Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival returns in September

Katherine Johnston (26 August, 2020)

Volunteers are running online screenings and smaller, socially distanced events

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The Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival will go ahead next month with a new online offering and series of socially distanced events.

The volunteer-run community event is returning for its latest outing from September 3 to 13 with a new online offering and a series of mini, socially distanced events.

“It’s strange to think that just last year we were celebrating our tenth annual festival and attracting big crowds to screenings in places like the Old Waiting Room at Peckham Station and Nunhead Cemetery”, says joint coordinator Ann Lazim.

“The world has become a very different place since then. We may not be able to bring people together at physical events this year, but we can still offer lots of wonderful shared experiences, with online screenings, workshops and special Q&A sessions”.

This year a curated programme of short films will be available online throughout the festival, including 1500 and Counting. First released in July, 2019, the film is now on a virtual tour of screenings in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Local film maker Tianna Banton will be screening her short film The Closer I get to You.

Community groups and familiar faces involved in this year’s line-up include Women in Film SE15, who will be collaborating with Leeds Animation Workshop, and Nunhead’s Elvis – as featured regularly in the News.

The festival is also partnering with Afro hair destination Peckham Palms for an online screening of award winning film Rafiki.

“We’re not usually an online screening festival so it’s been a steep learning curve figuring out what we’re able to do and how to shape this year’s event,” Neal Browne, another organiser.

“Especially as, like everyone else, our volunteers have faced work and personal challenges over the last six months”.

For more information including the full line-up visit: www.freefilmfestivals.org/filmfestival/peckham-nunhead/

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