Dubbed ‘the wild side of British film’ by Metro, the Portobello Film Festival has been a fixture in the UK cinematic calendar since it debuted in 1996 and remains one of the country’s foremost showcases for emerging independent filmmakers. The festival’s stated aim has always been to give daring leftfield filmmakers a platform and as such hasn’t always enjoyed an easy ride. Nonetheless, even when cinema screens have been hard to come by the festival has come up with a variety of innovative solutions – often utilising pubs, clubs and parks -and remains in rude health.
This year’s festival hits Notting Hill on the 4th September for 16 days of exciting and adventurous independent cinema, all of which is absolutely free. The festival’s main venue will be a pop-up cinema under the Westway on Acklam Road and a full programme can be viewed on the Portobello Film Festival website.