London Feminist Film Festival 2013 programme announced!

The programme for the second edition of the London Feminist Film Festival is now confirmed and can be found here!

After the great response to our inaugural 2012 festival, women filmmakers from around the world again sent us an amazing array of films for consideration for LFFF 2013. It’s been tough deciding on the programme but we finally got there! Thanks very much to all the filmmakers who submitted their films.

The festival has been extended to a whole week this year. Over the seven days we will screen 10 feature length films and 21 short films, from 18 different countries, including eight UK Premieres, eight European Premieres, and six World Premieres.

The festival will kick off on Sunday 24 November with our session on Body Politics which includes the UK Premiere of The Cut, an insightful documentary on FGM filmed by Beryl Magoko in her home district in Kenya.

We’ll be sharing insights into feminism around the world including En la Casa, la Cama y la Calle about activism in Nicaragua, Still Fighting about abortion clinic escorts in the US, and Foot for Love about a South African football team’s campaign against lesbophobia. And we’ll also have UK-based films such as To Hear Her Voice about suffragette theatre and The Campaigner about a 78-year-old activist who refuses to conform to the narrow stereotype for older women.

We are hoping that many of the directors of the films will join us for their screenings and panel discussions. Director Nevline Nnaji has already booked her flight from the US to join us for her screening! We’re looking forward to hearing from her about her film Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights which focuses on US black women activists and their marginalisation within the Black Power and Feminist movements of the 1960s and 1970s.

This year we are bringing you not one but two Feminist Classic films! Sally Potter’s ground-breaking first feature The Gold Diggers will screen on 26 November, with a great line-up of panellists, and Lizzie Borden’s feminist sci-fi Born in Flames will be the final screening of the festival on Saturday 30 November. Both films are 30 years old this year!

An integral part of the festival will be the post-film panel discussions. These will give filmmakers and audiences a chance to discuss the films, the feminist issues raised by the films, and wider issues of women’s representation behind and in front of the camera. Panellists will include directors of the films we are showing, academics, critics, and women’s rights activists.

Tickets will be available soon from this website and from the Hackney Picturehouse website.