Bluebird Pictures is hosting their second World Cinema Film Festival in June 2019

Open to all, but with a special discount for Barking and Dagenham residents we are opening up more categories this year. Submit your short film, documentary or animation under 20 minutes on the theme 'what does culture mean to you?'

This is to celebrate the many different communities that reside in our thriving part of London, where an amazing 137 different languages are spoken.

Culture could mean many things, whether this is your favourite genre of music, a traditional custom from your country, or growing up in London. Get creative with what culture means to you. The TV and film industry needs YOUR stories.

Bluebird Pictures will be hosting an array of masterclasses and workshops in the borough on the build up to the festival in June 2019 to help you create your movies and connect with other filmmakers. This will all be released on our Twitter Instagram.

The festival will be held on the the 22nd and 23rd June at The Barking Broadway Theatre. The two days will consist of several screenings of critically acclaimed short films from around the world that represent the different cultures in the area. We will also have guest speakers, including industry professionals and filmmakers, as well as an opportunity to feast on local cuisine from local businesses. A summer festival atmosphere that will allow attendees to pick and choose which talks and screenings they attend, while networking with other creatives and trying out new food and drink. At the end of the festival we will have an award ceremony for our winners.

You can now purchase tickets to the festival itself held on the 22nd and 23rd June in Dagenham, East London, here:

Final Draft 11
Free casting with Backstage for life
Meetings with the following -
Jonathan Brackley, Writer and Producer (BAFTA winning channel 4 show HUMANS)
Suzanne Smith, Casting Director (Outlander, Boys Don't Cry, Deja Vu, Sex and the City)
Rebecca Johnson, Writer and Director (The Rook, Honeytrap, Supergirl and The Magicians)
Kat Buckle, Literary agent (Curtis Brown)
Fabian Wagner, Cinematographer (Game of Thrones, Justice League)

Final Draft 11
Free casting with Backstage for life
Meetings with the following -
Sophie Robinson, Emmy nominated filmmaker and producer (My Beautiful Brain 'Netflix', Mumford and Sons; We Wrote this Yesterday)
Goran Olsson, award winning documentary filmmaker (The Black Power Mixtape 1967 - 1975, Concerning Violence and Am I Black Enough For You?)
Deepa Keshvala, Cinematographer (music videos: Jorja Smith, Ray Blk, commericals: Burberry and Adidas)
Joelle Bertossa, Producer (I Am Not Your Negro, A Skin So Soft, Sam)
Tim Cragg, Cinematographer (Sundance winning film Three Identical Strangers)

Final Draft 11
Free casting with Backstage for life
Meetings with the following -
Jellyfish Pictures (London based winners will receive a tour of the studio followed by a meeting with on of their animators. International winners will receive a Skype call and review of their work)
Suz Loshin, Development and New Media Manager at Pixar (Incredibles 2, Cars 3, Finding Dory and Brave)
Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek, Writers (Disney's live action movie Mulan)
Art Director Ryan Jefferson Hays (Aquaman, Ghost in the Shell, Guardians of the Galaxy)


Our previous events and training have included casting director for Beauty and the Beast Lucy Bevan, King Arthur producer Steve Clark-Hall, BAFTA winning actress Georgina Campbell, Harlots and Black Mirror actress Holli Dempsey, founder of Chocolate Films Rachel Wang, literary agent at Curtis Brown Kat Buckle, talent agent at Independent Sarah Camlett, Equity equality and diversity officer Ian Manborde, producer Nicky Bentham, Meg Davies, owner of Ki agency, casting director for Good Will Hunting Suzanne Smith... and many many more!

Films must be under 20 minutes
Only those from Barking and Dagenham can submit under that category. You CANNOT enter if you are not from this area and we will be verifying, so please be fair to the festival and submit in the correct category
Festival is open worldwide, although meetings will take place in London. If you are abroad however, we will arrange Skype calls.

*Barking and Dagenham residents have been given a fee waiver code for the first 15 submissions by the council please email us for the code ONLY if one of your core team members resides in the East London borough*

Good luck!

Overall Rating
  • Emma Edwards

    A great festival celebrating culture from around the world. Providing industry networking opportunities and insightful talks, World Cinema Film Festival is a delight of a film festival.

    July 2019