Celebrating the magic of the movies and the love of stories that help us feel more connected.

Leytonstone Loves Film returns for a third year from 15 – 19 September. Across five days attend free events on your doorstep brought to you by local filmmakers and film organisations.

Uncover the magic of the movies in outdoor and indoor venues along the High Road and across town. Enjoy open-air film screenings in Langthorne Park and events in Leytonstone Library, St. John’s Church, Filly Brook, Heathcote & Star, Nexus Centre, online and more.

Celebrate the incredible creativity of Leytonstone through film, talks, installations, trails, workshops and more.

Whether you are a film fanatic, a newbie or simply looking for something fun to do with your friends and family, this free film festival has something for everyone.

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About Us
Leytonstone Loves Film is a free community-powered programme celebrating film culture and Leytonstone’s vibrant cinema community through an exciting programme of small-scale film screenings, talks and workshops, and online events.

Leytonstone Loves Film started back in 2019 as part of London Borough of Culture Waltham Forest. Celebrating the cinematic heritage of east London’s Leytonstone- a site of early film production- over two days more than 8,000 people came together for a wide range of cinematic experiences. Featuring 130 films, the programme ranged from new releases and arthouse cinema to family films and locally made work. Some were shown in cinemas while others were screened in places you wouldn’t necessarily expect, including a local church, a carpark and a pub. The entire programme was free and films were accompanied by workshops as well as other activities.

In 2020, the festival returned for a second year as a hybrid model of small-scale events and online activities including film screenings, online watch parties, talks and workshops in order to adapt to the changing COVID-19 restrictions. 

Leytonstone Loves Film is brought to you by a growing collective. More than 30 local partners have contributed to the festival since 2019, including E17 films; We Are Parable; Women Over Fifty Film Festival, Forest Film Club, Apne Film Club, Leytonstone Pop Up Film Club, Last Frame Film Club and many, many more. Explore the partners.

For this year's festival you can register for free tickets by following the booking link on each of the event listings. If you have any accessibility requirements please do get in touch with us hello@leytonstonelovesfilm.com 

Leytonstone Loves Film is made by local creatives and residents in partnership with Barbican; supported by London Borough of Waltham Forest and Arts Council England.


The following COVID-19 safety measures will be in place across indoor and outdoor events:

  • Please stay at home if you are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms (these are listed on the NHS website) or if you’ve recently been in contact with someone who has the virus.  
  • Hand sanitizer stations at every venue
  • Cleaning and ventilation of indoor venues between events
  • Staff will wear face masks throughout the events (unless exempt)
  • We encourage audiences to wear face masks for all indoor events to support those members of our community who may be considered vulnerable
  • We are encouraging audience members to keep a safe distance from other visitors, where possible
  • NHS Test and Trace at venues that don’t already have this in place
  • Majority of events are ticketed so capacities can be monitored and audiences contacted beforehand, although we will accept walk-ins on the day
  • Outdoor/ open-air events in place and indoor events running at slightly reduced capacities to pre-COVID