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Back and bigger than ever, and now in it's 12th edition, the  East End Film Festivalstarted this week and runs until the 10th of July, culminating in the screening of the heavily anticipated biopic of Deep Throat star - (Linda) 'Lovelace'. A fantastic platform to showcase new and inspiring talent: " The EEFF's mission is to discover, support and exhibit pioneering work by global and independent filmmakers, and to introduce viewers to innovative and challenging cinematic experiences"

Some amazing locations are being used to hold various events and premiers, and the whole festival was kicked off in true art deco style at the Troxy with The UK GOLD; a documentary exploring the history of tax avoidance and accompanied by an original soundtrack by Thom Yorke of Radio Head.

EEFF showcases more than seventy feature film screenings, several short film programmes, and a variety of cross-arts events and industry activities across a six day festival. The EEFF's established awards system includes: Best Film (reserved for first and second features); Best Documentary; Best UK Short Film; and the EEFF Short Film Audience Award. The EEFF 2012 jury featured Dexter Fletcher, Sandra Hebron, Adrian Wootton and Joe Wright.

Highlights this year include the new East End Live, a day-long mini music festival which will conclude this year's festival. It will see over sixty acts perform in ten distinct locations across the East End (many in Tower Hamlets).

Starting tonight at the Genesis Cinema (Mile End Road), Cutting East. Aimed at inspiring the youth of East London, with two days of films, music, workshops and performances.

Programmed by the Cutting East steering group, a small team of young people who all lived and study in East London, we aim to bring together a range of movies, performance art, slam poetry workshops, live music and community events. We hope this festival might inspire youth to do something more with their talents, ideas and goals. Different perspectives are brought together to reflect our lives, what we love and what changes we can make to society."

Earlier this year, Film Office, supported 'Mohammed' - a BFI-funded short film with their locations. Film Office & Tower Hamlets Council organised work experience for the members of the Cutting East Steering Group. They were able to shadow and assist the production on location in their camera and design departments over three days. Greatly enjoyed by all and valuable exoerienced gained, some of the youngsters even came back to help for an impromptu second day:

"Because of our publicly-funded status and the positive story we were telling, Dominic (Tower Hamlets Film Officer) went out of his way to help our production out - the film will be a cut above what we could have managed without his and Film Office's support…The director, Mustapha Kseibati and I are now planning our debut feature, and hope to return to the area for that." (Michael Berliner - Producer, 'Mohammed', BFI-funded short)

Cutting East is a partnership between Tower Hamlets Council, Queen Mary University of London, and the East End Film Festival and is supported by Film London through the National Lottery Funding on Behalf of the BFI and Youth in Action via the British Council.

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Film Office & Tower Hamlets Council continues to support aspiring film makers and youth led programmes so if you think we can help in any way - please get in touch.