Walthamstow International Film Festival 2018


 Nine Years of Screening Shorts

Walthamstow International Film Festival 2018.

The festival, now in its ninth year supports film-makers from the borough and annually showcases local submissions alongside those from international peers in the following genres: Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Animation, Silent Films and has had a Young Person’s category for those making their first film.

The festival is open for submissions until 30th April 2018 and will screen its programme at The BFI (details T.B.C.), The Empire Walthamstow, The Vestry House Museum and Mirth Marvel and Maude in the borough’s Hoe Street.


Four judges from the world of Directing, Distribution, Education and Journalism.

The line up for The International Film this year are Barry Bliss, Film Director, local resident and campaigner for a permanent monument to Walthamstow’s Silent Film Studios in Wood Street.
Former Walthamstow resident and current BFI Director of Young People’s Film Education and Festivals, Noel Goodwin also returns as a judge this year. Noel champions finding young talent in film-making and has supported film-makers in the borough from previous years.

Hassan Varda, Walthamstow filmmaker and artist, who runs art workshops in the borough and at the Tate Modern. Also, he is a past winner of the Walthamstow International Film Festival.

Ian McLeod from the Empire Cinemas Group is normally founded judging films to show in the company’s 186 screens in 18 cinemas across the United Kingdom. This year Ian returns as judge as the Empire group expands its reach across the UK and broadens the films on view to Walthamstow audiences.

Walthamstow Resident Daisy Allsop is a freelance writer, producer, script editor, story producer and acquisitions consultant. Daisy was a founder of Stellar Network UK, a membership organisation connecting professionals in film, television and theatre.