22nd - 27th May 2023

The core programme of Festival of the Moving Image 2023 will take place at UCL’s Bloomsbury Theatre. These events are ticketed: please book a festival pass or day ticket to attend.

An extended programme of events is taking place outside the Bloomsbury Theatre, which are free to enter and generally unticketed. Please see individual events for more information.

Find a full list of venues and directions here.



19:00 – 23:59

Night Tales Loft

Celebrate the launch our 2023 festival with a dance at east London’s Night Tales Loft, featuring DJs from UCL’s own Electronic Music Society.


BFI Presents: Screening of ‘Blue Jean’ with introduction by BFI Senior Manager, James Weddup

16:00 – 18:00

Harrie Massey LT

As part of this year’s FOMI celebrations, UCL partner, the British Film Institute (BFI) will be presenting Blue Jean (Georgia Oakley, 2022) and a Q&A to discuss the BFI’s work to support emerging filmmakers and across talent development.

Rebellion (2021): Screening

19:00 – 20:30

JZ Young LT

Documentary film screening for BAFTA-nominated documentary film Rebellion (Maia Kenworthy & Elena Sánchez Bellot, 2021) ahead of Thursday’s panel discussion with the directors. 


Unexpected Encounters: Screenings + Q&A

14:45 – 16:00

JZ Young LT

Centring around an “unexpected encounter”, in this programme we screen the short films X to X (Lily Gwynne-Thomas, 2023) and Bibimbap for One (Ella Greenwood, 2022) followed by a discussion between Lily Gwynne-Thomas and Maya Bartley O’Dea.

MUBI Presents: Screening of The African Desperate (2022)

16:30 – 18:15

JZ Young LT

Film screening of The African Desperate (Martine Syms, 2022), in partnership with MUBI.

UCL Film & TV Society Presents: Collection of short films

19:00 – 20:30

JZ Young LT

A collection of short films created by members of UCL Film & TV Society that date back to 1966. 


Documenting Change: Panel Discussion + Q&A

16:30 – 17:30

Bloomsbury Theatre
In times of crisis, how can filmmakers portray social change? Join the BAFTA-nominated directors of Rebellion (2021), Maia Kenworthy and Elena Sánchez Bellot, and co-producer of award-winning The Territory (2022), Lizzie Gillett, in a panel discussion on environmentally-driven documentaries.

The Power and Limitations of the Archive: Panel Discussion + Q&A

18:00 – 19:00

Bloomsbury Theatre

Join us in a panel to discuss both the political and the practical nuances of working with archives with filmmakers who have succesfully introduced archival footage in their films.


18:30 – 20:30

South Cloisters

Join us for our main networking event of the festival, where you can meet up and coming filmmakers, students, and industry professionals!

T A P E Collective Presents: Tracing Entanglements + Q&A

20:30 – 22:30  

Bloomsbury Theatre

Curated by T A P E Collective. This programme explores our best ability to piece together the fragments of our heritage and ancestry; whether of memories, photographs, legends, folklore or objects.



There Will Be Some Who Will Not Fear Even That Void (2013): Screening + Q&A

14:00 – 15:30

JZ Young LT

Screening of docufiction film exploring the entanglement of environmental influence on humans, followed by director Q&A with Saeed Taji Farouky. 

Short Films for Change: Screenings, Panel + Q&A

17:30 – 19:00

Bloomsbury Theatre

A screening with short films that try in some way to illuminate social issue, and strive for change. Followed by a Q&A with some of the most exciting young voices working in film now.

Entangled Encounters: Screenings + Q&A

20:30 – 22:30

Bloomsbury Theatre

FOMI-curated film screening celebrating student films with the theme of Entangled Encounters, followed by director Q&As.


FOMI Short Film Competition: Experimental Programme

13:00 – 15:00

Archaeology LT

An exciting mix of experimental shorts from student filmmakers from across the world.

FOMI Short Film Competition: Documentary Programme

16:00 – 17:30

Bloomsbury Theatre

Screening of documentary shorts from the competition that exhibit exceptional nonfiction storytelling.

FOMI Short Film Competition: Fiction Programme

18:00 – 19:30

Bloomsbury Theatre

Screening of fiction shorts that were stand-outs amongst the short film competition.


Festival of the Moving Image 2023: Awards Ceremony

20:30 – 22:30

Bloomsbury Theatre

Awards ceremony for the student short film competition, sponsored by MUBI.