Open City Documentary Festival

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Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space in London to nurture and champion the art of non-fiction cinema. Based at the UCL Centre for Public Anthropology, we deliver training programmes, an annual documentary festival, the bi-annual Non-Fiction journal and events throughout the year that aim to challenge and expand the idea of documentary in all its forms.

Open City Documentary Festival seeks to nurture experimentation within the expanded field of non-fiction cinema, from artists’ moving image to documentary, the essay film, audio and cross-media works. In conceiving the festival as a discursive space, we intend to provoke dialogue, creation and research through the collective participation in screenings and events. Some of the artists and filmmakers screened at the festival in recent years include Luke Fowler, Kazuo Hara, Laura Huertas Millán, Onyeka Igwe, Naomi Kawase, Zhao Liang, Simon Liu, Rosine Mbakam, Pablo Álvarez Mesa, Miko Revereza, Jessica Sarah Rinland, Renate Sami, Haneda Sumiko, Alia Syed, Anya Tsyrlina, Ana Vaz and Morgan Quaintance.

Non-Fiction is a journal from Open City Documentary Festival. The publication was launched in 2020 with the aim to create a space for considered, critical and creative writing on non-fiction, featuring contributions offered in response to moving image, audio or cross-media, both contemporary and historical. The first two issues (#1 Power and #2 Network) were edited by Matt Turner and published in print form. In 2021, Non-Fiction moved online in order to be more widely accessible. We aim to publish two issues a year, each edited by a different guest editor. Non-Fiction #3 The Living Journal is edited by Olivier Marboeuf and Ana Vaz. Non-Fiction #4 Peculiar Forms is edited by Aily Nash.

Website: opencitylondon.com

GMAC Film

Established as a charity in 1982, GMAC Film is an open access media centre that delivers a creative and artistic programme for all people, regardless of age, background or income to acquire the skills, knowledge, resources and confidence to realise their ambitions in film and elsewhere in the creative sector. GMAC Film believes that by removing barriers to participation it can contribute to the gradual and genuine increase in the equality, diversity and inclusivity of the screen and other creative sectors in Scotland.
Website: gmacfilm.com

Media Reform Coalition

The Media Reform Coalition was set up in September 2011 in the wake of the UK media’s phone-hacking crisis. Since then, it has sought to coordinate effective development of the debate around media regulation, ownership and democracy among civil society groups, academics, campaigners and citizens.

We work with partner groups and support individuals to produce research and to organise campaigning activities aimed at creating a media system that operates in the public interest. The Media Reform Coalition is committed to:

  • Supporting media pluralism
  • Defending ethical journalism
  • Protecting investigative and local journalism.

Blunt Edge Films


Blunt Edge Films is the creative arm of Operation Emotion and aims to promote equality
within society for those who are marginalised, devalued and without a voice. We have had a
long association with the cooperative movement producing films that speak truth to power,
both here and in Eastern Europe.
Blunt Edge Films involves a range of creative professionals with a background in film
production. Blunt Edge Films provides creative opportunities and the technical knowhow
for men who have been sexually abused to tell their stories using film. We want to shine a
light into the penumbra world of sexual abuse to help prevent and eradicate this serious
problem within society.
Our work with film is about challenging the status quo as part of a wider approach to
making social change happen, by empowering working class communities to speak out.
We know that the stories of ordinary working people often lack opportunity but they are
the most engaging, they are rich in content and are full of inspiration.

Website: operationemotion.co.uk

Birds’ Eye View

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Birds’ Eye View (BEV) is a not-for-profit organisation that centres the female perspective in film and campaigns for gender equality in all film spaces. We see ourselves as inclusive – not just for women, but for everyone. Read more

Film Strike For Climate

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Film Strike for Climate is a grassroots movement of filmmakers who share the purpose of realising the Film and TV industry’s maximum socio-ecological impact potential, through sustainable production, campaigning and storytelling.

Film Strike aims to unite film and television institutions worldwide under three proposals:

• Create more stories with a real socio-ecological impact.
• Lead by example by promoting sustainability in production management.
• Unite during days of solidarity in support of Greta Thunberg’s Youth Strike for Climate movement, demanding appropriate action, as well as financial incentives to fulfil our first goal at a global scale.

Website: filmstrikeforclimate.org

CY Film Productions

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CY Film Productions is an inventive, indigenous and unique filmmaking production company focusing on in creating outstanding films. Founded by award winning UK filmmaker Chester Yang. The company works with a variety of professionals and new talents across the filmmaking spectrum in the UK, Spain, Germany and Sierra Leone to make documentaries and entertaining feature films for TV, Cinema and VOD.

CY Films is interested in telling stories about characters that are doomed by their environment, but are striving to break through the complicated web of the precarious world they find themselves in. CY’s characters have to live for something deep within the meaning of their lives. They have to be strong, interesting, compassionate, skilled, relentless, loving, fierce and will rise above all odds to becoming what they want to be.

Over the past eighteen years, Chester Yang, the founder, producer and director of CY Films have trained, worked and made dozens of films for the TV and online market. Between 2011 to date, CY Films fully registered with Company house to produce four feature documentaries, several short drama films and online videos. His feature documentary films, War Matters in 2013, Kettling of the Voices in 2015 featured in several film festivals around the world, sold to TV and VOD. His recent films, Sierra Leone’s Disgruntled Youths and Cycling Nomads are presently being packaged for festival and sales distribution. CY Films is presently developing four feature film projects for cinema and a series for TV and VOD.

Website: cyfilmproductions.com

Auto Italia

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Auto Italia is an artist run organisation that commissions and produces new work – collaborating directly with emerging artists. Founded in 2007, it aims to provide a framework for developing alternative approaches to production and exhibition formats.

Auto Italia is currently run by Edward Gillman (Director), Deborah Joyce Holman (Associate Director) and Poppy Moroney (Programme Manager) with support from Georgina Rowlands (Production and Communications Intern).

The team work with support from the board of trustees: Kate Cooper, Mary Cork, Ali Eisa, Cécile B Evans, Marianne Forrest, Katie Guggenheim, Lorna Gemmell, Lynn Hanna, Beatrice Pembroke and Ben Vickers.

Throughout Auto Italia’s history, the organisation has been led by an evolving group of collaborating artist directors: Marleen Boschen (2014-16), Kate Cooper (founding member, 2007-2019), Amanda Dennis (founding member, 2007-2012), Marianne Forrest (2011-2019), Richard John Jones (2009-2012) and Rachel Pimm (founding member, 2007-2009).

