Tomorrow marks the start of the first ever Romford Film Festival, which aims to showcase and award filmmakers from the UK and around the world.
Kicking off tomorrow and running until Sunday, not only will the festival feature a diverse range of films, the event will close with an award ceremony.
The ‘Rommy’ Awards include recognition for best picture, leading actor and actress and supporting roles and cover an eclectic mix of feature, animation, short and documentary films.
The festival is being held at Premiere Cinema, Mercury Mall in Romford.
Among the submitted films being screened over the weekend include performances from starring actors, such as Essex’s own James Buckley of The Inbetweeners fame.
Musical performances supporting the event will be equally star studded with confirmed artists The Trusted, Belle Roscoe, Analiza Ching and The Gibb collective – a family tribute to the Bee Gees formed last year by Maurice Gibb’s daughter Samantha.
Also expect a special performance by Barry Gibb at Sunday’s award ceremony.
The festival is the brainchild of a marrying of ideas between writer and director Joe Sultana of Laughing Raison Productions, based in Thurrock, and, producer Daniella Gonella of DG Productions, based at Pinewood Studios.
Joe said: “In a world becoming increasingly fragmented by confrontation and insecurity, we wish to promote the universal appeal of visual narrative, human emotion and dramatic interpretation to impart a powerful message of hope for humankind.
“Within numerous categories and award levels, we are opening up unique opportunities for all filmmakers, screenwriters, actors, editors and composers to receive the accolades and recognition they deserve for breaking down barriers of cultural misconceptions.
“Cinema has the power to change opinions, create an atmosphere of harmony and peace and to touch people of all ethnicities in a human way.”