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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LFFF2017 programme out now!

The LFFF2017 programme has been released!

This year will be the 5th London Feminist Film Festival  and we have some special treats in store to celebrate this occasion with you.

As in previous years, we will be returning to the lovely Rio Cinema in Dalston from 17 to 20 August, however we will also have a special screening at BFI Southbank for our Feminist Classic The Sealed Soil this year.

Shot clandestinely before being smuggled out of pre-revolution Iran for post-production, The Sealed Soil achieved international success, including winning Most Outstanding Film of the Year at the 1977 London Film Festival. This beautifully shot film follows 18-year-old Rooy-Bekheir as she struggles for independence and identity in her southern Iranian village. This is a rare chance to see this feminist classic on the director’s own 16mm print. Tickets are selling fast, with almost 70% gone already – don’t miss out on this film, which is listed in Sight & Sound‘s ‘100 overlooked films directed by women’.

Having received a high number of quality films from India, we are pleased to be showing a specially curated session on Indian Women Claiming Spaces on Friday 18 August at 6pm. The session will provide an insight into the many differences existing in this vast country and how this affects society’s expectations of women.

In these politically and socially turbulent times we felt a real need to address the rising levels of misogyny, racism and xenophobia not just by looking at what is happening here and now, but also by delving into the past and examining parallels between the past and the present.

Our opening night screening of Talk Back Out Loud follows a group of HIV-positive and formerly incarcerated women involved in a US all-women theatre group, who set out on a journey of reclaiming and celebrating their identities. The film challenges the othering of women who have been diagnosed as HIV-positive and/or criminalised by white patriarchal institutions and communities.

FEMINISM AND THE ARCHIVE considers feminist herstories through the archive. Selina Robertson will talk about her research with the Rio Cinema’s 1980s–1990s feminist film curation archive. This will be followed by the European premiere of feature documentary Hauntings in the Archive!, which critically explores the Austrian Association of Women Artists through its extensive archive, from its feminist origins in the 1910s, to its cooperation with the Nazi regime in WW2, and its wide-ranging refocusing in the 1990s.


Our session on VISIBILITY on Saturday afternoon shows 7 short films and explore ways in which women navigate their (in)visibility within patriarchal contexts and the restrictions and prejudices they are faced with. Includes films on women in the film industry, cyclists in Uganda, and radical 19th-century activist Lucy Parsons.

VAWG: RESISTANCE & SURVIVAL on Sunday will explore and celebrate women’s global resistance to violence against women and girls through an examination of ‘honour’ killings, violence against women as a weapon of war, as well as the impact of government cuts on vital VAWG services for and by black and minority women.

The festival will conclude with Ouaga Girls, a heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking coming-of-age feature documentary. The film is part of our ASPIRE / INSPIRE session in which we focus on aspirational women, who are forging their way in male-dominated professions and inspiring all of us along the way.

We will also round the 5th LFFF off with a closing night party on the evening of Sunday 20 August!! Details to be announced soon …

The 2017 London Feminist Film Festival will provide a safe space to explore, celebrate, organise, and inspire. All screenings will be followed by a post-screening discussion, for an opportunity to delve deeper into themes addressed in the films and to speak to filmmakers about their experiences in the film industry.

You can view our full programme here. Tickets are now available on the Rio Cinema and the BFI Southbank websites.

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Announcing our 2017 Feminist Classic!

For the first time in LFFF herstory, we will have a screening at the UK ‘home of film’, the BFI Southbank. And what better film to screen than our 2017 Feminist Classic – the beautiful 1977 Iranian film The Sealed Soil, by Marva Nabili – on its 40th anniversary.

Eighteen-year-old Rooy-Bekheir rejects suitor after suitor as she struggles for independence and identity in her southern Iranian village. The Sealed Soil, the first independent feature by an Iranian woman director, was shot clandestinely before being smuggled out of pre-revolution Iran for post-production. It achieved international success, including winning Most Outstanding Film of the Year at the 1977 London Film Festival, but has never been shown in Iran. The beautifully shot film has been compared stylistically to Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman. This is a rare chance to see a feminist classic on the director’s own 16mm print.

The screening will be at 8.30 pm on Saturday 19 August, in NFT2 (moving to the lavish NFT1 if we sell out NFT2). Tickets go on sale on 11 July, so for now put the dates in your diary and await this mistresspiece of Iranian cinema!

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Submissions deadline extended to 14 May

Good news – we have extended our submissions deadline to 14 May, so there are still a couple of weeks to get your feminist films to us and be a part of LFFF2017!

We have also reopened our online LFFF shop, stocked with organic cotton LFFF tote bags. And we’ll have our new LFFF2017 t shirts on sale there very soon!

Happy Sunday everyone!

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LFFF2017 dates!

We have now locked down our dates, and LFFF2017 – the 5th LFFF – will take place from 17 to 20 August at the Rio Cinema in Dalston. Tickets will be on sale nearer the time. See you there!

Meanwhile, submissions are still open – until 30 April – so get your feminist films to us and be a part of LFFF2017!

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Submissions for LFFF 2017 are now OPEN!

LFFF is back for 2017, with its 5th edition of the festival!
Submit your film to LFFF2017 here: submissions_gif

We look forward to receiving your feminist films!

Submissions close on 30 April 2017. Dates and venue to be announced soon.

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LFFF 2016 tickets on sale now!

The London Feminist Film Festival is returning to the Rio Cinema in Dalston (London) for its 4th edition from 18 to 21 August and we are pleased to announce that the full programme has been finalised and tickets are on sale NOW!

Recent years have seen increases in right wing conservatism, which have resulted in a surge in various forms of discrimination and bigotry. Because in 2016 many women across the globe are finding the rights they fought so hard for are under attack again, we have decided to open the 2016 edition of LFFF with a 25th anniversary screening of Pratibha Parmar’s A Place of RageThis award-winning documentary celebrates African American women and their achievements within the context of the civil rights, Black power, and feminist movements.

In light of the the current political and social climate we have programmed specific sessions addressing “THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE“, the experiences of “REFUGEE WOMEN“, as well as the representation and abuse of women’s bodies in patriarchal society in the session “WOMEN’S BODIES AS SITES …“.

The inspirational and upbeat feature length ‘pop-u-mentary’ Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model follows award-winning performance artist Bryony Kimmings and her 10-year-old niece Taylor as they try to combat the hyper-sexualised and commercialised world of pop by creating their own alternative popstar role model. We will be joined for the panel discussion by campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez as well as the filmmakers.

Other highlights include the EUROPEAN PREMIERE of the documentary feature No Kids for Me, Thanks! ,which gives a voice to childless women, and the delightful award-winning short One Thousand and One Teardrops which addresses women’s dress codes in Iran and is narrated by Shappi Khorsandi.

As a special bonus for feminist film lovers who are planning to spend the whole weekend with us, this year you can buy tickets for all six screenings for the price of five.

The 2016 London Feminist Film Festival will provide space to celebrate, organise, and inspire. Each screening will be followed by a post screening discussion, which we suggest you stick around for. Not only do these offer further insight into themes addressed in the films, but they are also a great space to speak to filmmakers about their experiences in the film industry.

You can view our full programme here. Buy your tickets from the Rio Cinema website here.

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