Spring is always a busy time for film festivals in London and this year is no different, with no less than four new festivals kicking off next week alone. First up on Wednesday April 11 it’s the International Buddhist Film Festival, offering a selection of soul-nourishing work including docs on Buddha and Aung San Suu Kyi, and dramas including intriguing mystery tale ‘Mindfulness and Murder’. Thursday sees the launch of the Fringe! East End Gay Film Festival, an alternative to the recent LLGFF with tons of free events, discussions, parties and film screenings, including plenty of saucy stuff. Also on Thursday, the annual Terracotta Asian Film Festival begins at the Prince Charles with perhaps its strongest lineup yet, offering new work by Kim Ki-Duk (‘Arirang’, above) and Shion Sono (‘Himizu’), and an all-night Asian horror special on Friday. The weekend also sees the opening of this year’s Images of Black Women festival at the Tricycle, offering features, docs and shorts exploring cinematic representations of black women across the world.
You can find full details of all these events in this week’s Time Out.