Written by Let's All Be Free 19.04.13
Paris Video Now Live!
The video from our trip to Paris is now live - you can watch it here.
We spoke to Pierre Tartakowsky, president of the Human Rights League, and some members of the Collectif La Main Invisible (Invisible Hand Collective) - Ulrich Genisson, Stanislas Mozoluk, Stéphane Geyres and Damien Theillier - who reminded us how important it is to have basic rights like freedom of expression, the right to education, to work etc... And that in our societies today, freedom is more ambiguous than it seems.
As always, we want to know what YOU think - let us know your thoughts by commenting on the video, tweeting us @LetsAllBeFree or writing to us via our website.
Written by Let's All Be Free 11.04.13
Great Reviews of the Let's All Be Free Film Festival 2013!
We know that our inaugural film festival was awesome, but don't just take our word for it - check out some of the great feedback we've been getting on Twitter!
"The Let's All Be Free Film Festival was brilliant - I really hope it's back next year!" - Hannah Khalil, BBC
"Wow - the Let's All Be Free Film Festival was one of the best film festivals I've been to in years! Well done!" - Maggie Gogler, film producer & blogger
"Great day at Let's All Be Free Film Festival, definitely a bright new star on London's film festival circuit and hopefully here to stay." - Life Is A Festival
"We loved being at Let's All Be Free! Amazing films and people!" - Rachael Henley, actress
"Had a great time at the Let's All Be Free Film Festival. Beautiful, inspiring films and great talks." - @AmyMcDangerous
"The films at Let's All Be Free were fantastic - emotional and heartwarming." - Lenka Ryan, photographer
Written by Let's All Be Free 10.04.13
Winning Films at the Let's All Be Free Film Festival 2013 Announced!
We are delighted to announce the winners and runners-up in the Fiction, Documentary and Expressions categories! Huge congratulations to all the filmmakers - your framed certificates and prize money are on their way! Thank you for sharing such wonderful films with us and our festival audience.
WINNER - The Voorman Problem
12 min - UK - 2011 | dir. Mark Gill
Doctor Williams is called in to examine the enigmatic Mr Voorman, a prisoner with a peculiar affliction: he believes he is a god. The Doctor must decide on the sanity of Mr Voorman - is he a faker or a lunatic?
RUNNER-UP - A Better World
24 min - Belgium - 2012 | dir. Sacha Feiner
Henry, dedicated citizen of a pitiless dictatorship, has worked at the Denunciation Ministry his whole life. But suddenly, the regime collapses; the cold, technocratic and paranoid world becoming at once an idyllic countryside. Henry, panicked without the rules he was addicted to, continues to follow them and seems to be the only one who misses the old regime.
WINNER - Kokoto
24 min - Norway - 2012 | dir. Kristian Jaran Engelsen
Set in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya, the film follows young boxer Owino, who hopes to use his sporting prowess to one day lift himself and his family out of poverty and escape the slums. Owino is passionate and determined to suceed, but now an illness threatens his chances of success and survival.
RUNNER-UP - More Than Ice Cream
13 min - Hong Kong - 2012 | dir. Riley Leung
90-year-old Wong Kwong, a.k.a. Uncle Ice Cream, shares his memories and takes us through his day-to-day life selling ice cream on the streets of Hong Kong, as he has done for several decades. A portrait of a tough old Hong Kong spirit and a role model for the youth of today.
WINNER - Feral Painter
4 min - France - 2012 | dir. Frank Vroegop
"A feral organism is one that has changed from being domesticated to being wild or untamed." Paris-based Dutch artist Frank Vroegop both stars in and directed this beautiful experimental film about the deconstructionist aspect of art, which also features a powerful Radiohead soundtrack.
Written by Let's All Be Free 10.04.13
Let's All Be Free Film Festival 2013 Comes To A Close - Thank You!
Wow - what an amazing three days that was! From 5th to 7th April 2013, we held our first ever Let's All Be Free Film Festival, at the Brunei Gallery at SOAS in central London. And what a success it was!
