London Investigative Film Festival 2015


Spring 2015, London. Venue - TBC

The London Investigative Film Festival is an annual event aimed at showcasing some of the best investigative documentaries, programmes and i-docs from the UK and internationally.

We are inviting submissions for the London Investigative Film Week 2015.


The criteria (must meet at least one of the list below)


- Films/programmes must be made using investigative techniques
- Made a difference in one way or the other
- Won or shortlisted for investigative awards

The format:


- Documentaries, TV programmes or i-docs
- Must be in English or with English subtitles
- Produced in the last couple of years
- Were not previously shown on the UK television or released in the UK cinemas
- All documentaries must be ready to be screened by end of December 2014

The event:

Three days of screenings, followed by Q&A wth fillmakers or panel discussions.


Submissions must be sent to:

Please send a short synopsys and all the relevant information to:

We will need to view your film/programme/i-doc prior to shortlisting. Please send it:

(1) By post: (CDs, PAL)
Film Fest
The Centre for Investigative Journalism
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Academic Building
Lewisham Way, New Cross,
London SE14 6NW

(2) Via internet links:

Deadline:  20 November 2014



The 2014 event, featured a UK premiere of the French film Big Tobacco, Young Targets. Directed by Paul Moreira, the film looks at how tobacco companies are targeting children with their advertising.

Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg opened the event with the screening of West of Memphis - a documentary that follow the fight to release three American teenagers from Memphis wrongly accused of the murder of three boys.
A personal documentary Trail of Murder: Indonesia's Bloody Retreat by Dutch journalist Step Vaessen looked into the murder of the FT journalist Sander Thoesen in East Timor in 1999 and the effect it had on her professional and personal life. She, along with film director David Niblock and veteran war correspondent Jon Swain will be taking part in a Q&A session afterwars. 
Gasland 2 - a film on the controvesial issue of fracking and High Tech, Low Life - an excellent documentary following the fight of two Chinese citizen journalists to tell the true stories about the life in China, will be shown too. Both followed by panel discussions about the issues raised. 

The Films

West of Memphis - 

Opening Night Film
7 Feb 2014 - 7:00pm Duration: 147 mins Please arrive at 6pm for the drinks reception. This documentary follows the fight for justice for three American teenagers wrongly convicted of murdering three children in 1993. Damien Echols, 18,...
West of Memphis - 

Opening Night Film 7 Feb 2014 - 7:00pm Duration: 147 mins
Big Tobacco, Young Targets
UK Premiere
8 Feb 2014 - 3:00pm Duration: 50 mins For decades, the tobacco industry lied about the dangers of cigarettes. Then, back tracking little by little, they maintained an industry of doubt. They had to let people think that maybe tobacco...
Big Tobacco, Young Targets 8 Feb 2014 - 3:00pm Duration: 50 mins
Gasland II
8 Feb 2014 - 5:00pm Duration: 125 mins Gasland II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film...
Gasland II 8 Feb 2014 - 5:00pm Duration: 125 mins
High Tech, Low Life
9 Feb 2014 - 3:00pm Duration: 87 mins High Tech, Low Life follows the journey of two of China’s first citizen reporters as they travel the country - chronicling underreported news and social issues stories. Armed with laptops,...
High Tech, Low Life 9 Feb 2014 - 3:00pm Duration: 87 mins
Trail of Murder: Indonesia's Bloody Retreat
9 Feb 2014 - 5:00pm Duration: 48 mins Step Vaessen looks into the murder of her friend and colleague Sander Thoenes by an Indonesian Military battalion in East Timor in September 1999.   The Financial Times journalist was just...
Trail of Murder: Indonesia's Bloody Retreat 9 Feb 2014 - 5:00pm Duration: 48 mins
Previous Film Weeks
10 Feb 2014 Duration: Film Week 2013 - 15-19 January Held at the Foreign Press Association and City University London Bahrain, the Forbidden Country - UK Premiere 15 JanuaryThree destinies, three perspectives from...
Previous Film Weeks 10 Feb 2014 Duration:
Presumed Guilty Antonio Zuniga was a 26-year-old street vendor and aspiring dancer/rapper when in December 2005 police grabbed him off a Mexico City street and shoved him into a police car. For 48 hours he was put...
Presumed Guilty 25 Jan 2012 - 6:30pm Duration: 87 min
Gasland "The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States." The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing...
Gasland 26 Jan 2012 - 6:30pm Duration: 98 min
Blood in the Mobile We love our cell phones and the selection between different models has never been bigger. But the production of phones has a dark, bloody side. The main part of minerals used to produce cell phones...
Blood in the Mobile 27 Jan 2012 - 6:30pm Duration: 80 min
The Whistleblower Based on a true story, Kathy Bolkovac (Academy Award-winner Rachel Weisz) is a Nebraskan police officer who takes a job working for the United Nations as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her...
The Whistleblower 28 Jan 2012 - 4:00pm Duration: 112 min
Panorama: Undercover Care On the top floor of a special hospital, locked away from their families and friends, a group of men and women are subjected to a regime of physical assaults, systematic brutality, and torture by the...
Panorama: Undercover Care 29 Jan 2012 - 2:00pm Duration: 60 min
Cotton for my Shroud Cotton for my Shroud investigates the ongoing farmer suicide crisis in India and the culpability of the multinational Monsanto and the Indian government. It examines the strategy of multinational...
Cotton for my Shroud 1 Jan 2013 - 4:00pm Duration: 75 mins
Bahrain, the Forbidden Country Three destinies, three perspectives from the forgotten country of the Arab Revolution. Bahrain, ruled by the Al Khalifa royal family, is the country that has been forgotten by the West. In the last...
Bahrain, the Forbidden Country 15 Jan 2013 - 6:30pm Duration: 52 min
The Murder of the Honeybee The critical level of bee mortality is a major threat to our food supply. Eighty percent of all plants on earth depend on pollination by bees for reproduction and evolution. Of all the countries in...
The Murder of the Honeybee 16 Jan 2013 - 6:30pm Duration: 36 min
Bloodcoal The Netherlands is Europe’s largest importer of carboncoal for power stations.The coal is mainly imported from Colombia and South Africa where the world’s leading companies...
Bloodcoal 17 Jan 2013 - 6:30pm Duration: 45 min
The Poison in our Homes In the heart of the Romanian city of Turda only a short distance from the international tourist attraction Salina Turda (Turda Saltmines), on the ruins of a former chemical plant, children and adults...
The Poison in our Homes 18 Jan 2013 - 6:00pm Duration: 22 min

The Venue

The London Investigative Film Festival 2014 will be held at City University London:

Oliver Thompson Theatre
City University London
Northampton Square
London, EC1V 0HB


The Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre is in The Tait Building on Northampton Square. It is bordered by Spencer Street and Goswell Street.

Map to City University London


By Tube
Angel on the Northern line (City branch) and Farringdon on the Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City and Circle lines.


By Bus
Routes 4, 19, 30, 38, 43, X43, 55, 56, 73, 153, 214, 243, 341, 505 pass nearby.


By Car
There are parking meters in the roads surrounding the university. The nearest National Car Park is on Skinner Street, off St John Street.


The bookings are now closed.

The London Investigative Film Festival 2014 was kindly sponsored by the Lorana Sullivan Foundation.
The festival is supported by the Foreign Press Association.