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 types of people 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 on the 16th June to help you create your movies and connect with other filmmakers. This will all be released on our Twitter Instagram and website and they will be taking place at least once a month from February.

The festival will be held on the the 22nd and 23rd June at The Barking Broadway Theatre, just a 5 minute walk from Barking station, where we held our women in TV and Film event. The day 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!

ALL filmmakers will receive a FREE 6 month subscription to Backstage

WINNERS will receive FREE casting with Backstage for LIFE

Final Draft 10 subscription

Mentoring and meetings with top industry professionals:

Short film
BAFTA winning Writer and producer of hit Channel 4 show; Jonathan Brackley

Short documentary:
EMMY-nominated documentary filmmaker Sophie Robinson who's documentary 'My Beautiful Brain' is currently showing on Netflix
4 times award winner, and producer of 'The black tapes' documentary filmmaker Goran Olsson

Short Animation

Grand Jury:
Choice of 5 mentors listed in the other categories
Plus Final Draft 11, Adobe Premiere, FREE Backstage casting for life, a screening of their film and an award ceremony presented by an industry professional

Two winners. One guaranteed from Barking and Dagenham in each category

MORE prizes will be announced

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 suitable for a 12A audience
Films must be under 20 minutes
Only those from Barking and Dagenham can submit under that category
Festival is open worldwide, although meetings will take place in London. If you are abroad however, we will arrange Skype calls.