Website: autoitaliasoutheast.org

Black Shuck

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Black Shuck is a co-operative that produces moving image, audio and digital projects.

It is owned equally by all of its members who support each other to produce work, learn new skills, earn a fair wage, and provide affordable services.

Website: blackshuck.co

The Machine That Kills Bad People

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The Machine That Kills Bad People is, of course, the cinema – a medium that is so often and so visibly in service of a crushing status quo but which, in the right hands, is a fatal instrument of beauty, contestation, wonder, politics, poetry, new visions, testimonies, histories, dreams. It is also a film club devoted to showing work – ‘mainstream’ and experimental, known and unknown, historical and contemporary – that takes up this task. The group borrowed their name from the Roberto Rossellini film of the same title, and find inspiration in the eclectic juxtapositions of Amos Vogel’s groundbreaking New York film society Cinema 16.

The Machine That Kills Bad People is held bi-monthly in the ICA Cinema and is programmed by Erika Balsom, Beatrice Gibson, Maria Palacios Cruz and Ben Rivers.

Website: ica.art

Liberated Film Club


The Liberated Film Club began as a pirate DVD / USB company, issuing irregular mail-order catalogues of films otherwise unobtainable (an activity which it maintains).

The Liberated Film Club went on to host a regular event at Close-Up Film Centre in London: a guest was invited to introduce a film and neither they nor the audience knew the film which was screening.

Guests included John Akomfrah (who spoke about the thing beyond hope), Laura Mulvey (who spoke about the shoes clapping at the bridge of the nose), Tony Grisoni (who spoke about Technicolour blue), Dennis Cooper (who spoke about what he’d been doing recently, and how much he hated The Lighthouse), Xiaolu Guo (who spoke about Sylvia Plath’s suicide deployed by China’s censors) and Gideon Koppel (who said nothing and made mayonnaise).

In 2019 the Liberated Film Club established a strand parallel to its ‘hidden’ programme: announcing unique director / collective surveys, shaming the institution for its inhibition and cynicism. This launched across London (and Cambridge) with the most complete international survey of films by Pere Portabella to date.

Website: liberatedfilm.club

Four Corners

Four Corners films promote talent and participation, and the production of art that challenges and inspires.

Website: fourcornersfilm.co.uk

Independent Film Trust

The Independent Film Trust, exists to advance the cause of independent filmmaking by uncovering new stories, empowering new voices and developing new audiences. We advocate for more diversity and representation in the film industry, amplifying stories that explore new ideas challenge audiences and inspire empathy.

Website: independentfilmtrust.org

Screen Argyll: Sea Change

Sea Change provides a dedicated space for women in the industry to develop professionally and personally. Set on the beautiful and remote island of Tiree, time away from your inbox will bring fresh air and insight to your immediate and distant horizons.

Website: screenargyll.co.uk/sea-change

51zero

51zero presents a biennial festival of international moving image and contemporary art in Kent, England. It presents artists, musicians and filmmakers whose production is between contemporary art and cinema, operating on a local and international level. The festival will continue to develop the discussion around the existing structures and systems in which art is made, shown and discussed.

51zero is embedded in the area and takes its name from the geographical coordinates of Medway, at the same time, it focuses on international collaboration and cultural exchange. Working from within the region of Kent as the project’s base, 51zero presents programmes of exhibitions, events, projects and touring activities through partnership and co-production with cultural organisations in the UK and overseas.

Website: 51zero.org

Club Des Femmes

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Club des Femmes is a queer feminist collective founded by Selina Robertson and Sarah Wood in 2007. We curate film screenings and events. Our mission is to offer a freed up space for the re-examination of ideas through art. In the age of the sound-bite, Club des Femmes is a much needed open platform for more radical contextualisation and forward-looking future vision: a chance to look beyond the mainstream.

Website: clubdesfemmes.com

Otherfield Festival

Otherfield is a unique film festival bringing together new talent and established documentarians for a weekend of conversation and debate.

Website: twitter.com/otherfieldfilm

Novara Media

Novara Media is an independent media organisation addressing the issues that are set to define the 21st century, from a crisis of capitalism to racism and climate change. Within that context its goal is a simple one: to tell stories and provide analysis shaped by the political uncertainties of the age, elevating critical perspectives you’re unlikely to find elsewhere. Driven to build a new media for a different politics, its journalism is always politically committed; rather than seeking to moderate between two sides of a debate, Novara’s output actively intends to feed back into political action.

Website: novaramedia.com

Bristol Expanded and Experimental Film

Bristol Experimental Expanded Film (BEEF) is a film and sound collective (with an analogue heart) that has been supporting experimental practice in Bristol since 2015. BEEF provides an independent platform and much needed resource for artists’ production, distribution and critical engagement, predominantly focusing on experimental and analogue practices. BEEF members collaborate and work together to organise a regular programme of events, screenings, performances, exhibitions, residencies, and film & sound workshops.

Website: beefbristol.org

Leeds Black Film

Leeds Black Film is a community based club that provides cultural films, knowledgeable documentaries and creativity from its young filmmakers.

Website: facebook.com/LeedsBlackFilmClub

Alchemy Film & Arts


Alchemy Film & Arts is a cultural organisation invested in film as a means of generating discussion, strengthening community, and stimulating creative thought.

We bring the highest quality experimental film to Hawick and the Scottish Borders, celebrating artistic excellence through a diverse range of year-round events – including exhibitions, commissions, residencies and an internationally renowned annual film festival.

Founded in 2010 by Dr Richard Ashrowan, Alchemy has grown to be an enduring fixture in the Hawick landscape. We are one of 121 organisations to receive regular funding from Creative Scotland and the only organisation to receive such funding in the Borders. In summer 2019, we launched Film Town – a community filmmaking initiative working with local partners to deliver training and development in the form of workshops, screenings, and an open-access common room.

Website: alchemyfilmandarts.org.uk

Gentle/Radical

Gentle/Radical is an artist-run project, we’re interested in change and our starting point is culture. From culture we connect politics, community and social justice, building projects from the ground up. We live in Wales. We believe in the power of small nations. And we want to create art from spaces of equity and solidarity. These are lofty ideals, easy to speak and harder to uphold in practice.

We started a grassroots Film Club back in 2004. Founded by our Director, the Film Club has been organising ground-up, accessible screenings for over 14 years, working in familiar community settings, and hosting spaces to talk about our lives, histories and struggles, through film. We show the best of international independent cinema to those who rarely access it, can’t afford it, or don’t feel arthouse or mainstream cultural spaces take them into account as audiences. We don’t like to use the term ‘world cinema’, but we do show films made by some of the most interesting and radical international film makers on the planet.

