‘Changing perceptions’, is how one of the founders of the London Cannabis Film Festival, (LCFF), described the jam-packed two-day event, starting the 21st of November. Founded in 2018, by three friends with a ‘shared passion for cannabis activism’, the LCFF believes ‘film and filmmakers play a vital role in helping re-educate audiences about the many uses and benefits of cannabis.’
LCFF organizer Francis Hall spoke about the festival and the benefits that come from cultivating conversations and discussions about cannabis, he claims ‘the LCFF provides an international platform for filmmakers and creatives to discuss this most ancient of plants, its uses, and our future with it.’
As well as presenting films, the festival in previous years has had appearances from cannabis and CBD affiliated companies. With vendors selling CBD-infused food there have been features from The Hemp Trading Company, We The Undersigned, Hempress Rising, Mila Hash Queen, and Kushtopia, with a gallery showcasing various cannabis art and media for attendees of the festival.
However, this year the festival’s had to undergo a slight change. Due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions throughout the country, the event has moved online. Now cleverly branding the festival as the Lockdown Cannabis Film Festival.
Starting on Saturday 21st November and running until Sunday evening, the online festival will present features like ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’ – a selection of films that explore cannabis and their place in modern medicine, ‘Hemp Heros’ – films focussed on hemp and its place in modern society. And ‘Women in Weed’, a look at the female pioneers in cannabis today. A particularly interesting mention would be the film ‘Mrs. Saltzman Goes to Jail.’ A short piece that follows an 80-year-old that uses cannabis to treat her chronic pain and arthritis, who was arrested in 2018 for marijuana possession due to her medical marijuana card expiring.
All events are followed by panel discussions featuring the filmmakers and experts within the CBD and cannabis field and sponsored by cannabis companies like Pot Head Coffee, Urbanistic, and CBD Ethics.
When festival founder, Francis Hall, commented that ‘we shouldn’t be locked up for choosing to consume a herb’, he couldn’t have known that the world would indeed be ‘locked up’, but not for the reasons he suggested! So while we’re all currently ‘locked up’ for at least the next two weeks, we think this festival is one event worth checking out!
We’ve teamed up with The London Cannabis Film Festival to bring you the exclusive opportunity to win 2x Patron Passes. This will give you exclusive access to their historic catalogue of film submissions, including pre-festival viewings of all the current season entries. Voting rights in the Patrons Award. An entry pass for the current year’s festival event and this year’s Patron’s Pass includes entrance to the 2021 event.
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- Total prize value £50
- Winners will be selected at random
- Competition closes Friday 20th November at midday and the winner will be announced on Friday at 5 pm on our stories