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The Best British Film Festivals

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 by Amy Maslin Comment (0) »

http://www.vimeo.com/12333129Forget Glastonbury, forget Bestival, the best festivals this year are going to be Film Festivals. With new festivals joining the circuit every year choosing the right one can be hard, so here is an easy guide to the best, the brilliant and the beautiful.

Best Inclusive – London Short Film Festival

Since 2008 the LSFF has grown to occupies multiple venues around London from 7th – 16th January and offers a massive range of genres. Holding nights such as ‘Lo Budget Mayhem’ and ‘Midnight Movies’, the festival has gathered shining reviews and legions of followers.

Best Boutique – Portobello Film Festival

Established back in 1996, the Portobello Film Festival has slowly but surely built up a loyal following, however this year it will take on a new dimension by teaming up with Portobello Pop Up. The outdoor, non-profit ‘microplex’ cinema will appear in the centre of Portobello and play host to a variety of films.

Best Niche – London Iranian Film Festival

New niche festivals appear every year, yet the London Iranian Film Festival has hit the ground running after having such a successful first year. With an aim to bring Iranian films to a wider audience, the festival resists the opportunity to become elitist. Welcoming to everybody, this festival proves to be the one to watch.

Best Classic – BFI London Film Festival

The BFI is one of the most respected film bodies around, so their film festival is sure to follow suit. Currently in its 55th year, the festival has attracted some of the biggest names in film over the years. Although tickets can sometimes be a battle, they are definitely worth it.

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