Website: gentleradical.org/projects/film-club

One World Media

One World Media is a non-profit organisation that supports international journalism and promotes media coverage of global issues. For 30 years we have been working with partners in the UK and internationally to enable media that informs and connects the world’s people.

One World Media’s mission is to support strong vibrant and independent media that empowers citizens, promotes justice and contributes to international development. We believe that the media can be a powerful force for good. It provides valuable information, increases cultural understanding and contributes to global fairness and justice. Our vision is of a world where every country has free and plural media providing accurate information and high-quality content.

Website: oneworldmedia.org.uk

Blanche Pictures

Esther Johnson (MA Royal College of Art) is an artist and filmmaker working with moving image, audio and photography. In 2012 she won the Philip Leverhulme Research Prize for Performing and Visual Arts.

Working at the intersection of artist moving image and documentary, Johnson’s poetic portraits focus on marginal worlds, to reveal resonant stories that may otherwise remains hidden or ignored. Work is concerned with the effects of progress and societal change on communities, and how the universal impacts on the individual. Projects include socially engaged work that draws upon oral testimony, experience and politics. Recurring themes include social narratives, personal histories, memory and testament, heritage, folklore, regeneration, and exploration of architectural vernaculars and the inhabited environment.

Website: blanchepictures.com/

Tourist With A Typewriter

Tourist with a Typewriter is an independent documentary production company dedicated to creative human rights and social justice films. It was founded in 2004 by filmmakers Saeed Taji Farouky and Gareth Keogh in order to tell challenging, immersive, humanistic stories. Our award-winning documentaries look behind the obvious sensationalism of daily news and ask how individual lives fit into the bigger picture.

Transit Arts

Transit Arts

Transit Arts is an itinerant organisation for the exhibition of artists’ moving image, working through public screening programmes and experimental publishing. Programme partners have included: ATLAS ArtsCCA GlasgowGlasgow Film TheatreGlasgow Short Film FestivalGoethe-InstitutThe Pipe FactoryRadical Film NetworkScalaramaScottish Contemporary Art NetworkSouthside Film FestivalTyneside Cinema.

Transit Arts is organised by curator and researcher Marcus Jack. Jack’s research is particularly concerned with place-making, narrative, labour, and the conditions around production. He is an AHRC-funded PhD candidate at the Glasgow School of Art and University of Stirling, looking at the histories of artists’ moving image in Scotland since 1960.

Website: transitarts.co.uk

ChalChitra Abhiyaan

ChalChitra Abhiyaan is a film and media collective based out of Western Uttar Pradesh in India.

The collective produces a range of video formats like documentary films, news features, interviews and live broadcasts. We try to bring to the fore local issues that concern different marginalised communities in their own voices. Issues that are often glossed over by the mainstream media because of corporate control, the stranglehold of strong political parties or caste, class, religious and gender biases.

Part of our endeavour and a very important aspect of ChalChitra Abhiyaan’s work is to train people from local communities to tell their own stories through videos. These stories are evolving into a movement to challenge the propaganda machinery that’s constantly dividing communities. We also organise film screenings of a range of films on different socio-political issues. There is a treasure of such incredible films, both documentaries and fiction, but they rarely make it beyond select circles. In trying to build such spaces, ChalChitra Abhiyaan seeks to contribute to a larger progressive cultural movement.

We see ourselves as not just a media organisation but also as a film collective and a cultural collective. For us, ‘Counter culture is people’s culture.’

Website: chalchitraabhiyaan.com

Grasp the Nettle Films

Based in London and Devon, Grasp the Nettle Films is a collaboration between Writer / Director Dean Puckett and Producer Rebecca Wolff. ‘For action is the life of all, and if thou dost not act, thou dost nothing’ (Gerrard Winstanley, The Diggers, 1649).

Website: graspthenettlefilm.com

Ross Domoney

Ross Domoney is a multi award winning freelance film-maker from the UK who is currently based in London. His documentary work focuses on social/human right issues, urban geography, character lead narratives and the affect of political protest on cities, authorities and underground movements. Ross studied at the London College of Communication, completing a degree in photojournalism and went onto study documentary film making at the National Film and Television School. His work has been published by the Guardian, ITV, Al Jazeera, Field of Vision, The Intercept, BBC2, The Wall Street Journal, Evening Standard, The Daily Mirror, TimeOut, Foto8 and The Discovery Channel to name a few.

Website: ross-domoney.com

Worcester Radical Films

WoRFS was set up in 2014 to bring the highlights of the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival to Worcestershire. Since then WoRFs has worked with community groups, campaign groups, businesses, the university, council, and trade unions to bring vibrant debate and challenging film to the heart of Worcestershire.

Our mission is to provide a space for exciting, challenging and inspiring films that question the status quo. Our screenings confront political and social issues head-on, opening up new perspectives, encouraging debate, inspiring further investigation and demanding action.

Website: worfs.org.uk

Eclectic Films

Eclectic Films is set up to produce and distribute film and video work of a distinctive and innovative nature that owes more to the artistic and aesthetic merits of a European cinematic culture rather than those of Hollywood. Eclectic Films believes that British cinema can and must be different; and that the difference must encompass a world cinematic view. It should know and appreciate the world’s most poignant film movements and embrace them, it must also welcome those defining filmic moments from the past and the present and be motivated by them. It must also have the confidence to inspire its audience to move forward. We believe the audience will understand and welcome a fresh cinematic view of the world, for it now knows that cinema is a view, not a reality or fantasy. Eclectic Films has been formed out of a shared interest in producing challenging and innovative works for the screen.

Website: eclecticfilms.co.uk

Maple Indie Media

Maple Indie Media was founded in order to be an extra eye on activities in and around the anti-fracking movement on Preston New Road and beyond.

Website: mapleindiemedia.co.uk

Frank Brazil

A UK distributor for films by independent documentary film makers and activists from India. We aim to encourage South to South conversations to facilitate the building of knowledge systems outside of western hegemony and are particularly interested in presenting rare and challenging work to a wider audience.

Website: frankbrazil.org

Fugitive Images

Fugitive Images was founded in 2009 by Andrea Luka Zimmerman and Lasse Johansson, and since 2013 is run by Andrea Luka Zimmerman and David Roberts. Fugitive Images is an artist’s initiative that is in particular concerned with the structures and production of social and public identity.

Website: fugitiveimages.org.uk

Plymouth Radical Cinema

Plymouth Radical Cinema shows films on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Devonport Live Cafe. Films begin at 7:30pm. Vegetarian food is available from 6:30pm. Screenings are free and donations are welcome.

