Preview: Walthamstow International Film Festival

Still from Ruby Moore’s The Lost BearStill from Ruby Moore’s The Lost Bear

Fans of short film and lovers of the ‘Stow get a WIFF of this!

The 2016 Walthamstow International Film Festival runs tomorrow (Sunday 24 July 2016) at Vestry House from 11am to 5pm.

WIFF screens “innovative short films from around the world and around the borough.” Categories include Drama, Documentary, Experimental, Animation, Young People and Silent. All films run 5 minutes or less in duration and are suitable for family viewing. The festive is competitive and prizes are awarded for overall winner, best in each category, and audience vote.

I’m just back from a screening at Empire Cinema Walthamstow of the shortlist winners of this year’s entries. I really enjoyed – and was even moved by – a few of the films I watched. Among the highlights of the screening were these gems:

  • Matt Harris Freeth’s oddball and creepily twisty, Crocodile
  • Documentary Kayayo by Carol Gyasi about female day labourers in Accra, Ghana;
  • Elena Brodach’s poignant silent film, Silence;
  • WWII era drama The Weather Report by Paul Murphy;
  • and The Lost Bear, the directorial debut of 10-year old Walthamstow resident, Ruby Moore (please keep up the exceptional work, Ruby!).

These and all 82 short films will be screened at tomorrow’s event at Vestry House.

Vestry House is located at Vestry Road, E17 9NH. Find out more at and

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