Great news from the Everyman cinemas chain based in London; during September (23rd -29th) they will be presenting for the first time in London the Kicking & Screening Film Festival across their brands of cinema in North and North West London at Hampstead, Belsize Park, Baker Street and Screen on the Green - Islington. Screening the best films about the world's greatest and most popular game.
K&S was the first film festival in North America devoted entirely to football/soccer films. The unprecedented success in 2009, led to a second one in 2010 with satellite festivals taking place also in Washington DC, Houston, Boston and even, Amsterdam. The third annual K&S/New York festival will be staged at the famous Tribeca cinemas later this month. And in September, football cinema is coming home.
Everyman cinemas however are asking upon film-makers to submit football-inspired shorts and/or features to be considered for this year's schedule. Anyone wishing to do so should go to the following links:
http://www.kickingandscreening.com/blog/submissions.html or http://www.everymancinemas.com/
The deadline for submissions is August 1, with the full festival line up announced on August 31st.
It is worth noting that on the K&S advisory board, and those likely to have a say on the line-up include Grant Best (football live director with Sky Sports) and Tom Watt (renowned football historian and Arsenal fan, and broadcaster for BBC London)
And with such successes as The Damned United, Zidane and Once in a Lifetime released in recent years; the time is right for a glory tinged football festival.
Spread the word of this young festival, and if you can get down to any of the screenings, even better.