Website: https: facebook.com/plymouthradicalcinema

Come the Revolution

Come the Revolution is a collective of curators, programmers and creatives from Bristol & Birmingham (UK) committed to exploring and challenging black life, experience and cultural expression through cinema.

The first programme of work from Come the Revolution was a series of screenings, discussions and special events reflecting on the Civil Rights movement and its icons, marking the 50th anniversary of Alex Haley’s seminal biography on Malcolm X. The strand included activity around new release Selma and a screening of Selma director Ava Duvernay’s This is the Life, which took place on 13th May, sold out Watershed cinema’s largest screen and filled the cafe bar for an after show party, with a significantly more diverse audiences than Watershed traditionally reaches.

Website: cometherev.wordpress.com

Autonomy Films

This organisation is no longer active. Autonomy Films organised a long-running series of radical film screenings in Bridport, Dorset, UK. It was associated with Wessex Solidarity, an affinity group in the South West of the UK for organisations interested in anarchism, syndicalism and direct action.

Website: wessexsolidarity.wordpress.com/?s=autonomy+films

London Community Video Archive

London Community Video Archive (LCVA) was set up to preserve and share videos made by community groups in London between 1969 and 1985. When they were first produced and screened, the videos made a major difference to many communities, highlighting injustices and untold stories on issues ranging from housing, race, gender, ageing, local activism, sex and sexuality, as well focusing on specific areas of London.

With an overriding commitment to social empowerment and to combating exclusion, ‘Community Video’ dealt with issues which still have a contemporary resonance – housing, play-space, discrimination, youth arts. This rich heritage is now under threat of disappearing, both because of the physical decay and disintegration of half-inch reel-to reel-tape, and the ageing memories of the original ‘Community Video’ practitioners.

LCVA archives and activates this history so that it can be used as a resource for contemporary debates and activism.

Website: the-lcva.co.uk

Leeds International Women’s Filmmaking Collective

The Leeds International Women’s Filmmaking Collective was launched during an event to celebrate International Women’s Day 2015. Through our workshops, we are exploring how co-creators from non-media backgrounds can combine radical filmmaking practices with open-source applications and online platforms.

We base our workshops around collective conversations and the processes of co-learning film-making, zine-making and web-based documentary methods from the ground-up. As an open and flexible collective, we invite co-creators to engage in interdisciplinary practices which capture Leeds’ strength as an international city for our interactive project Second Home: Our Here. Our collective includes (but is by no means limited to) international students, women from first and second generation migrant backgrounds and English language teachers.

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/liwfmc

Zines: https://www.flipsnack.com/leedsintwomfilmcol/

Counterstate Films

Counterstate Films is a new collaborative organisation run by Writer/Director/Producer Jonathan Hardy alongside various friends. We make various forms of moving image projects – based primarily in narrative and experimental film, but the work can take on many forms.  It’s primary aims are political and social, focussing on stories, themes and ideas around communities, gender, race, class, oppression and marginalisation which reflect the current complexities people and communities face.

We’re really passionate about making films that resonate and make a difference – films are a significant part of our activism and our radical connection to the world. Stories in literature, music and film have shown their importance again and again in revealing a truth about people and situations locally, nationally and worldwide.  Stories of people, places, events and communities can reach a profound place inside a viewer and reveal a truth about themselves or someone else, unlocking empathy and encouraging action – it’s in this spirit that we want to create more radical, social and purposeful work.

Counterstate Films is based in Bristol in the South West of the UK.

Website: counterstatefilms.co.uk

Velvet Joy Productions

Velvet Joy Productions is an independent studio based in Brighton that focuses on telling the stories of people who challenge the status quo. Set up by director/producer Paul Sng in 2015 to explore the lives and works of individuals who have been neglected, marginalised or misrepresented in mainstream media, the studio has released two feature documentaries, Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain (2015) and Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle (2017).

Website: velvetjoyproductions.com

Norwich Radical Film Festival

The Norwich Radical Film Festival was established to promote and support filmmakers locally, nationally, and internationally. If you have a story that needs telling, or are finding it hard to place the film you have already made, we are here for you.

The Norwich Radical Film Festival seeks films that are politically subversive and/or unique in form. ‘Radical’ film can encompass documentaries that seek to raise awareness of the struggles of oppressed communities, fiction that explores or questions cultural norms, or avant-garde filmmaking that challenges traditional cinematic techniques – and many more possibilities.

Website: norwichradicalfilmfestival.com

Generation Revolution

Generation Revolution

Generation Revolution brings to screen the powerful story of a new generation of black and brown activists who are changing the social and political landscape in the capital and beyond. This feature-length documentary film follows an exciting new breed of organisations as well as the young Londoners that are part of them.

The London Black Revolutionaries, or ‘Black Revs’, have a predilection for dramatic, raucous, direct action. R Movement challenge the idea of the ‘Staid and Serious’ political activist and The Black Dissidents are a new organisation intent on furthering the fight against oppression along the lines of race, class and gender.

Website: genrevfilm.com

GaiaFilm Productions

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Gaiafilm Productions was established in 2002. It is the trading name for David Griggs, working as a sole trader in documentary production, web development, participatory video, alternate reality games, art installations and other creative projects. David is a graduate of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at Manchester University.

Website: gaiafilm.net

Threshold Studios

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Established in 1998 Threshold Studios is an artists’ led organisation dedicated to opening up the arts and media industries for the under-represented voices to create a sector truly representative of our society. We ask; who gets to call themselves an artist or filmmaker? who is getting left behind? and How do we get them on board? We answer these questions with very practical production based solutions. We are currently an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

Website: thresholdstudios.tv

Rainbow Collective

Rainbow Collective

Rainbow Collective is a unique production company, formed as a social enterprise and committed to raising awareness on issues of human and childrens’ rights through powerful cinematic documentaries and have collaborated with Amnesty International, The Consortium For Street Children, War On Want, TRAID, Labour Behind The Label, International Labor Rights Forum and many others.

In addition to our own production work, we have run and facilitated numerous youth training schemes, the results of which have been screened in the House of Commons, the House of Lords, The BFI, The Equality and Human Rights Commission and at film festivals across the UK. As always, we have many new projects on the go, please visit our news page for more details.

Website: rainbowcollective.co.uk

Filming Revolution

Filming Revolution

Filming Revolution is a meta-documentary about documentary and independent filmmaking in Egypt since the revolution, bringing together the collective wisdom and creative strategies of media-makers in Egypt, before during and after the revolution. You are invited to engage with Egyptian filmmakers, artists, activists and archivists, talking about their work and their ideas about how (and whether) to make films in the time of revolution.

