Personal Impressions from the 2018 Essay Film Festival

by Andrew Northrop

The 4th edition of the Essay Film Festival, run by Birkbeck’s Institute for the Moving Image, continued the festival’s focus on classic, emerging and lesser-screened works falling under the umbrella ‘essay film’ term. Theorists, academics and critics alike have taken an increasingly strong look at essay filmmaking across the last decade, and the Essay Film Festival’s emergence in 2015 created a necessary space for these oft-challenging works to be championed and rediscovered.

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