War Child, the charity for children affected by conflict, has launched its inaugural War Child Film Festival in partnership with Everyman Cinemas.
The unique two-week event combines cinematic previews and premieres with live events, Q&As, panel discussions and performances. All to raise money for children whose lives have been torn apart by war.
The eclectic programme will include special events curated by bands, radio stations, record labels, cultural publications as well as live performances, DJs and more.
Taking place in venues across London from the 25 September to 6 October, there’s something to suit every music fan.
Prices start at £5.
Film Festival highlights:
Four performances are announced with several more anticipated.
Highlights include an exclusive screening of Purple Rain, providing an opportunity to watch the legend Prince’s Acting debut in the distinguished Oval Space.
For those who want to keep their finger firmly on the pulse the screening of the UK Music Video Awards preview showcase at the Ham Yard Theatre combines exclusivity and eloquence in equal measure.
The festival will also host special events such as DJ sets and parties curated by the acts and cultural publications across the festival. Including artistic collective Last Night In Paris, who will also be performing live at Everyman Screen on the Green.
The festival will culminate in a screening of Floating Points’ ‘Reflections – Mojave Desert’ and a closing party in collaboration with Dance for Refuge at the CLF Art Café in Peckham’s Bussey Building.
War Child has a rich heritage in innovative musical partnerships and has been harnessing the power of music to change lives since 1995 with the launch of the HELP Album.
100% of the profits from the tickets sold will fund War Child’s crucial work providing protection, education and longer time livelihood solutions to some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
War Child works in seven countries including Yemen where the conflict has had devastating consequences for children there. There are shortages of food, medicines and vital supplies and more than 2.2 million children are malnourished.
Wednesday 27th September, 7.30pm
Oval Space London
War Child x Oval Space Cinema presents Purple Rain
War Child and Oval Space Cinema present a screening of Prince’s cult classic ‘Purple Rain’ as part of the War Child Film Festival 2017. Taking advantage of the venues incredible sound system to showcase Prince’s unique sound, this will be a very special evening.
The film was first released back in 1984. Prince made his acting debut. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, the last to receive the award. Oval space has very kindly donated the venue FOC to War Child. Ticket sales will support the charities vital work protecting children whose lives have been torn apart by war.
Friday 29th September, 8pm
Ham Yard Theatre
UK Music Video Awards Nominations Showcase
The UK Music Video Awards is the biggest night of the year for everyone in the business of making music videos. People will come from all over the world to attend the 10th annual ceremony next month, at the legendary Roundhouse in London. But before, the UKMVAs are delighted to present a selection of music videos at the War Child Film Festival. It’s a tour through some of the most exciting music videos in the past year. Taking in a variety of music and visual styles, and an eclectic range of creative brilliance and technical ingenuity. The one thing in common: they are all nominated for the UK Music Video Awards 2017.
A shortlist of videos from the 2018 UK Music Video Awards will honour the creative people behind the art form. Directors and producers to cameramen, art directors, editors, animators and more. Showing some of the nominated videos with discussion from the creatives involved.
Wednesday 4th October 2017 9pm
Screen on the Green
Last Night in Paris: ‘Soiree’
War Child proudly presents an evening with Art Collective, Last Night In Paris. The D.I.Y. collective will be screening exciting new video material, followed by a live performance and a signature LNIP soiree.
Friday 6th October 2017 9pm
CLF Art Cafe, Bussey Building
Floating Points: Reflections – Mojave Desert followed by the War Child Film Festival closing party in collaboration with Dance for Refuge
Floating Points originator Sam Shepherd took the band to the Mojave Desert in August 2016 to rehearse and record ahead of their US tour. Reflections (directed by Anna Diaz Ortuño) documents their time and the music they were inspired to write there. Showcasing the distinctive sonic tapestry they were able to capture in the most unusual of recording spaces. ‘While we were out playing and exploring the area around us – the sound reflecting from the rocks, the sound of the wind between them, complete stillness at night and packs of roaming coyotes in the distance, it became apparent that we could use this as its own unique recording environment.’ Sam Shepherd.
The screening of Reflections will be followed by the War Child Film Festival closing party. In collaboration with party aficionados ‘Dance for Refuge’ who aim to raise awareness and funds for those in need, by galvanising London DJs, dancers and music heads.
ABOUT WAR CHILD UK
War Child is striving for a world where children’s lives are no longer torn apart by war.
We protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children caught up in conflict. We aim to reach children as early as possible when conflict breaks out, and stay to support them through their recovery – helping to keep them safe, give them an education, and equip them with skills for the future.
We understand children’s needs, respect their rights, and put them at the centre of the solution – from supporting Syrian children to access education to reintegrating child soldiers in the Central African Republic and promoting justice for young people in detention in Afghanistan. Together with our partners, we work in 15 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and Latin America.
We also work with children and young people to change systems and practices that affect them – campaigning on the root causes of conflict and demanding that children are at the centre of humanitarian response.
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