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Fifth Romford Film Festival gets underway

The event is from Thursday, 24 June to Monday, 28 June

The fifth Romford Film Festival is underway at Premiere Cinemas.

The five day event, which has over 200 films scheduled to be shown, launched yesterday.

Premieres included ‘I’m An Electric Lampshade’ – the story of the man who gave up his day-job and invested his life savings into becoming a rockstar.

The locally made documentary ‘Romboys: 30 Years or RAD’ also featured as part of the opening event.

This shows empowering archive following the reignition of Romford’s beloved skate park by its original proprietors and a team of street artists. 

Festival Director, Spencer Hawken said: “It’s great to screen such cool films being made in the area.”

“The festival has always been about inspiring people in Romford with great film from across the world and with film made from around here.

This side of London / Essex is full of great filmmakers and its great to be able to give them a platform to show their work”.

Over the past three years the festival has partnered with the Eurasian Film Festival to introduce film to the UK from hard-to-reach places.

This year the Eurasian Film Festival will be showing feature and short films made in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan as well as an array or Russian language film including ‘Pope (The Priest).’

This is a Russian historic drama about the great patriotic war and the role of the orthodox church during German occupation.

“This is one of the things that sets our festival apart from others – the huge range of film.

“You can literally travel the globe over the weekend by sitting in our festival screens” says Spencer.

“If you are feeling bad about not getting away this year, this could be the culture fix you are looking for!”

The full programme can be found on the Romford Film Festival website.

All tickets can be purchased on the Premiere Cinema website with a full festival pass costing just £30.00, a day pass for £10, or single film sessions costing £4.00.

The festival will hold red-carpet special networking events including an awards ceremony on Monday, 28 June – the last day of the event.

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