DC On Demand is a new project, stemming from the beloved Deptford Cinema and the volunteer group who are behind it. The aim is to host a video-on-demand (VOD) streaming service which will host a variety of content, ranging from short films and artists’ moving image to independent feature-length films, from a wide pool of artists, creators and filmmakers. The project will ensure the cinema’s unique and diverse film programming maintains a presence in its new, but temporary, online home of Vimeo through it’s on-demand content platform, whilst our venue is temporarily closed due to Coronavirus.

We are calling for feature and short submission, which should not be currently free to see online elsewhere, for this online project, which can be on any theme or genre, provided filmmakers accept the rules and terms as listed below.
Please only submit one film per filmmaker.

We are very much looking forward to seeing your films!


South East London/ Community Cinema/ Streaming Service Launch

In these difficult times and with Deptford Cinema’s doors closed for the foreseeable future, our volunteers have been working hard to bring our usual style of quality programming into your homes. It gives us great pleasure to announce that today​ ​DC On Demand​, ​our new streaming platform, is now ​live.


We are trialling this project for a month, whilst we face lockdown in London and across the world. Each week there will be four new films available to stream on​ ​DC On Demand​.
Every ​Monday ​and ​Friday, ​you can check out a new feature film, and each ​Wednesday and Sunday, ​we will launch a new short film. Our volunteer curated programme will give you access to bold and exciting films.

Our first film is: ‘T​his Spring​’ (2018), a moving documentary about a young man who comes out to his loved ones at their old summer home in the French countryside. The film’s director, Nicolas Gerifaud, documents his own coming-out process through a mixture of home video footage infused with candid interviews. -​ ​Chosen by our Volunteer Sam J.

We are introducing a​ ‘pay-what-you-can’ scheme​ for these films, in recognition of the hard times many of us are facing in the current climate. There are three payment options available:
1.​ ​For those on low/no income and our key workers, we encourage you to request a free screening link here:
2.​ ​For those who can afford it, we’ve set a standard ​£2 ​fee for each film, as a donation to the cinema, whilst equally honouring the fantastic content we’re programming.
3.​ ​If you would like to donate more to Deptford Cinema – which may have its physical doors closed, but still has monthly expenditures – you can top up your ​£2​ viewing fee via PayPal here:​ ​paypal.me/deptfordcinema​.

We are so grateful to everyone who has helped bring the platform together and are delighted to be able to promote hidden gems and emerging talent from around the world.

You can access the platform via DC On Demand or download the app for your mobile device or tablet.

About the venue:
Deptford Cinema is being built by the community, for the community. Although our 40 seat cinema is open for business and fully functional, we are all in the process of completing our darkroom, gallery space and a fully licensed cafe/bar. The programming of events and films is open to anybody to show the films they want, and the cinema will be a hub for all things film in Lewisham. Approaching its fourth year of regular screenings, Deptford Cinema is now the oldest operating cinema in Lewisham.

The London Borough of Lewisham was one of only two London boroughs with no dedicated cinema. Deptford Cinema is a not-for-profit community led project that decided it was time to make this change, with the building of a new venue for film and arts on Deptford Broadway.

Deptford Cinema is a community based and community focused volunteer-run organisation that operates by means of an open participatory structure. Every week, trustees facilitate meetings attended by volunteers, during which decisions on our programme - from films to special events and exhibitions - are made collectively by consensus. Discussions and decisions regarding the organisation's administration, finances, publicity and visual identity are also held and made by consensus during our weekly meetings.

See more at: http://deptfordcinema.org

-There is no age rating limit, but filmmakers should inform us as to their estimate as to the rating their film deserves.

-Please only submit one film per filmmaker.

- All entries must be in English or contain English subtitles. Non-English entries without subtitles will unfortunately be disqualified.

-Submitted films should not currently be freely available to view online elsewhere.

-The filmmaker/institution that is submitting the film must own the rights to do so and is responsible for the content they are providing. By entering your film for consideration for the festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein.

- Only completed entries will be processed and considered for screening.
- Only completed films may be submitted and will be considered.
- Should your film be selected, you will be required to complete a submission form which should include download links and passwords so we can access the film at a later time. The programmers will contact you directly about this via email if your film is selected.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the volume of entries received, DC cannot give individual feedback on all submissions.


Entry into the festival constitutes permission to use stills, posters and excerpts and or trailers, as part of the marketing for the festival via our social media channels.

You acknowledge that no submission fee refunds (if any are asked for) are given once this application has been submitted. You also acknowledge that you will not receive any compensation for the use of your film by the cinema in accordance with the rules, terms and conditions.

Submissions without sufficient promotional details provided may not be utilised in the festival promotional output, therefore please ensure that a full film summary and poster is submitted to gain the full benefits of the exposure.

Films with graphic adult content cannot be screened (this mainly relates to pornographic content, but includes anything in extreme bad taste) and again will be disqualified.

You understand and acknowledge that, if you are under 18 years of age, your parent or guardian must agree to the terms of this Filmmaker Release on your behalf. As a Parent or Guardian of a minor filmmaker, if applicable, you understand and acknowledge that you are agreeing to the terms of this Filmmaker/Guardian/Representative Release on behalf of your child or a child for whom you are a legally designated Guardian.

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