The UK festival for micro-budget and no-budget films starts tonight. Hosted at the Roxy Bar and Screen, Borough High Street and Shortwave Cinema, Bermondsey Square the festival showcases indie filmmakers and films that are overlooked by other events. Many screenings are open and free and the feature films that are ticketed are a ridiculously micro-budget £2 a pop.
The festival starts this evening from 6pm with a free open screening of shorts at Shortwave. Then on with the feature films. Note that Saturday is dedicated to horror with a double dose of zombies at Shortwave and Sunday offers more free open screenings of both feature films and shorts.
On Monday the action rolls over to the Roxy with another open shorts programme and watch out for that bloke out of Spandau Ballet and Eastenders in Jack Falls. Book for The Scandalous Four on Tuesday for forced marriage, boredom and sex in 19th century England and BUG fans, heads up: there's a best of music videos open screening too. On Wednesday watch a man sell himself and another find out his fiance is a killer.
Take a few days off and prepare yourself for a weekend at Shortwave. Saturday 23 April offers open screenings of documentaries and shorts. On the feature film front, we recommend 'SSDD: Same Shit Different Day' on Sunday 24 April, as its tagline is 'working for a living in London isn't easy' and 'Treacle Jr.' which finds its protagonist living on the streets of London.
LIFF closes with its awards ceremony on Sunday 24 April at 9pm at Shortwave. Browse the full LIFF 2011 selection online.
London Independent Film Festival runs 15-24 April at Roxy Bar and Screen and Shortwave. Many screenings are open and free but you can buy tickets for feature films at the LIFF website.