War Child, the charity for children affected by conflict, has launched its inaugural War Child Film Festival in partnership with Everyman Cinemas.

The unique two-week event combines cinematic previews and premieres with live events, Q&As, panel discussions and performances; all to raise money for children whose lives have been torn apart by war.

The eclectic programme will include special events curated by bands, radio stations, record labels, and cultural publications as well as live performances, DJs and more.

Taking place in venues across London from 25 September to 6 October there’s something to suit every music and film fan.

Tickets are on sale now www.ourscreen.com/warchildfilmfestival with prices starting at £5.

Highlights include a screening of Spice Girl’s movie, Spice World, with a special appearance from Melanie C, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film.

Plan B will also make an appearance at an intimate screening of his comeback single ‘In The Name Of Man’, which will be accompanied by the ‘Making Of…’ Commentary.

Placebo’s Stefan Olsdal will discuss their film Alt.Russia with director Charlie Targett-Adams, looking at alternative creative culture when the band recently played ten dates across Russia.

Other highlights include Purple Rain, providing an opportunity to watch the legend Prince’s acting debut in the distinguished Oval Space, and Scream For Me Sarajevo, which shows Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson with his band Skunkworks perform in the Bosnian Capital at the height of the siege.

The festival will also host special events such as DJ sets and parties curated by the acts and cultural publications including artistic collective Last Night In Paris, who will be performing live at Everyman Screen on the Green.

For those who want to keep their finger firmly on the pulse the screening of the UK Music Video Awards Nominations showcase at the Ham Yard Theatre combines exclusivity and eloquence in equal measure.

The festival will culminate in a screening of Floating Points’ ‘Reflections – Mojave Desert’ and a closing party in collaboration with Dance for Refuge at the CLF Art Café in Peckham’s Bussey Building.

War Child has a rich heritage in innovative musical partnerships and has been harnessing the power of music to change lives since 1995 with the launch of the HELP Album.

Rob Williams, Chief Executive at War Child UK said: “We are delighted to have such a fantastic line up for War Child Film Festival and I would like to thank all the artists and musicians involved.

“Children are at the heart of everything we do. All the money raised will help us reach even more children who are forced to live with the brutality of war- from supporting Syrian children to access education, to reintegrating child soldiers in the Central African Republic and working in juvenile justice in Afghanistan.

“This year’s War Child Film Festival is a great way for the public to get involved in raising awareness and helping us continue our life-changing work.”

100% of the profits from the tickets sold will fund War Child’s crucial work providing protection, education and longer time livelihood solutions to some of the world’s most vulnerable children

War Child works in seven countries including Yemen where the conflict has had devastating consequences for children there. There are shortages of food, medicines and vital supplies and more than 2.2 million children are malnourished.

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By Michael Dickinson

Michael is the VultureHound Film Editor.