Beeston Film Festival

It’s Lights, Camera, Action! as Beeston Festival goes to the movies.

Beeston Festival is extending into the evening for 2022 with a festival of short films from 6:30pm.

The selection of independent short films has been hand picked to represent real-life and honest themes in our community including immigration, multiculturalism and social pressures such as mental health.

The outdoor event will take place near the main stage, once the children’s and young people’s activities have been dismantled. ‘Doors’ open at 6:30pm with the first film being shown at 7pm. The films are due to finish at 8:30pm.

The Film Festival is free, but ticketed. You can register for tickets online at, at the Information tent throughout the day, or get your ticket on the gate, subject to availability. Bring your own chair or blanket. Refreshments and ice creams will be available to buy.

Amongst the films to be screened are:

Barry The Beekeeper directed by Ikram Ahmed
An intergenerational documentary that follows Barry, a Jamaican-born beekeeper who has been the heart of his local community for over 20 years. Despite the pandemic threatening the closure of his beloved Caribbean centre, Barry takes inspiration from his bees and is still reminded that hope and togetherness can be found in all situations.

Young Phoenix directed by Jenny H Ledikwe & Isaac Marumo
Three young adults create a bond whilst striving to promote mental well-being among their peers, sharing their experiences with anxiety, depression and addiction. The aim of this picture is de-stigmatization, with poignant metaphoric visuals and poetic narrative uniquely portraying the symptoms and emotions of these social experience. On a journey to the light at the end of the tunnel the group share their darkest moments – highlighting the vitality of communication in (male) mental health and illustrating support is closer than you think.

Displaced directed by Akeim Toussaint Buck
Visually captivating with striking imagery and virtuoso dance, ‘Displaced’ takes the viewer on a journey calling for reflection and global change. A cinematic reimagining of  the one-man dance theatre show: ‘Windows of Displacement’. The film explores of themes such as displacement, race, culture and imperialism through dance and. Focussing on the African Diaspora via the settings of the inner-city community which amplify this feeling of displacement. Giving the viewer a fraction of the feeling of being displaced people.

Shear directed by Riyadh Haque
Yasmin, an impressionable South Asian teen, finds herself trapped between her strict, traditional family and the man she is in love with. One night, when Yasmin sneaks out to a party, she inadvertently starts a chain of events that changes her life forever.

The Dealer directed by Jamie Swaby & Kenton Thomas
When the world shut down due to a global pandemic, Anton lost his job and his partner. Lonely, and desperate to leave his house, he discovers a new way to make money and meet new people. Dealing tiny pieces of happiness in the form of written affirmations. He gives them to other lonely souls, people suffering mentally, and anyone in need of a kind word from a stranger. 

As well as the evening Film Festival, there’s a movie theme all day with a Children’s Fancy Dress Competition taking place in the Children’s tent at 3:30pm.

And don’t miss the Silent Movie Crew and stilt-walking Fairy Godmother who will be mingling with festival-goers across the site, bringing a smile to your face.

The Silent Move Crew
Fairy Godmother

Organised by and for local people to celebrate the life and diversity of our community

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