Bluebird Pictures founded the World Cinema Film Festival in 2018.

The premise was simple, to create a film festival for emerging filmmakers in the UK and around the world. It is a celebration of culture and community through a love of film.

We realised very quickly that there were not enough film festivals helping filmmakers at the start of their careers. With this being the case the WCFF was born.

Filmmakers are asked to submit a short film on the theme culture and what it means to them.

And as the festival was founded in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham we included a Barking and Dagenham winner. The festival therefore had two winners; an international winner (including the UK) and one Barking and Dagenham winner.

The winners will then receive on-going support from Bluebird Pictures, meetings and mentoring with industry professionals, Final Draft screenwriting software, a screening at the festival and a trophy.

2018 winners


Tom and Varun – Transmission

Barking and Dagenham

Jaha Browne – Homelands

Guest speakers

Director Koby Adom

Director Ron Scalpello

Actor Steve Toussaint

Director of Photography Deepa Keshvala

Director and photographer Olivia Rose

Submissions are via Film Freeway

Our three selected films to screen alongside the winners films were:

House Girl by British-Ghanain filmmaker Koby Adom
Close-Ties by Polish filmmaker Zofia Zowalewska
The School Bag by Indian filmmaker Dheeraj Jindal

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