Website: filmingrevolution.org

The Otolith Group

Otolith Group

Founded by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun in 2002, The Otolith Group has grown as a collaborative platform that seeks to rethink the dynamics of cultural production under conditions of accelerated, unstable and precarious global conditions. Films, art works, exhibitions, curated programmes, and publications are collectively conceived by the two artists, and research forms the basis of the practice.

For over a decade, the Group have explored the moving image, the sonic and the aural and aspects of various science fictions within the gallery. Their work in particular has focused on the essay film as an expanded form that seeks to inhabit events and histories that inform our present and future.

Website: otolithgroup.org

SchMOVIES

SchMOVIES

This organisation is no longer active. 

From 2004 until 2014, SchMOVIES was the video-activist unit of the Brighton-based radical newsletter, SchNEWS. SchMOVIES  produced two feature documentaries – SchNEWS at the Ten: The Movie (2004) and On the Verge (2008) – and six DVD compilations of ‘information for action’: SchMOVIES DVD Collection (2005), V is for Video-activist (2006), Take Three (2007), Uncertified (2008) and Raiders of the Lost Archive, Vol. 1 and 2 (2008-2011).

SchMOVIES also ran regular screenings at The Cowley Club, a members’ run co-operative based in Brighton.

Smoking Dogs Films

Smoking Dogs Films

Smoking Dogs Films is the film and television production company founded in London ,1998, by three members of the acclaimed British cinecultural group Black Audio Film Collective. The founders of the company are film director John Akomfrah and producers Lina Gopaul and David Lawson.

Smoking Dogs Films was conceived to produce works of imagination and innovation within the fertile worlds of film, television and new technologies.

From its inception, Smoking Dogs Films has sought to produce challenging work on a variety of media, from 35mm to digital cinematography expanding upon the narrative possibilities of creative documentary, feature films, music videos
and art based films.

Website: smokingdogsfilms.com

Spectacle

Spectacle

Spectacle is an award winning independent television production company specialising in documentary, community-led investigative journalism and participatory media. Spectacle’s work has been broadcast and exhibited internationally.

Spectacle undertakes production, documentation and community engagement commissions, provides facilities to independent filmmakers, runs short, sharp affordable training courses and community based media workshops. As well as distributing our films we have an extensive digital video archive with 1000s of hours of video from 1979-present. Themes include: urbanism, human rights, social justice, utopianism, alternative media, top down v bottom up regeneration, housing and more. We are happy to hear from organisations wishing to collaborate.

Website: spectacle.co.uk

Star and Shadow Cinema

Star and Shadow Cinema

At the Star and Shadow Cinema, we programme films, gigs, live art and exhibitions. Anything that we believe that is new, different, underground, original, and, we hope, good. The company is run entirely by volunteer members, with all members having a say in what we do and how we do it.

We do not exist to make a profit, our purpose is to provide a facility for programming the types of films and events that do not happen at other venues around Newcastle. These may be locally made or inspired films, art films, political films, international films, gay and lesbian films, classic films or independent cinema, local musicians, international musicians, or artists and storytellers of all kinds.

Website: starandshadow.org.uk

Take One Action

Take One Action

Take One Action celebrates the people and movies that are changing the world, from Argyll to Zimbabwe. We believe small actions lead to big ones, and that we all make a difference.

WE WANT more people to watch more world-class films about issues of social and environmental change and concern – more effectively and communally. WE CURATE films, opportunities and networks, in Scotland, with a global lens. We enable more people to make connections – tangible, individual and collective – between their lives and the extraordinary, international stories revealed on film (and over cups of tea). WE HOPE to inspire and empower more people to take creative, impactful steps to make the world a better place – bit by bit, and sometimes in landslides, changing the local, national and global behaviours which underpin a fairer and more sustainable world.

Website: takeoneaction.org.uk

Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival

Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival

The festival in Tolpuddle celebrating the story of the 6 martyrs has been running in one form or another since 1875. In it’s present form the festival was developed in 1997 by Nigel Costley the new South West TUC Regional Secretary, with the help of Dick Muskett from the Workers’ Beer Company. Today the festival ranks with The Durham Miners’ Gala and Levellers’ Day in Burford, Oxfordshire, as one the key summer events in the annual calendar of the UK Left.

Music, theatre and dance have been well represented at the festival since 1997 and the possibility of incorporating radical film into the festival has been on the agenda for many years. In 2014 the formation of the Radical Film Network and Public Domain Productions coincided with the restoration of the Vintage Mobile Cinema and collaboration with GorillaCinema to make the ambition for film at Tolpuddle into a reality.

Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival was founded in 2014 by Chris Jury Of Public Domain and Reuben Irving from Gorilla Cinema / University of Worcester. It is hoped the film festival will run for many years and grow in size and scope.

Website: tolpuddleradicalfilm.org.uk

Tracing Movements

Tracing Movements

Tracing Movements is a collaborative audio-visual research project, documenting political resistance against a Europe which tirelessly attempts to stop, filter, select and control the movement of people across and within its borders.

It is an attempt to create a visual platform which contributes to the ongoing discussions and exchanges between groups that are actively fighting against the policies, discourses and values that produce this system of border and migration control in Europe.

Website: tracingmovements.tumblr.com

Undercurrents

Undercurrents .

Undercurrents uses video to inspire and create social change. Founded in 1994 when two disillusioned television producers and a group of activists came together to explore the potential of using domestic HI8 camcorders to bring about social and environmental change, Undercurrents’ newsreel received worldwide acclaim as ‘the news you don’t see on the news’.

Now based in Swansea, South Wales, Undercurrents produce videos for online use, documentaries, project appraisal and promotion. We also have a unique archive.

Website: undercurrents.org

visionOntv

visionOntv

visionOntv aims for the widest possible distribution of video for social change. We believe that there needs to be a strong and independent network of media projects, that can aggregate and distribute video content with such effectiveness and ease that it can compete with big media corporations.

visionOntv enables you to create and collate video: we create shows to put news in context, and collate the best social change video from around the world. We also curate it so that it can be found and enjoyed easily by anyone who wants to. There are currently 5 main channels of rapidly updating films, which are editorially controlled to ensure a good mix of quality content.

https://visionon.tv/

info@visionon.tv

Vivid Projects

Vivid Projects

Vivid Projects is a not-for-profit collaborative agency and project space exploring converging media practice from moving image to performance.

