Big Issue film Festival

The Big Issue Film Festival is the only short film festival in London dedicated to promoting new filmmakers' talent and helping them reach a wider audience, with one vital ingredient - entries must be a comment on the society we live in. Social issues are often neglected by an industry obsessed by glamour and wealth. Previous entrants to this event (now in its 3rd year) have focused on subjects such as homelessness, childhood and memories of a much-missed family member, and have impressed both judges and audiences with innovative cost-cutting techniques that really do prove the adage, where there's a will, there's a way. This year's event will be hosted by The Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square on 22-24th November 2004. This year judges will include Michael Deeley - Oscar winning producer, Dougray Scott - actor, Jenny Agutter - actress, Matt Ford - editor of Big Issue, Jane Mote - Controller of Community Channel, Simon Young - Head of Sales & Acquisitions at Britshorts, David Peet - Interim Chief Executive of Big Issue Foundation. The 2003 event was won by Sam Huntley, a completely self-taught filmmaker from London. His moving tribute to his grandfather impressed judges with its slick editing. Michael Deeley underlines the opportunity the festival presents, "The Big Issue Film Festival offers a real shot for starting up filmmakers to get into movies professionally. Films will be seen by influential members of the film and TV industries and, if the talent is there, it will be recognised." The project is entirely self-funding. All the organisers are volunteers from within the Big Issue organisation and other companies/organisation have donated services and advice free of charge. Anyone looking to offer support to the event should contact or call 020 7526 3252. Anyone looking to submit a film should check out the entry criteria on


Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Place
United Kingdom