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Hollywood comes to Hammersmith - October 6, 2016

 

Hammersmith welcomed its first ever community film festival in September!

The festival took place on 22 September at the Lyric theatre’s new cinema and provided a showcase for the community organisations of Hammersmith.

25 films ranging from 2 to 20 minutes were presented reflecting the energy and diversity of Hammersmith’s community and its voluntary sector.

All the films have been made by local organisations or are about the work they do. The films provided an insight into the issues faced by local people and the commitment and tenacity shown by them and by volunteers and professionals working with them to overcome those issues.

But the films are also celebratory – we see Hammersmith residents enjoying sport, theatre, conversation and the company of their neighbours. We hear from local people old and young about the very special spaces and places which make up Hammersmith and we got a glimpse of the extent of the talent and experience which makes up our local area.

Speaking at the launch of the festival, Melanie Nock, Head of community partnerships at HUC said;

“We are very excited by this festival. Groups we fund often send us short films about their work and I have long thought they deserved a wider audience. In bringing them together like this, for local people to enjoy in the great setting of the Lyric’s new cinema, we are able to show a local audience just how vibrant this area is. Putting together the programme has been moving and exhilarating. We are enormously looking forward to seeing this work on the big screen. “

A number of films were also awarded a certificate in different categories by the Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham.

Category Nominees Winner
Best reflection of Hammersmith the place Masbro Carnival

Tales of the Thames Path

Life Afloat

Tales of the Thames Path
Best performance What we call home

Pirates in purgatory

Bolder not Older

 

Pirates in purgatory
Best campaign International Womens Day

Crosslight

Prejudice and Us

Prejudice and us
Happiest celebration 30 years Hammersmith community Gardens

W12 Festival

Solidarity Sports fifth birthday

Solidarity Sports Fifth Birthday
Best community film London sports Trust

Wind of Change

Shepherds Bush Family project

Shepherds Bush Family Project
Producers choice Get your switch on

Internship programme at GSK

About the play association

Get your switch on

The festival was a great success; the audience very much appreciated seeing films reflecting so many different organisations and activities. We will continue the film festival as a “virtual” festival by setting up a youtube channel for it, which will be announced shortly on our website.

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