Vivid Projects creates vibrant and challenging art programmes, including exhibitions, film screenings, interventions, talks and music events. We are interested in the social and cultural history of art and media and support audiences to navigate their way through complex and important histories and territories.

Vivid Projects launched in February 2013 with an eight month programme of thought provoking encounters which asked the question, can art and popular culture act as a catalyst for social change? 33 REVOLUTIONS took audiences on a journey through film, print, performance and song, celebrating personal acts of protest and resistance from the dance floors of 70s NYC to the anti-institutional spirit of 1960s-70s Britain right up to the simmering Arab Spring and Occupy!

Website: vividprojects.org.uk

Highlight Arts

Highlight Arts

Highlight Arts creates new narratives through personal interactions, collaborations and exchange in the context of conflict: inequality, prejudice, war or environmental disaster. We deliver highly engaging, provocative work, using all forms of the arts to explore pressing and contemporary geo-¬political issues, working with innovative and progressive artists from around the world.

We organise festivals, curate new artistic collaborations and generate new work. (Established in 2007 as Reel Festivals, we became Highlight Arts in 2014).

Website: highlightarts.org

Reel News

Reel News

Reel News is an activist video collective, set up to publicise and share information on inspirational campaigns and struggles – not just in this country, but across the world. We are doing this through producing a bi-monthly newsreel, made up of a number of videos short enough to use in union and campaign meetings.

Reel News will try and cover it all, from pensioners protesting against cuts in voluntary services, artists and musicians looking at the world in a different way, through strikes against privatisation, right up to the astonishing social movements in Latin America which have brought down governments through uprisings, mass direct action and general strikes. Reel News is intended as a two-way resource, so let us know about your campaigns. Better still, film them yourself and send us the video. We can also be commissioned to make campaign videos, and offer help on camera-work, video editing and other skills needed to make your own video.

Reel News is completely independent and non-aligned. We are completely against sectarianism in all its forms, anti-capitalist in outlook, against the anti-trade union laws and in favour of mass collective action in the workplace and on the streets to change society.

Website: reelnews.co.uk

Active Distribution


An online distro for almost all things anarcho. Supplying collectives, radical bookshops and people with the kind of stuff you’re unlikely to find in Waterstone’s (and certainly shouldn’t be on amazon!).

Run by an anarcho / punk / vegan / bike crew who should have grown out of it by now, but are still at it – trying to educate the youths of today. Sadly, the kids are too busy poking each other on Facebook for a proper revolution!

Website: activedistribution.org

Alternative Cinema

alternative-cinema

This organisation is no longer active.

Alternative Cinema was the online intersection between the divergent subcultures of British independent, underground, experimental, protest, cult, Avant- Garde, DIY and Artist’s film and video. It was an event listings guide which covered the film club scene through to pop-up cinemas, microcinemas, gallery installations, local film festivals and pub screenings – the gate to the spectacular and subversive realm of alternative cinema.

Amber

Amber

Founded in 1968, Amber is a film and photography collective incorporating Amber Films, Side Gallery and Side Cinema. The work is rooted in social documentary, built around long term engagements with working class and marginalized communities in the North of England.

Through the gallery and cinema programs and at festivals and screenings, the group makes connections with inspirational production in the wider world. There is an integrated approach to production (which includes documentaries, dramas and photographic projects), publication (including exhibitions, books, DVDs and works created specially for the web) and distribution (though the odds sometimes seem to be stacked against it).

Website: amber-online.com

Bristol Palestine Film Festival

The Bristol Palestine Film Festival (BristolPFF) is part of a growing international network of festivals which showcase a range of compelling and thought-provoking films and artistic works by established and emerging artists.

The aim of our programme is to focus on the plurality of the Palestinian experience as illustrated through film and other art forms. We hope to provide a platform for Palestinian cinema, art and culture in the South West, whilst featuring works from international directors and artists which bring fresh perspectives on Palestine’s economic, social, political and cultural life.

Website: bristolpff.org.uk

Birmingham Co-operative Film Society (“Just Film”)

Birmingham Co-operative Film Society (“Just Film”) provides public screenings of ‘films to make you think’.
We screen a range of titles not normally on offer in the city centre, all high quality and entertaining, but also raising important issues relating to social justice, the environment, peace, co-operation and human rights.
Our monthly film shows are open to all, although we encourage individuals like-minded individuals and groups to become members. This gives you a say in the running of the society and discounts on ticket prices. We are affiliated to the British Federation of Film Societies.

Website: justfilm.coop

Camcorder Guerrillas

The Camcorder Guerrillas collective was formed during weekend collaboration between Indymedia, Glasgow Media Access Centre and a group of local professional filmmakers in 2003.

The weekend of workshops and screenings and master-classes served to teach, inspire and inform people about grassroots video activism. It was so successful and inspiring that a small group decided to carry on and in 2004 got a permanent office in Glasgow Media Access Centre. They attracted funding to pay for an edit suite and a part-time administrator and went on to make 8 professional quality campaigning films and 10 short campaign reports as well as organizing dozens of screenings, exhibitions and events in various venues throughout Glasgow, Scotland, the UK and beyond.

Website: camcorderguerillas.wordpress.com

Christie Books

ChristieBooks is an online archive run by the well-known Scottish anarchist, Stuart Christie, which hosts over 850 films and documentaries (as well as talks, music, publications etc.) with anarchist and libertarian themes.

Website: christiebooks.com

CinemaPalestino

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CinemaPalestino celebrates the existence of Palestinian cinema and aims to:

  1. Bring Palestinian Cinema to Sheffield counteracting the mainstream narrative about Palestine and reach an audience not catered for by mainstream cinema.
  2. Use cinema to demonstrate the diversity of the Palestinian experience.
  3. Promote discussion about the nature of modern Palestinian cultural production and the circumstances under which this takes place.
  4. Establish this as a cultural fixture in Sheffield.

CinemaPalestino is a unique festival and celebration of Palestinian film in that it has operated independently outside of London (BPFF is another notable exception to the London rule). It is the only Palestinian Film festival in the North of England. It is part of a jigsaw of activity that keeps Palestine on the cultural map and offers an alternative to the mainstream images of Palestine.

Twitter: @cinemapalestino
Facebook: CinemaPalestino

Cinenova

Cinenova is a non-profit organisation dedicated to distributing films and videos made by women. Formed in 1991 from the merger of two feminist distributors, Circles and Cinema of Women, Cinenova provides the means to discover and watch experimental films, narrative feature films, artists film and video, documentary and educational videos.

