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Portobello Film Festival 2013

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'The Wild Side of Brit Film'
portobello film festival

If you are looking for an alternative from big money making Hollywood films and mainstream cinema, then you should check out the Portobello Film Festival, which is now entering its eighteenth year.

With free screenings of indie and art films until the 15th September, The Metro has described it as 'the wild side to Brit film.' There is no denying that the festival has rather unconventional beginnings; the founders organised the first event in 1996, in an area with no cinema, meaning everything was projected using 35mm film inside tents.

Since then, however, the festival has become a mega success, and now has dozens of daily films at Westbourne Studios. This year, Portobello Film Festival is also exhibiting it's first urban art fair, Pop Modern, which runs for a short time at the Louise Blouin Gallery.

The event is made up of two separate festivals; the first is a pop-up cinema on the Westway Flyover, which will have evening performances between 6pm to 10.30pm. There will be a different theme each night; for example, 31st August is an Homage to Hitchcock, which features ten short thrillers, and two full length films. The next night will be dedicated to sci-fi and fantasy, while Monday focuses on London made/set films.

The second is a World Cinema Festival, which will be screening international films at Westbourne Studios; this year has a particular focus on Germany, and includes experimental films, documentaries, dramas, and music videos.
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Why? Fun for film lovers
When: Until 15th Sept
Phone: 020 8960 0996
Where: Westbourne Studios
Cost: Free
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