Saturday 8th November 2014
British Film Institute, South Bank
Belvedere Road, SE1 8XT
from 10.00am

WTPFF Youth Day at the BFI

Join us at the British Film Institute (BFI) on London’s South Bank for your FREE entry to the We The Peoples Film Festival Youth Day. This is your opportunity to meet Young Filmmakers and see the fresh new ideas they are bringing to the big screen. Meet the films' creators in the follow up Q&A and have your say by voting for Best Short Film; Best Director; and Best Actor.

Have you got an idea for a short film? Enter the #tweetapitch competition for a chance to win a £500 bursary towards the film you really want to make. With free advice from experts thrown in, you will be able to screen your winning film at next year's Youth Day at the BFI!

Join expert-led masterclasses in Film-making, Animation or Movie production to hone your skills, learning from the best in their fields. Sign up for one of these when you register.

Routes into the Industry for Young Persons

A Film-making – Rob Brown

Using award nominated short film, 'Paper Hearts'', a 10 minute short film on relationships, attendees will learn from Rob how the initial idea came about, from creation through to being premiered at Rushes Soho shorts festival. There is even a photo of Rob with Kevin Spacey! How did it come about?

B Movie Production – Jake Hume
The various routes into the industry for young person’s starting osut in the film industry will be discussed by London filmmaker Jake Hume. Jake produced his first feature film SIXTEEN (Roger Nsengiyumva, Rachael Stirling) in 2013 which saw its world premiere in Leicester Square at the BFI London Film Festival. Since graduating from Bournemouth Screen Academy in 2009 at the age of 21, Jake has production managed indie feature films such as LOTUS EATERS (Antonia Campbell-Hughes) and has produced an array of award-winning short films and music videos.

C Animation - Helen Piercy (Helen Animate)
Learn how to make stop-motion videos like a pro. Discover 2-D and 3D techniques with character design, cut-out puppets, and speech bubbles. From storyboarding to the editing suite, you'll learn everything you need to know on this workshop master-class with animator and author Helen Piercy. This workshop is a one off opportunity to really learn the fundamentals of animation.




80 minutes, Director, Rob Brown, UK; Producer, Jake Hume, UK

Jumah is about to turn 16 and is already in need of a fresh start. Burdened with the shameful legacy of a past as a child soldier in the Congo, he lives with his adoptive mother in west London, where he struggles to keep a lid on his history of violence.
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Take Me To The Front


14 minutes, Director – Stefano Pietrocola, UK

Hector is a British photojournalist covering the Bosnian War. Where will he draw the line between documentation and intervention?

Starry Eyes


30 minutes, Director, Chieh Yang, Taiwan

On a not too distant planet called Lucky, each person is fated at birth with one particular person. The moment they lock eyes, they will tumble head over heels in love with each other and will henceforth live happily ever after.

Shame and Glasses


7 minutes, Director, Alessandro Riconda, Italy

Miko has to face his worst fears; wearing glasses. That is the only way to take his school test, but what would happen if the young girl he is secretly in love with sees him?

There will be loads more happening on the day. So make sure you save the date and share with friends!

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Tuesday 11th November 2014
Ravensbourne University
Greenwich Peninsula
6 Penrose Way, SE10 0EW

A Russian Fairytale


55 Minutes, Director: Jake Mobbs, UK, in association with Love’s Bridge

This powerful documentary follows the lives of ‘street kids’ from Perm, a once weapon-building Russian city. It provides a fascinating insight into the day to day lives of a group of children born during or just after the break-up of the Soviet Union; they are the generation of Russian kids who ended up on the streets as a result of the turmoil. Now on the brink of adulthood, time is running out to make a break from the group once and for all...

Join us from 6:45pm for the reception with wine. The film will start at 7:30pm and will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Jake Mobbs.
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Wednesday 12th November 2014
The Platform Bar and Terrace
Westgate Street, E8 3RL

Voices Across the Wall


37mins, Director: Sam Liebmann, UK

Voices Across The Wall is a set of short stories and interviews exploring the Israel-Palestine conflict through the eyes of people on the ground – from an intifada veteran turned social worker to the leader of the Jewish National Front, from the father of a Palestinian suicide bomber to an Israeli survivor of an attack that killed her husband and children.

As we travel through the West Bank we see the ongoing colonisation of Palestinian land and hear from the occupied and the occupiers. Through a series of personal accounts of the day-to-day impact of conflict and occupation, the film reveals some of the complexities often unseen by the outside world that underlie this most intractable of political problems.