Through national and international distribution, Cinenova acts as an agency for artists, educators, curators and their audiences. Cinenova is a source of very specific knowledge, a network and cultural community that engages directly with women’s film and video work, and with the question of how to make this knowledge more publicly accessible. Cinenova offers an extensive archive and expert advice relating to film and video directed by women, with a practice informed by its history as a key resource in the UK independent film and video distribution sector.

Website: cinenova.org

Contemporary Films

Contemporary Films was established in 1951 by Charles Cooper (1910-2001). The Coopers’ independence of mind and left-wing political views were often reflected in the films the company acquired – such as Frederic Rossif’s definitive film on the Spanish Civil War, To Die in Madrid.

In its current premises in north-west London, on the edge of Hampstead Heath, it houses one of the largest archives of left-wing film in Britain.

Website: contemporaryfilms.com

The Cube

The Cube is a Microplex Cinema, Arts venue, adult creche and progressive social wellbeing enterprise in Central Bristol, England. It was formed in 1998 by 4 artists who had no idea what they were getting into. Idealists, amateurs, fools, material positivists, stilt walkers, film directors, screen writers, occultists. But not even running illegal cinema speakeasy events in Bristol could prepare them for the monster they gave birth to one cold and rainy October evening in 1998.

Our volunteers work hard at presenting cinema, music, cabaret, discussions, amateur film-makers nights, children’s events, performance art, comedy and other events that can’t easily be categorized. The money we make from these events funds the organisation. We get no external funding. We are truly independent.

We aim to offer alternatives and make a difference – in our programming and in the way we trade. We don’t sell Coca Cola – we make our own recipe cola. We don’t serve Nescafe – we ship feral trade coffee from Central America. We have sent volunteers to Haiti to screen films for earthquake survivors. We provide an internet server for Kingsdown. We are the cheapest cinema in town and always will be and if you’re an asylum seeker you can come in for free.

Website: cubecinema.com

Digital Desperados

This organisation is no longer active.

Digital Desperados was a Glasgow-based group running free film-making courses for women of colour (trans welcome) where each participant made their own short film. They also hosted free public film screenings (often with talks and Q&As with the film makers) of films by, or about, people of colour that were open to everyone.

Document Film Festival

Document NEW

Document is the only dedicated international human rights documentary film festival in Scotland. Held annually in October, we’re a grassroots initiative that aims to use film as an advocacy tool to raise the profile and promote debate of human rights & social issues across the globe.

Document has built its reputation by screening films which critically engage with the world we live in at the start of the 21st century; stories at once personal and universal in significance, by emerging and established filmmakers from every country and culture.

The festival provides a unique platform that attracts Scottish, UK and international documentary filmmakers and promotes local and international discussion, cultural exchange and education. We screen a large and diverse selection of human rights films that are rarely shown in the UK to offer a broader understanding of issues often ignored by the mainstream media.

Website: documentfilmfestival.org

Exploding Cinema

The Exploding Cinema Collective is committed to D.I.Y.Cinema and film/video. We oppose the elitism, academicism, industrialism and obscurity of the traditional ‘Independent’ film/video sector and welcome contributions from all film/video/performance practises from the popular to the experimental. The Collective is committed to non profit-making collective practise, equality of opportunity, voluntary contribution and open access:

Anyone can show their work, anyone can join the collective; All decisions are made collectively at open meetings; All equipment, resources and information is held in collective ownership; ALL the money we make goes into improving our shows; We are not financed by state taxes.

Website: explodingcinema.org

Full Unemployment Cinema

A bunch of no good commies and anarchists showing films about work and the struggles against it since November 2007

We are a London based collective who screens films once a month around the themes of work, non-work, refusal, struggle and more. We screen films in independent, self organised venues, all our screenings are free and sometimes we sit around afterwards chatting in front of a beer and a plate of pirogis.

We’ve once summarised what we do like this:

“This activity has resulted in a research archive of films and texts that critically illuminate cinematic representations of labour, the shifting transformations of work and responses to this, from acquiescence to resistance and sabotage. This process helps us think about how cinema might highlight different aspects of the conflictual dynamics of labour such as the contradictions of resistance, desertion, invisible forms of labour and reproduction”.

We’ve occasionally been invited to screen, talk, workshop and be resident around the place.

We are quite particular about the projects we participate in, and we’re very happy to have been part of a week long workshop with the students of the School of Walls and Space at the Royal Academy of the Visual Arts in Copenhagen; a week residency and screening at Lothringer13_Laden in Munich; a talk at the Tetley in Leeds; and a forthcoming screening and talk at the Public School in LA.

Website: fullunemploymentcinema.wordpress.com

Film & Video Distribution Database

From the late 1960s the London Film-makers’ Co-op, The Other Cinema, LVA, Circles, Cinema of Women, Film and Video Umbrella, Cinenova, London Electronic Arts, and Lux helped build the reputation of British artists’ and independent film and video at home and abroad. The Film & Video Distribution Database (FVDD) explores the histories of these organisations, their promotional initiatives, their distribution and exhibition activities, the inroads they made into television and galleries, the challenges they overcame to build audiences, and the arts funding landscape that could cause them to sink or swim (see Scope for more details).

Website: fv-distribution-database.ac.uk

Global Faction

GlobalFaction is an innovative digital media production house formed in 2006. We’re a growing group of creatives who focus on working with socially/politically conscious artists to produce an experience that facilitates the sharing of knowledge, ideas and the stimulation of thought into action. For us, the message of the artist and the style, sound & deliver of each track dictates the look of the video. So it stands to reason that the artists creative input is a key part of the process.

Email a track/link/enquiry/idea to us. After listening/reading/digesting we’ll get back to you as soon as we can to discuss. Peace

Website: globalfaction.com

London International Labour Film Festival

As one of the few examples of labour film festivals around the world, London International Labour Film Festival was launched in 2010. Boasting a rich collection of films depicting the struggle of the working class around the world, London International Labour Film Festival promotes the point of view of workers and shares the stories of working class people’s lives and their struggles via labour films. It also tries to stimulate filmmakers to make films about ordinary people’s lives and social struggles.

We consider the context of labour film in a large context where it is possible to find the stories of all oppressed people (workers, unemployed people, women, oppressed etnical and sexual groups, farmers, etc…). The festival is free of charge for everyone and there is no competition or award for films.

The festival has also been held in London since 2010. The festival is organized by Socialist Women’s Union, ROJ Women’s Association, Democratic Women Movement in Europe, Refugee Workers’ Cultural Association, Kurdish Community Center, Turkish Education Group, Hundred Flowers Cultural Center, Hackney TUC, Halkevi, Reel News, Young Struggle.

