Portobello Film Festival (28th Aug – 15th Sep)

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Portobello film festival is celebrating its 18th birthday this year in true rock and roll style.

The UK’s largest independent film festival screens a wealth of feature length films, shorts and documentaries, with desirable prizes handed out to those deemed the best in show.

All events are free to enter and kick off with an Opening Extravaganza at the Louis T Blouin institute featuring an urban art show from top UK street artists and the premiere of Phil Strongman’s Malcolm McLaren Situationist biography Anarchist.

The latest independent films from London will feature at the Pop Up Cinema whilst the best in world cinema will be shown at Westbourne Studios. There is even a master class in street art and new technology showing all aspiring filmmakers how to bring their ideas to life with as little as a mobile phone.

Each night explores a different theme, and over the 17 days we will see entries from multiple genres including animation, comedy, thriller, horror and music films with over 250 UK premieres and free family film blockbusters at the Pop Up on weekend afternoons.

Some of the films featured include Greg Hall’s Kickstarter success Communion (read our review here), Dean Puckett’s Grasp The Nettle and Ray Wilkes’ feature length debut Molly Crows  (watch the trailer here)

The Grand Awards Ceremony will be held on the 15th September with a special prize of £1000 for the Best London Movie.

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For further information visit http://www.portobellofilmfestival.com/ and keep a look out for the full programme. Guaranteed to be fun for the whole family and supporting independent films the world over this is one event not to be missed.

Katie Hall is the assistant editor at Critics Associated.