We screened 37 superb new films from around the world exploring what it means to be free - a truly diverse range of fascinating voices, in the categories of Fiction, Documentary and Expressions. We hosted talks, discussions and Q&As with high-profile speakers including Amnesty International, inspirational Dutch filmmaker Marijn Poels, BAFTA nominated director Kim Longinotto, human rights organisation Liberty, The Equality Trust, Institute for Fiscal Studies economist Prof. Richard Disney, and filmmakers who had flown in from all over the world to see their film on the big screen.
Strangers became friends and there was plenty of music and mingling at our Opening Night Gala and Closing Night Party. We gave out prizes at our Awards Ceremony, wrote on the 'freedom wall', got snapped on the red carpet - and generally had an absoloutely brilliant time.
We're busy preparing lots of wonderful vides and photos from the festival to share with you all, but in the mean time you can check out a sneak peek of a few photos. Stay tuned for more news about next year's festival - we can't wait to do it all over again, but even bigger and better...!
A huge thank you to everyone who made the inaugural Let's All Be Free Film Festival such a success - you were all an integral part of a very special piece of history. See you all next year!
Reserve Your Free Tickets to our Let's All Be Free Film Festival 2013!
You can now reserve your tickets to our inaugural film festival! The entire festival is completely free to attend - all you need to do is CLICK HERE to reserve your space for free!
As the venue only has limited capacity, we urge you to reserve your free place ASAP to avoid disappointment!
We anticipate spaces will be filled up very quickly, and that we will need a waiting list. Please only reserve a place if you definitely intend on attending this event - there may be others on the waiting list who would love to have your space. If you reserve a space and later realise you are unable to attend, we would be very grateful if you could let us know - then we can give your space to someone on the waiting list. Thank you for your cooperation, and we look forward to seeing you at the festival!
New Film Festival Trailer
Check out the seriously awesome trailer for our Let's All Be Free Film Festival 2013!
The festival is taking place from Fri 5th to Sun 7th April 2013 at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Russell Square, London. Check out the superb programme of 37 short films from around the world exploring what it means to be free - plus guest speakers including Amnesty International, BAFTA nominated filmmaker Kim Longinotto, human rights organisation Liberty, and more! AND - it's all completely free to attend!
We can't wait to see you there!
Official Selection Announced for the Let's All Be Free Film Festival!
We are tremendously excited to announce the official selection of films competing in the Let's All Be Free Film Festival 2013! More info on each film coming very soon - for now, click on the More button below to see which films will be screening over the festival weekend (5th - 7th April, central London)...
Financial Contribution page now live!
Here at Let’s All Be Free, we want to practice what we preach and make access to this site, our film festival, and everything else we do completely free of charge.
But even we have bills to pay; so we’re relying on donations from people like you to help keep this project going. We receive no government support from any country and every contribution (no matter the amount) will help us keep this essential conversation going at no cost to anyone who wants to participate.
So if you believe in what we do here at Let’s All Be Free and wish to donate to our cause, you can make a quick and easy online contribution today!
Panelists at the Let's All Be Free Film Festival
The panel of speakers for LABFFF is shaping up, and it is with great anticipation that we can announce that the following will be joining us; Sue Christoforou, a policy analyst and campaigner for One Society, Dr. Michael Garnett, a PhD philosophy lecturer at Birkbeck Univeristy, and Sophie Farthing, a policy officer for the human rights organisation Liberty.
Our Film Festival Is Now Closed For Entries
After five months and an astonishing 675 submissions to our first ever Let's All Be Free Film Festival, entry is now closed!
A huge thank you to all the filmmakers from around the world who have taken the time to share their films with us - it's been absolutely fascinating watching them, and we cannot wait to screen the best ones at the festival (5th - 7th April 2013, London).
We'll be announcing the official selection by 1st March 2013 - keep checking back for updates on the schedule, programming and how to reserve your free tickets!
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