Idhi Katha Matramena (Is This Just a Story?), Yugantar Film Collective, 1983

The Essay Film Festival, now in its seventh edition, presents a global range of contemporary and restored essayistic works, each exploring the critical and creative zone of possibilities that lies between experimental and documentary modes of filmmaking.

On this website you will find information and resources about past and present editions of the Essay Film Festival, including video and audio recordings of events, photographs, articles and other documents, which we would like to build into a veritable research archive for anyone who is interested in this most lively and engaging mode of filmmaking.

The Essay Film Festival curated by the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, with support from the CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership.

2023 Full Programme