Happiness Wrapped in a Blanket


52mins, Director: Yosi Artzi, Israel

After a long night, Bashir returns home from work to find his Jewish girlfriend Karin with an unexpected baby in her arms. “We’re a family now,” she tells him, "and we'll never be apart". Bashir is torn between his will to devotionally support his girlfriend and doing the right thing by returning the baby to his mother, a foreign worker who left her child under the threat of being deported from Israel. A decision is made and the couple sets-out on a runaway journey with the baby wrapped in a blanket. In the background of social and political topics such as Arabs, Jews and foreign workers, a tender love story is revealed and a delicate family is formed...
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Thursday 13th November 2014
College of North West London Tower Restaurant
Crescent House, Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HP

Volkswagen Joe


30 mins: Director Eamonn Cleary

In a small border‐town during the height of the "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland, Joe, a hardworking mechanic services cars for both sides. Both view his even handedness with suspicion and while restoring a car for his friend, the local RUC inspector, a young Republican sees this as the perfect opportunity to make a name for himself, forcing Joe into an impossible decision.
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Tharattu Pattu (Lullaby)


4 mins: Director, Sandeep Ravindranath

A film about Smarthavicharam, the one-time ritualistic trial of Namboothiri women in Kerala, India, accused of adultery. If found guilty, the woman is ostracized, similar to when there is a death in the family. Then on, from the family’s perspective, guilt exists no more.

A Journey of Discovery


33 mins: Director, Daniela Gross de Almedia, Brazil

Ubatuba, Brazil, best known for its beaches, conceived the Ubatuba Sat Project, the design and construction of a satellite by students who started aged 10. It took them to NASA, transcending all limitations of the classroom.

No Love Lost


15 mins: Director, Shekhar Bassi

A Jewish boy nurturing a secret romance with a Muslim girl, despite the realities of their backgrounds, is unaware he is being stalked. While the young lovers struggle to be open their relationship, the stalker’s obsession reveals a thought provoking turn culminating in the trio coming to face to face.

Kel Yaum Kel Yaum / Every Day, Every Day


15mins; Director, Reem Karssli

Rare and honest journey with a Syrian family as they go about their daily lives. Dealing with a sense of cabin fever after being pent up at home for months, the filmmaker captures heart breaking daily realities

Join us for the post-screening Q and A over refreshments.

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Friday 14th November 2014
School of Oriental & African Studies
Djam Lecture Theatre
Thornhaugh Street,
Russell Square, WC1H 0XG

Syria, Peace and War

Globe Trot


4:35 mins: Director, Mitchell Rose, USA

An uplifting short film of dance produced by 50 filmmakers from 23 countries.

A Syrian Story


13:07 mins: Director, Samer Beyhum, Canada

A freelance photographer decides to leave Montreal to go to Syria and cover the conflict that has lasted for the last three years under the current regime.

Not Anymore, A Story of Revolution


14:29 mins: Director, Matthew Van Dyke, USA

A film about the Syrian struggle for freedom as experienced by a 32 year old rebel commander.
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9:15 mins: Director, Yahya Ghobadi, Iran

An animation about peace and war.

Join us for the post-screening discussion and refreshments

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Wednesday 19th November 2014
The Water Poet
9-11 Folgate Street, E1 6BX

Our School


94 mins: Director: Mona Nicoara, USA

Three Roma (“Gypsy”) children from a small Transylvanian town participate in a project to desegregate the local school, struggling against indifference, tradition and bigotry with humour, optimism and sass. OUR SCHOOL is a captivating, surprisingly funny, and ultimately infuriating story about hope and race.
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The Joy of Reading


12 mins: Director, Dominique Telemaque, Dominican Republic

Lolo, a 7 year old boy who is passionate about learning to read, is on a mission to obtain a book needed for school. He reaches a crossroad where he reflects on his struggles and learns a valuable life lesson.



10 mins: Director, Daniela Wayllace, Belgium

This film is inspired by human rights and the violence and rape against children. Every part of the film is articulated by a coherent musical composition structure in which the characters evolving in crescendo in space. Image and music work together to create an intensity of sensations and emotions.

Ghana: They Wanted Her to Marry at 10


3 mins: UNICEF

This film is part of a campaign against child marriage.

I Don't Think We Are Equal


1 min: Director, Dominique Telemaque, Dominican Republic

Two shoeshine boys, one Haitian and the other Dominican. They talk about equality.

Please note that the screening will take place in the basement room, only accessible by stairs.

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Monday 24th November 2014
University College London
Christopher Ingold Building
G21 - Ramsay Lecture Theatre
20 Gordon Street, WC1H 0AY

The Three Pillars of Freedom; new films on Human Rights

One Thousand and One Teardrops


17.07 mins: Director, Fateme Ahmadi

On her first day of school, little Louly is faced with a question: what should she wear?

A Short Film About Fear


9.30 mins: Director, Keith O’Grady, Ireland

A meditation on the nature of fear, cause and effect as seen through the eyes of a child.

La Última Escena (The Final Scene)


19 mins: Director, Iván Nakouzi

Heine Mix Toro (78), an eminent former playwright and theater director, after his return from the exile of Pinochet's dictatorship, has been marginalized and now lives as a hermit in a humble shack.

Causa Vitae Curriculum Mortis


5.30 mins: Director, Lucas Scandura

The Diagnosis of an entire life or of a life that is yet to come? Gods failure or evil's success? Sick or blessed? High-impact contrasts between good/evil, right/wrong and virtue/turpitude.

After the screening, join the Q & A session with the film makers and others who share similar interests. There will be light refreshments. We look forward to seeing you.

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Festival Aims
BFI Youth Day 2014
Festival History