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Alternative Cinema is the online intersection between the divergent subcultures of British independent, underground, experimental, protest, cult, Avant- Garde, D.I.Y. and Artist’s film and video. It’s an event listings guide which covers the film club scene through to pop-up cinemas, microcinemas, gallery installations, local film festivals and pub screenings. If you want to join the audience, this is the gate to the spectacular and subversive realm of alternative cinema.

The minimum requirement is that your event must be some kind of alternative to the commercial mainstream feature film industry.

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The London Short Film Festival, now in its 13th year, opens Friday 8th Jan with an OPENING NIGHT PARTY: Gabba Gabba Analogue!! at the ICA. See the full programme here.

New Alternative Cinemas : Videos online

The BFI has posted video features on the Deptford Cinema, Close Up and the Small Cinema in Liverpool

Pop Up Cinema Now Totally Mainstream

The Daily Telegraph has published a guide to Pop Up and open air cinema :

A History of 1970s Experimental Film : Britains Decade of Diversity

A new comprehensive history of British experimental film in the 1970s by Patti Gaal-Holmes has been published by Palgrave.

Check it out here

Ursula Meyer Wins Jarman Award

At a glittering ceremony in Whitechapel Gallery, London-based artist Ursula Mayer was announced winner of the 2014 Jarman Award – FLAMIN'S annual celebration of the UK's 'most talented, visionary and boundary-pushing visual artists working today'. Selected from a 10-strong shortlist, the Austrian-born artist receives a £10,000 cash prize and a commission for Channel 4's short-form arts strand, Random Acts.
Sebastian Buerkner, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, and Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard were also awarded a Random Acts commission.



Deptford Cinema is a new, not-for-profit, volunteer-run cinema focusing on art and experimental film. The cinema is opening in Autumn 2014 and will be the Borough of Lewisham’s only cinema. There will be a 50-seat cinema space, a cafe/lounge area, and studio and darkroom facilities for film processing and workshops. Films will be shown with a digital projector as well as on 16mm and 8mm film. The project aims to support the local community and provide experience and education in experimental film and art.

If you would like to lend a helping hand or have any ideas or talents to contribute, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or come along to one of the public meetings, every sunday at 4pm in the cinema space.


In an unexpected move by the owners of the building it was announced on Tuesday 13th May, that the Horse Hospital will be put it on the open market next month for £2.5 million.This unique venue has been a hub for alternative and underground cinema for over 21 years and it's loss would be impossible to replace. In a packed crisis meeting on Monday 2nd June various plans to save the venue were discussed. In the short term, it was revealed that the current tenants have the legal right to demand an extension of the lease, although this may have to be established in the courts.

Jeff Keen Website Now Online

Stella Keen's fabulous new website provides a wealth of material about her father Jeff Keen artist, filmmaker and poet 1923 - 2012.

Copyright Law Changes

From June 2014 changes in the British copyright law will allow for the exception of :

'Fair dealing with a performance or a recording of a performance for the purposes of caricature, parody or pastiche...'

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