Free Film Festival turns five: Find out more and get involved

A full house at the White Swan for the screening of ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ during last year’s Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival

An invite from friend of the Charlton Champion, PAUL CHAPMAN, to get involved with this year’s Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival.

Hard to believe but The Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival is about to enter its 5th year! The last 4 years have seen the Festival show free films all over the SE7 and SE18 postcodes. From Hollywood blockbusters to black and white classics; Egyptian arthouse to Shaun the Sheep; we’ve played to crowds of over 100 right down to 2 people and a projectionist – and enjoyed them all. And now is your chance to get involved!

Like all the Free Film Festivals in south London, the CWFFF relies on volunteers; to come up with ideas, to make them happen, to stack the chairs and rattle the buckets, we can’t do it without you.

And if that sounds a bit overwhelming, don’t be afraid. We’ve built up a solid team over the last four years, and we won’t pitch newcomers straight into managing a whole event on their own. If you’ve never been involved before, we can pair you up with a previous volunteer and you can learn the ropes and see if the Festival is for you.

Get involved

Our first meeting is next week, on 12th February at Charlton House from 7.30pm and we’d love to see lots of new faces.

And if you own or work at a great local venue, and you think you could host a film at the festival this year, get in touch! We are also always on the lookout for local businesses who may want to be a food and drink provider at an event, ‘the localler the better’ in the words of our illiterate chief organiser Gavin Eastley.

And after all that, if you are really just interested in watching the films, that is fine too. Sign up to our mailing list and we’ll keep you updated as and when we have more news. You can also find and contact us on Twitter and Facebook or email us at gavin [at]


The Charlton Champion would like to thank the Free Film Festival for all their support to help us put on a really enjoyable screening of All the President’s Men at Charlton House last week – thank you too to everyone who joined us on the night.


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