences. It was a really special evening which we will remember for a long time and we are very grateful to Marva for making the trip from LA to attend the screening.

Earlier in the day, we had two packed out sessions – one on Feminism and the Archive, with an enlightening talk on the Rio’s feminist film archive, and the other our shorts session around the theme of Visibility.

Today is the last day of LFFF2017 😦 Do come and join us at the Rio this afternoon. And don’t forget our closing night party from 6 pm at High Water cocktail bar – free vegan food, amazing cocktails, and music till late!

We’ll also be slashing the prices of our merchandise today! So come and get your LFFF2017 bags, tshirts, hoodies, and posters before they sell out!

See you later hopefully!

Anna, Marta, and all of the LFFF team. xx

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Successful second day at LFFF2017, and more to come today!

Packed house of enthusiastic vegan feminists – excited for the talk and their vegan cupcakes!

Thank you all who came on Friday. We had a thought-provoking panel following our session on Indian Women Claiming Spaces. We heard from activists who are on the ground in India and discussed the place that white women have in making films about other cultures. This was followed by a sold out talk on Feminism and Veganism – with free vegan cupcakes provided by Lola’s Cupcakes and coconut milk from Koko Dairy Free.

Our wonderful panel and chair: Dr Kate Stewart, Sophie Delarny, Ali Ryland, and Kaur Binjie.

Early in the afternoon today, we have the Feminism and the Archive session, featuring the European Premiere of the feature film Hauntings in the Archive! The film reflects on and exposes the his/herstory/ies of the Austrian Association of Women Artists. This is followed by a short talk about the Rio Cinema’s support of intersectional feminism in 1980s and 1990s – as discovered through exploring their archives.

 

Following this, 7 short films in our Visibility session. These films explore the role of women in society. Jacquelyn Guederley (co-founder of Stemettes; founder of women’s literary magazine, Salome) is chairing the 7-women-strong panel, discussing the visibility and invisibility of women, as well as their own experiences. At the start of this session, we have a short film entitled Why Aren’t We Hiring More Women?, as part of Refinery 29’s Shatterbox Anthology – the movie series aiming to cultivate and spotlight the voices of women directors.

Then on Saturday night we have one of the highlights of the festival, the 40th anniversary screening of The Sealed Soil at the BFI. Smuggled out of Iran in the pre-revolution era, this film has received much international acclaim but has never been shown in Iran. It explores the 18 year old protagonist, Rooy-Bekheir, struggling for her independence and identity in her southern Iranian village. We are so lucky to have a post-film Q&A with director Marva Nabilli, who has flown in from LA for the screening.

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Powerful 1st night at LFFF2017. Plus Marva Nabili arrives in London!

LFFF2017 got off to a great start last night with Talk Back Out Loud. We discussed stigma, prejudice, and power. As our fantastic chair commented, ‘Racism, classism, fascism, misogyny don’t happen on their own. They don’t happen in a silo’.

Tonight at 6 pm it’s our Indian Women Claiming Spaces session, and all three directors will be attendance (two via Skype). Watch the trailer for the main film here.

Then at 8.30 pm it’s our ‘Feminism and veganism’ talk, asking ‘Is veganism a feminist issue?’. This event has been very popular and has now sold out.

Last but not least, the incredible Marva Nabili, director of our Feminist Classic The Sealed Soil, arrived in London from LA yesterday! LFFF director Anna Read picked her up from the airport and escorted the 16 mm film to the BFI Vaults ready for tomorrow’s screening!

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LFFF2017 starts today!

The 5th edition of LFFF kicks off tonight at 6pm at the Rio Cinema with the European Premiere of Kaori Sakagami’s Talk Back Out Loud. The film follows a group of women involved with The Medea Project, a US theatre company for HIV-positive and incarcerated women run by inspirational powerhouse Rhodessa Jones.

This is what one of our jurors had to say about the film: “some amazing personal stories and an amazing portrait of women and domestic violence and addiction – and the issues of race in the US – but not only. The film shows the healing power of theatre, and of the extraordinary woman who drives the programme”.

We’re very excited that both Kaori and Rhodessa will both join us for the panel discussion after the film – Kaori in person, and Rhodessa via Skype – along with some other amazing panellists. See our listing for more details.

There are still tickets available from the Rio website. Let your friends know you’re coming on our Facebook event page. Looking forward to seeing you at the start of LFFF2017!

Our online shop is also now open, with LFFF2017 tshirts and tote bags! These will also be on sale at the LFFF stall at the Rio throughout the festival – plus a small number of LFFF2017 hoodies!

To keep up to date with the latest news and developments, see our Facebook page.

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More exciting LFFF updates

We are super excited to share some more updates with you today.

Firstly we are honoured to announce that Marva Nabili, director of our Feminist Classic The Sealed Soil, will now be attending the screening, flying in from LA especially for the event! She will be joining us on stage in NFT1 for a Q&A after the film, chaired by Elhum Shakerifar. This is a rare opportunity to watch the first film by an independent Iranian woman director on Nabili’s own 16 mm print, and to put your questions to the director afterwards. Tickets on sale from the BFI.

We have also added two new events to the programme, a talk on Feminism and Veganism at the Rio (Friday 18 August, 8.30pm) and our Closing Night Party at High Water cocktail bar (Sunday 20 August, from 6pm).

Lastly we have just released the festival trailer, so tune in to get a sneak peak at what’s in store at LFFF 2017!

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The Sealed Soil update – MORE TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Our FEMINIST CLASSIC: The Sealed Soil has been moved up from NFT2 to NFT1 at the BFI Southbank, meaning there are more tickets on sale now!

Tickets to this rare screening sold out so quickly, and more people still wanted tickets, so we’re so pleased to be able to move it up a screen and allow more people to see this amazing film.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Marva Nabili, hosted by Elhum Shakerifar.

This is an event not to be missed!

Book your tickets at the BFI Southbank website.

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