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From the start the Festival was routed in its support for local filmmakers and providing a platform for their work, this remains a key objective. In addition to the Festival LB Tower Hamlets has supported a large number of new short films through it’s Film Fund, part funded by Film London, and many of these films have gone on to win awards at Festivals around the world.

The fact that our audience grows year on year, and media interest with it, is testament to its quality and content. It is so much more than just a film festival. Yes we have countless screenings of great films but these are also many brilliant special events, workshops, outdoor screenings, music, art, poetry and top drawer guests. We have sourced some of the best films from around Europe, Asia and wider but fundamentally the East End Film Festival was started in the East End of London and its root remain firmly embedded there. In 2012 when the eyes of the world are focused on the Olympics in our back yard the East End Film Festival will be there to showcase all that is good about East London with its extraordinary diversity of citizens and cultural offer.

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