The Charlton & Woolwich Free Film Festival is getting bigger and better with 18 film screenings and a variety of amazing themed events!

The Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival, now in its second year, will see 18 films screened at unusual local venues across SE7 and SE18 including Garrison Church, Charlton House and Stables, schools, clubs, market halls and community Arts cafes.

From Hollywood blockbusters to cult favourites and vintage classics to cartoons and documentaries, the packed programme promises to provide something for everyone to enjoy. The prestigious short film competition will this year have a prize sponsored by Rockwell Property, a leading mixed-use developer working to enhance, grow and build thriving communities for long-term sustainable living.

The festival was established by an enthusiastic group of volunteers, brought together by Gavin Eastley to bring film to all corners of the local community; make the experience of cinema accessible to everyone, introduce people to films they might not otherwise cross paths with and create interesting community events with local venues and interest groups. 

Volunteer Sonia Maloney comments:

It’s great to be part of such a fabulous film festival taking off in our neighbourhood, and lovely to see people enjoying themselves and getting involved in exciting events. All good for the heart and soul. This year I will immersing myself in Suffragette, with tea and cakes from the Woolwich and Plumstead Roses WI in the Rugby hut Plumstead Common on Sunday 10th September, and becoming all things Frida Kahlo at Artfix on Wednesday 13th September. Can’t wait!

Thanks to Rockwell Property, the short film festival has grown in size and quality and is led by our energetic and now goggle-eyed Celso Lopez, who has curated and watched over 500 short films in the short-listing process. The finale on Thursday will be judged live on the night by the audience using their mobile phones.

Donal Mulryan,Founder of Rockwell Property, comments:

The Film Festival is a fun and inspiring event for Charlton and Woolwich and a fantastic way to showcase exceptional talent in the local community. At Rockwell Property we are delighted to sponsor this year’s festival and to provide a prize for the Short Film competition. We firmly believe that it is the local community that brings a place to life and we are proud to provide our support to the many volunteers who work so hard throughout the year to put on this event. We hope that it is once again a huge success and we greatly look forward seeing the entries to this year’s competition.

The programme starts with a big opening on Friday 8th September at 8pm, with Star Wars: Rogue One at Building 10 in the Royal Arsenal and closes with a vintage classic and a rockin’ sing-a-long to Grease on Saturday 16th September.

Gavin Eastley, organizer of the festival, comments:

The Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival is a self-organising community phenomenon.  One minute you’re attending your first meeting, the next you’re running your own event.  A Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival event is a collaboration between venue/location, film/audience and volunteers.  Together we create a unique cultural and local experience.  So, if you know of a rooftop or an abandoned building or a piece of waste ground that inspires you to think of a film you can make that happen in 2018 with us.  This year come along to “Hidden Figures” at Thorntree Primary School or “Dirty Dancing” at The Stables or “Frida” at Art Fix.

The Charlton and Woolwich film festival has this year been made possible by generous venues like the Garrison Church, The White Swan, Building 10, the Stables, Art fix and the Greenwich Rugby Club.

We are continuing to welcome enthusiastic volunteers to our troupe, so anyone who would like to get involved in any of our current events: preparing for them, promoting them, projecting them, presenting them or picking up after them – will gain a warm fuzzy feeling of achievement, get front row seats as part of the projection team and might even learn new skills and gain new friends.

About Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival

This year we have been generously supported by:

The festival’s volunteers are very grateful to all the venues for hosting screenings and to audiences for their kind donations. All donations and support helps us pay for film licenses, equipment and bigger and better events in future. We very much welcome new sponsors and supporters with cash, goods or venues to spare for this festival and future CWFFF events please contact: [email protected]

Getting involved

If you would like to get involved please contact Gavin Eastley on 07882 881 715 or by email at [email protected].

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For general enquiries, please contact us at [email protected].