Website: labourfilmfestival.com

James Agee Cinema Circle

The James Agee Cinema Circle is an association of national and international critics, historians and film scholars who are involved in print, radio, online and TV broadcast media and analysis.

We have come together to form the first progressive critics organization, in the belief that idealistic perspectives, voices and diverse ideological visions in film criticism that speak with social conviction and consciousness, are sorely lacking as a public platform.

Website: politicalfilmcritics.blogspot.com

Kino Climates

Kino Climates is a European network of independent cinemas to support the freedom of programming and diversity in film culture. Our aim is to generate new ways to work while maintaining our heritage.

Website: kino-climates.org

Leeds Animation Workshop

Leeds Animation Workshop is a not-for-profit, cooperative company, which produces and distributes animated films and films on social and educational issues.

The organisation began in 1976 as a group of women friends who came together to make a film about the need for pre-school childcare. After completing WHO NEEDS NURSERIES? – WE DO! the group was formally established in 1978 as Leeds Animation Workshop.

Throughout its history the Workshop has been run by women, who have carried out all stages of the production process, from initial research to final distribution.

Website: leedsanimation.org.uk

Liverpool Radical Film Festival

The aim of the Liverpool Radical Film Festival is to bring radical films on social, political, cultural and ethical topics to new audiences, open up discussion and promote positive action. To do this we put on an annual radical documentary festival (established 2012) and related screenings/events at various points throughout the year. We believe that film screenings and moving-image events can be powerful ways of:

raising awareness about issues that impact on our lives, communities and shared world
provide a safe space in which these issues can be discussed
provide opportunities for communities to come together to work as a team combat such issues

The Festival and its activities are run by a dedicate group of volunteers and we are always looking out for new people who would like to get involved and share our aim.

Website: liverpoolradicalfilmfestival.org.uk

Bristol Radical Film Festival

The Bristol Radical Film Festival was founded in 2011 to showcase contemporary and historical works of overtly political documentary and fiction filmmaking. As well as providing a platform for the films, the festival also aims to draw attention to a range of other progressive, community-based initiatives in the city.

At our events films are a pretext for action & debate as much as important aesthetic & cultural objects in themselves. Our interpretation of the word ‘radical’ is an open one: while we believe that radical social, economic & political change is needed for a more equal, just & sustainable society, that fundamental belief can be articulated in a variety of ways. Film is a rich medium and we are very keen to exhibit works that interrogate political and aesthetic radicalism in new and challenging ways.

Website: bristolradicalfilmfestival.org.uk

Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

Founded in 2007, the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival is one of Scotland’s most diverse cultural events, covering everything from film, music and visual art to theatre, dance, and literature. The annual festival takes place in venues across Scotland throughout May, aiming to support the arts and challenge preconceived ideas about mental health.

Website: mhfestival.com

London Feminist Film Festival

The London Feminist Film Festival was set up in 2011 as a response to the underrepresentation of women in the film industry, as well as to the lack of films addressing feminist issues and the fact that the representation of women on screen is often narrow and stereotypical.

The festival celebrates women creatives whilst ensuring that the feminist ethos extends to the films shown during the festival. The festival celebrates feminist films both past and present and aims are to inspire discussion about feminism and film, to support women directors, and to get feminist films seen by a wider audience.

Website: londonfeministfilmfestival.com

London Labour Film Festival

Building on the enormous success of the first one, we’ll continue to celebrate global social commitment through the art of cinema. There’s so much to look forward to with the fresh and exciting line up we have planned.

Over the course of 5 days we’ll be bringing you a host of very diverse and stimulating films from around the world ­ including four PREMIERES. These films are all completely different but share a common theme: how labour issues affect us all as a society, as well as on a more personal and emotional level, the individual.

In particular, as our film festival is held in the same month as the European Parliamentary Elections we’ll be showcasing some outstanding European films like Le Capital by the Greek-French film director Costa Gavras. This financial thriller takes a searing look at the world of greed and high finance.

Website: londonlabourfilmfest.com

London Socialist Film Co-op

Now in its twenty-first year, the London Socialist Film Co-op promotes socialist culture by arranging screenings where people can see films and take part in a panel discussion.

We show recent cinema releases and pictures that are rarely screened because they are old films, foreign films or were censored. We show films that inform and educate. We encourage our members and like-minded filmmakers to make films and DVDs and we are always interested to hear of appropriate films – low budget shorts or campaign videos as well as fully funded professional programmes – that we might want to screen. We welcome members, old or new, who would like to help plan and organise activities and we are very happy to give advice to anyone interested in setting up a similar film co-op.

Website: socialistfilm.blogspot.com

LUX

LUX is an international arts agency for the support and promotion of artists’ moving image practice and the ideas that surround it. LUX exists to provide access to, and develop audiences for, artists’ moving image work; to provide professional development support for artists working with the moving image; and to contribute to and develop discourse around practice.

Founded in 2002 as a charity and not-for-profit limited company, it builds on a lineage of predecessor organisations (The London Filmmakers Co-operative, London Video Arts and The Lux Centre) which stretches back to the 1960s. LUX is the only organisation of its kind in the UK, it represents the country’s only significant collection of artists’ film and video and is the largest distributor of such work in Europe (representing 4500 works by approximately 1500 artists from 1920s to the present day). LUX works with a large number of major institutions including museums, galleries, festivals and educational establishments, as well as directly with the public and artists.

Website: lux.org.uk

Manchester Film Coop

This organisation is no longer active. 

Manchester Film Co-operative organised regular non-commercial screenings of films that challenged current economic, social and political arrangements and offered progressive alternatives. Owned and run by its members, the focus was on independent films that were not available in mainstream cinema.

Screenings were followed by informal discussions led, where possible, by activists and experts. They provided a lively and friendly space in which progressive alternatives and ideas could be explored. The screenings brought together a diverse range of people and groups committed to exploring political alternatives as well as specialist cinema fans.

Website: manchesterfilmcoop.uk

Mayday Rooms

MayDay Rooms is an educational charity founded as a safe haven for historical material linked to social movements, experimental culture and the radical expression of marginalised figures and groups. It was set up to safeguard historical material and connect it with contemporary struggle. Its home, the Birmingham Daily Post’s former London office at 88 Fleet Street, was refurbished over 2012-13 to facilitate collective gatherings and allow fluid connections between users of the building, its archives, and various digital platforms for dissemination. MDR’s growing collections challenge the widespread assault on collective memory and historical continuity by countering those prevalent narratives of historical inevitability and political pessimism. MDR hosted the inaugural meeting of the Radical Film Network in September 2013

Website: maydayrooms.org