The Herne Hill Free Film Festival Celebrates Its 5th Birthday!

The Herne Hill Free Film Festival is back in 2017 to celebrate its 5th birthday, with its most ambitious programme of films yet!

Between 28th April and 29th May the festival will be screening 30 free films across 20 venues in and around SE24, with local celebrities and the cast and crew from many of the films making an appearance for talks and Q&A.


The festival opens on Friday 28th April with Roald Dahl’s BFG at Rosendale School, with the BFG himself – actor Mark Rylance – coming to talk to the audience after the screening. The following four weeks will then see three of 2017’s biggest Oscar winners, masterpieces of silent cinema, modern classics, award winning documentaries, short-films galore and a wide range of films you’ve probably not heard about but really should see (hey they’re free, so why not!).

There is also the return of the 48hr Film Competition, giving the local community’s youngest (and oldest) filmmakers the chance to shine and win the prestigious Clockie award! Events will be taking place at familiar outdoor venues including the Herne Hill Velodrome, Brockwell Park, Brockwell Lido and Station Square, in addition to new additions such as Zaha Hadid’s Sterling Prize winning Evelyn Grace Academy on Shakespeare Road. You will also be able to find the festival in three other local schools, three pubs, two local churches, two railways arches and one brewery!


Highlights of the festival include Moonlight at Brockwell Lido on Saturday 13th May, La La Land at the Herne Hill Velodrome on Friday 26th May and Arrival at the Evelyn Grace Academy on 27th May. There’s also a silent cinema showcase at Station Square on 28th May where local resident and renowned composer Neil Brand will be tinkling the ivories! Indoors there will be documentaries including Demain (Tomorrow), Fire at Sea, Cameraperson, War of Words and Something Better to Come and elsewhere in SE24 there will be short-films, zombies and – according to Rolling Stone – the film that predicted the rise of Donald Trump!

The festival is also excited to be hosting an evening of films at The Florence celebrating the bravery of ordinary women doing extraordinary things. Led by the critically acclaimed short-film Four Mums in a Boat, the event is hosted in a room named after Ida Lupino, the pioneering Herne Hill born actor, director and producer!


The Herne Hill Free Film Festival is made possible by the generous support of its sponsors, Pedder Property, Southeastern, Veolia UK, The Lido Café, Flannery Media, Llewelyn’s and yesmum and the donations of audience members. Free makes the festival as inclusive as possible but donations make the events happen!

For more details visit or follow the festival on Facebook, Twitter  or Instagram (@hhfreefilmfest).

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