Education, Training and
Portobello Film Festival offers free training and work
experience in Event Management for unemployed people
based around the production of the August Festival and
the year round Community and weekly free screenings.
of Event Management are covered from basic office skills
and IT, to PR/Marketing, fundraising, programming, projection
and front of house and dealing with the public, sponsors
and film makers.
pre-production starts as early as January and begins
in earnest in June. Weekly, one off and community shows
take place throughout the year. Previous trainees have
got full time work in both the media industry and the
world at large. It is an enjoyable, motivating experience
working on the Portobello Film Festival with plenty
of scope for initiative. Festival experience always
looks good on a CV and we are happy to provide references.
Management Training Programme has been supported since
2000 by Royal Borough Of Kensington & Chelsea and
local SRB's (Fighting Unemployment in North Kensington
and Golbourne United) and Campden Charities. The Festival's
activities are centred around North Kensington - the
Golborne ward there is one of the 10% most deprived
wards in UK with higher than average crime and poverty
rates - rather than the more well off Notting Hill and
south Portobello Road.
The Course itself is flexible. Trainees are encouraged
from the outset to work in areas that interest or stimulate
them . . . previous participants have gone on to programme
whole strands of the August Festival, made films for
or about the Festival, been responsible for local and
national press, written articles for the website, and
booked famous names for personal appearances, as well
as more mundane tasks like photocopying, answering the
phone and addressing envelopes. It's a practical training
at the cutting edge of one of the most glamorous and
exciting contemporary multimedia projects but grounded
in the reality of successfully delivering a high profile,
high quality event.
Festival, and at some of the year round shows, movie
and media stars and industry professionals give seminars
and Q&A's on all aspects of working in the industry
from both creative and business aspects. These talks
are open to trainees and public alike, and are free.
Past presentations have included Chris Cunningham, Apple
Final Cut Pro Editing Systems, Franc Roddam, Mike Figgis,
music video commissioner John Hassay, Metrodome distributors,
Wall Of Sound record label, Zentropa, Jenny Runacre,
Anita Pallenberg, Don Letts and John Malkovich.
If you're interested in getting
involved phone JB or Leona on 020 8960 0996 or email
us at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Our offices are at Unit 11, ACAVA, 54 Blechynden Street,
Lonson W10 6RJ. . .just by Latimer Road tube station.
The greatest pleasure of working in the Portobello/Ladbroke
Grove area is its’ colourful and diverse community,
with a multicultural history ranging back from the Empire
Windrush and large Spanish and Moroccan immigrations
and the 50s race riots through the swinging sixties
and the punky seventies to the acid house eighties to
the desperately trendy nineties. The area has provided
cultural asylum for those fleeing the standardization
of culture and seeking something new. It is a cultural
front line and the Carnival and the market, and now
the Film Festival, celebrate this artistic community.
popular event of the Festival is the weekend in North
Kensington’s Emslie Horniman’s Park where we screen
non stop family, comic book, rock and roll and comedy
feature films on a 20 ft Megascreen. The Megascreen
can show pictures outside in daylight and, along with
Carnival’s Steel Band competition here, it is a highlight
of the year for the local community. The “newcomers”
to Portobello Road have The Electric Cinema, and the
long time locals have the Portobello Film Festival Family
Fun weekend at Emslie with stalls, food and even a funfair.
Big hits over the years have include The Incredibles,
Monsters Inc, Shrek 1 & 2, Spiderman 1 & 2,
X-Men 1 & 2, all three Matrix movies, O Brother
Where Art Thou, Black Hawk Down, the Sex Pistols and
Clash movies, Elvis-That’s The Way It Is, Harry Potter,
Lord Of The Rings and Troy.
We have shown seasons of family films at The
Venture Centre, Wornington Road, W10 and co produced
a Media Festival at K & C College, Wornington Road.
We have helped present the Kilburn Film Festival and
coached excluded kids in filmmaking at The Granville
Centre, NW6. We have screened films for Senior Citizens
at the Colville Health Centre, W11, and been a free
cinema resource at The Inn On The Green, W10, and The
Paradise, W10. We programmed the annual free Tavistock
Festival in Tavistock Square, W10, and ran screenings
with ACAVA at the Arts Unwrapped Studio Open Day
at Belechynden Street, W10. We have our own portable
cinema system with projector, sound system and screen.
Film Festival does not charge entry to any of its’ shows.
Video Cafes have moved from The Venture Centre to the
Beat Bar later Mau Maus -, W11, via Woodys, Westbourne
Park, Uncle’s, Portobello Road, and on to Westbourne
Studios, Acklam Rd W10, and The Inn On The Green.
We present work by local community and filmmaking groups
like Rice N Peas, Black Eye, Connections Hammersmith
and the Notting Dale Technology Centre. We premiered
The Real Notting Hill from the Portobello Project, featuring
kids from the Pupil Referral Unit that was screened
on Channel 4. And we bring in work from abroad from
places like Iran, Ireland and Jamaica. Julian Marley
has been a patron since 2000 when we showed the Marley
Family’s One Love film in Emslie Horniman’s Park.
Outreach shows have taken place at The Clinic, Soho,
and Ali Cats, Brighton, the Glastonbury Festival, the
Macau Film Festival in China, the Marburg Open Eyes
Festival in Germany, Lyons Art Festival, and at the
Cannes Film Festival where Kensington & Chelsea
Community Education sponsored a stall for us in the
British Pavilion. . . bringing a flavour of urban cutting
edge West London culture to the rest of the world.