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Free Film Festival for South Norwood & Thornton Heath London

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Residents in South Norwood and Thornton Heath are organising their own community-led free film festival to take place in the autumn of 2014 and are looking for venues and volunteers to come forward to help with the planning. The first planning meeting is on Wednesday 28 May 2014 at 7.00pm and will take place at The Thornton Heath Leisure Centre, 100 High Street, Thornton Heath CR7 8LF.

Since March this year, Free Film Festivals have already taken place in Camberwell, New Cross and Deptford and another is currently running in Herne Hill until the end of May. The Peckham and Nunhead festival which is in its fifth year takes place in September.

Anyone who wants to be a part of the South Norwood and Thornton Heath (SNATH) Free Film Festival can help by hosting a screening, being a sponsor, being a steward at event, help with the planning which includes marketing and press, sourcing venues and a number of other things.

The aim of free film festivals is to bring people together from across the community to enjoy a film and celebrate their local area. The universal appeal of film makes it the perfect medium to make this happen.

All of the festivals are run entirely by volunteers and the costs – such as licences to screen the films – are covered by partnerships with other local organisations.

This meeting is to set up a planning team who will organise and manage the running of the festival in South Norwood and Thornton Heath and to decide on the programme which will also target young people in the area.

Information and activities about the festival will be available from the website

There are now four established Free Film Festivals in Peckham & Nunhead, Camberwell, Herne Hill and New Cross & Deptford, with new festivals being planned for later this year in South Norwood & Thornton Heath, London Fields and Westminster. If you want to include your local area as well please get in touch.

‘We want people to come forward to and be part of this exciting event. Whether you want to host a film, sponsor, help with marketing, take part in the film competition come along and be part of the team and help to make it happen’ says Roney Henderson of Free Film Festivals.

If you have any suggestions, would like to volunteer for an existing festival or even set up your own festival please get in touch through our website

Notes to editors:

Free Film Festivals is a constituted not-for-profit community group, formed in 2010. The group wants to promote the idea of free film festivals and encourage their development in other areas too. They intend to run free film festivals each year in South London and further afield.


Roney Henderson


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