The North London based Unrestricted View Film Festival is delighted to announce their 2019 programme for its fourth year. Launched in 2016, and following three very successful years, the 2019 Unrestricted View Film Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever before and will take place between 23rd – 28thApril 2018.

Last year saw the festival’s rewarding expansion beyond The Hen & Chickens Theatre with the addition of two new venues including Everyman’s Screen on The Green. For this year’s festival, the opening night film will again be shown at The Screen On The Greenand this year, for the first time, screenings will also be held in Islington’s Vue Cinema; this development will further help the festival to establish itself as a notable cultural event across Islington.

The opening film, DRAGONFLIES ONLY LIVE FOR 24 HOURS, will kick off the 6-day event with a screening at The Screen on the Green at 7pm on Tuesday 23rd April, with the festival going on to screen a further ninety-five films.

‘Dragonflies Only Live For 24 Hours’ is a thrilling mirco-budget independent feature film drama that was shot over the course of one year, using only volunteers. It follows two ambitious detectives’ (played by Karl Kennedy-Williams and Judson Vaughan) as they stakeout a potential drugs ring. The story moves back and forth between a present day thread a look into the future – witnessing how quickly the central characters rose through the ranks of the police force while investigating a suspected gang related murder with racial connotations.

As with previous years, The Hen & Chickens Theatre, an independent theatre and screening room hub in the centre of Islington, will act as the core of the festival, with the delightful pub below serving as the bustling networking and meeting place for filmmakers and fans alike.

The Creative Director of the festival, James Wren, says:

 The UVFF festival is run by filmmakers for filmmakers we’re passionate about celebrating all aspects of independent film making and creating platforms for up and coming artists. Year upon year, the festival keeps getting bigger and better and this year, and really excited by the addition of the Islington Vue as a venue to showcase our magnificent slate of short films. The festival programme includes creative teams from across the world. We’re also hosting events and workshops throughout the week at The Hen and Chickens Theatre, so there is a lot for people to get involved in!


From the diverse line-up of films set to show at the Festival, here are some of the highlights…

Barren and Empty the Sea (Director: Lucas Parnes & Jesus Serna) – Thursday 25th April, 5pm

Esteban wakes up one morning and everybody accuses him of being a stranger that happens to look just like Esteban. They say Esteban is missing and has been for days.

This original film by duo Jesus Serna and Lucas Parnes will leave you wondering about the gap that exists between how we see ourselves and how others see us.

Some Kind Of Love (Director: Jack Grewar) – Thursday 25th April, 7pm

Following a tragedy, a young woman returns to her home town and embarks on a dangerous affair whilst sinking deeper into alcohol and drug addiction.

Automata (Director: Lawrie Brewster) – Friday 26th April, 7pm

Automata tells the story of an antiques expert called upon to authenticate a three-hundred-year-old clockwork doll with a notorious history, the ‘Infernal Princess’. Soon he is under its corrupting influence, and finds himself the target of dark forces beyond his control.


In a first this year, Islington’s Vue Cinema will screen the festival’s reputable list of short films. The step up to include this established venue makes the perfect setting for the high calibre of short films.

 The award nominated shorts will be split across the weekend of Saturday 27th April and Sunday 28th April, with eight being screened from 3pm on Saturday and a further eight being screened from 3pm on Sunday (full details in the programme).

Here’s a couple to look out for each day from a very an impressive line up of shorts,


Saturday 27th April at 3pm

Worthless (Dir: Dave Fulton, UK)

Sump (Dir: Mike Wozniak, UK)


Sunday 28th April at 3pm

Anacronte (Dir: Raul Koler, Emiliano Sette, Argentina)

Futures (Dir: Daniel Marc Janes, UK)

The UVFF Awards will be presented on Sunday April 28th, at The Hen and Chickens, after careful deliberation by the panel of judges made up of novelist Martina Cole (Novelist), TV producers Barry Ryan & David Walton, former producer of BFI London Film Festival Emilie Arnold, award winning writer Si Spencer, award winning actor Richard Glover, film director Mark Lo, agent Corrie McGuire, award winning actress and director Emily Haigh and actress Angela Peters. 

Awards & Prizes

Best Feature

Best Foreign Feature

Best Short

Best Foreign Short

Best Web Series

Best Documentary

Best Documentary (Short)

Best Director (Feature)

Best Director (Short)

Best Actor (Feature)

Best Actress (Feature)

Best Actress (Short)

Best Actor (Short)

Best Score

Best Cinematography

Best Editing

Best Screenplay

Best Art Direction

Best Make Up/Costume

Best Animation

Festival Director’s Choice

Best Make Up/Costume


Tickets for all shows are available from or on the door.