Your questions answered about Leytonstone Loves Film

Published Thursday 26 September by Owen

This weekend is Leytonstone Loves Film and here is a handy guide to what you need to know to make sure everyone has a great time. 
How can I find out what's on and when?

You can visit the Leytonstone Loves Film website for the full programme of screenings and events. You can download a digital guide for the weekend here. There will also be plenty of signage and an Info Hub at Leytonstone Library during the weekend, plus friendly hosts and Legends of the Forest who will help you find your way around. 

Do I need a ticket?

No, this is a free unticketed event handled on a first come, first served basis. You don’t need to book in advance however, capacity for venues are limited so we recommend you arrive as early as possible to avoid disappointment. 

If you are unable to queue or wait to be seated, we can provide an access pass that allows you queue-free access and a guaranteed seat. To get your pass by mail, please get in touch with us by 22 September 2019 by email to or call the Barbican Box Office on 0207 638 8891. Hard of Hearing customers, please text 07710 854 085.

After 22 September, you can pick up an access pass on the day of the screening at either the Site Office located next to Le Parisien café in Leytonstone station or at the Info Hub at the bottom of Leytonstone Library.

What happens if it rains?

Some screenings will be taking place outdoors. Please ensure you bring a spare blanket or hoodie to keep warm and be aware that outdoor screenings may be cancelled in the event of heavy rain. In the event of light rain or drizzle, outdoor screenings will go ahead. If in doubt, please check Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture's social media channels and website for cancellation information.

Are there medical facilities?

There will be roaming first aiders on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, there will be an ambulance base and treatment position located in the bus depot at the rear of the Luna Lounge.

Can I bring my own food and drink?

Small amounts of personal snacks will be allowed in all venues. No alcohol, controlled drugs or substances suspected to be a controlled drug are permitted. There will be a range of bars available to purchase alcohol at the event.

Street food and drink will be available across the weekend - please see our list of vendors here.

Are there any road closures?

Yes, you can find all information on road closures here.

Will there be photography?

Yes, official photography and filming will be taking place throughout across the Leytonstone Loves Film sites. Please speak to the accredited photographer and videographer if you do not want to be captured on film or head to the Info Hub at Leytstone library to collect a red sticker.

How are the films classified?

Some of the films have been classified by the BBFC. You can find the BBFC classification guidelines at this link. 

Some of the films have not been classified by the BBFC and have been given a guiding age classification to ensure viewers, particularly parents and guardians, are able to make an informed decision on whether they wish to view a film. 

The following screenings have been classified as 15 by the BBFC which means no one under the age of 15 will be permitted at the screening:

Tangerine | BlacKkKlansman | Paprika | Fireflies

The following screenings have been classified as 12A by the BBFC. Films classified 12A contain material that is not generally suitable for children aged under 12. No one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult.

What Have You Done Today Mervyn Day? | Men In Black, The Nutty Professor, Why Did I Get Married? | Flag Wars

Where are the toilets?

Toilets can be found on the corner of Church Lane and Harrington Road, on the eastern side of the bus station, on the high street running north from the junction of Church Lane and St John's Churchyard.

All of our interior venues will have toilets also, and there are accessible toilets at or near each toilet block.

Do's and Dont's

We want everyone to have a great time so some quick guidelines below:

Mobile phones: We’d love you to take photos and share your experiences on social media using the hashtag #leytonstonelovesfilm but once the screening starts please switch off your mobile phone

Rain: In the case of bad weather wrap up warm and bring raincoats, hoods and hats, but please do not open your umbrellas during outdoor screenings as this can obstruct the view of others

Late arrivals: Screenings will be relaxed and where capacity allows its fine to arrive or leave whilst a screening is in progress, but please be mindful of others and where possible arrive in good time to prevent unnecessary disturbances

Food & drink: During the screenings, you’re welcome to consume food and drink bought at the licensed bars and food concessions within each indoor and outdoor venue, but you cannot bring your own alcohol into a screening venue.

Smoking is strictly prohibited in all indoor and outdoor screening venues (including e-cigarettes!)

Terms and conditions of entry

To ensure that all events organised by Waltham Forest Council run smoothly and are as enjoyable as possible for everyone, please be aware of the following terms and conditions of entry. Unless otherwise indicated, the following points relate to all Waltham Forest Council events.

  • Dogs at events - our general approach is to welcome well-behaved dogs on a lead at our events.  There may be circumstances relating to the location or nature of the event which make it unsuitable for dogs and we will advise accordingly. For details of this advice please see the Councils website policy on dogs at events.
  • No glass.
  • No alcohol, controlled drugs or substances suspected to be a controlled drug - there will be a range of bars available to purchase alcohol at the events.
  • No unauthorised professional film or video equipment.
  • No flags.
  • No sky lanterns.
  • No bicycles - they can only be parked in designated bays or areas within the event space and are left at the owners risk the Council and the event organisers accept no liability to damaged or lost items.
  • No barbeques.
  • No temporary structures e.g. gazebos, tents or tables.
  • Certain folding chairs may be permitted subject to capacity and there will be designated areas where chairs are not permitted- near the stage. We reserve the right to amend this on the day of the event.
  • Picnic blankets are permitted but may be subject to certain areas if capacity is high.
  • Small and personal provisions of food and soft drinks will be allowed. There will be a wide range of food and drink available to purchase on site.
  • No roller blades.
  • Children under the age of 14 will not be admitted unless supervised by an adult.
  • Your body and/or bag will searched at the entrance. Any item(s), which may reasonably be considered for use as a weapon, or which may cause danger or disruption to any other persons at the event, will be confiscated.
  • Property is at the owner’s own risk during the event. The event organisers will not be held liable for any loss, injuries or damages sustained at the event including damage, theft or losses to property and motor vehicles, if the cause is due to the negligence of the owner or the actions of other patrons or third parties.
  • The management of the event reserves the right to refuse admission at any time.
  • Anyone resisting confiscation of disallowed items or disregarding the above conditions or committing antisocial acts will face eviction.
  • No sparklers.
  • The Council operates a ZERO tolerance policy to any verbal abuse of any kind towards staff or members of the public. We reserve the right to remove persons from site or refuse entry if we feel it necessary.

If you would like further information, please contact