London Borough of Culture 2019, Waltham Forest
In 2019, a new community film festival, Leytonstone Loves Film, celebrated the cinematic heritage of east London’s Leytonstone, a site of early film production. Over two days, more than 8,000 people came together for a wide range of cinematic experiences.
Featuring 130 films, the programme ranged from new releases and arthouse cinema to family films and locally made work. Some were shown in cinemas while others were screened in places you wouldn’t necessarily expect, including a local church, a carpark and a pub. The entire programme was free and films were accompanied by workshops as well as other activities.
Brought to you by a growing collective of local filmmakers, film exhibitors and film enthusiasts, more than 30 local programming partners have contributed to Leytonstone Loves Film since it began, including E17 films; We Are Parable; Women Over Fifty Film Festival Forest Film Club, Apne Film Club, Leytonstone Pop Up Film Club, Last Frame Film Club and more. Barbican produce the festival, working in partnership with the London Borough of Waltham Forest. We help foster connections between local partners, supporting their work to reach new audiences.
Inspired by the bold ideas and creativity of communities, we believe in working with our neighbours across east London, and learning together to develop inclusive and sustainable projects and networks.
Working year-round, Beyond Barbican builds relationships and connections with, and between, local partners, creating space for people with different skills, backgrounds and expertise to come together to realise creative projects in their neighbourhoods.