London has more than 400 cinemas, screening halls and multiplexes. Most of them screen only mainstream films or blockbusters. Often, the only way to see a real cross-cultural film is to go to a festival. South Social Film Festival caters for all these independent cravings. Film, music and cuisine all under one roof – a true first for London’s ever diversifying diaspora, hungry cinephiles and inquisitive minds.
South Social Film Festival is South London’s home for international independent films, music and food events. We are a showcase for cross-cultural diversity showing films that will shock, enlighten, inspire and entertain the expat groups based in South London. South Social Film Festival is an immersive movie, music and dining experience celebrating independent world cinema.

First launched in 2015, South Social dedicates every event to a different country creating a platform which celebrates diversity through art, cinema, world music and food. South Social Film Festival is run by a team from our South London community. Our goal is to celebrate the diversity of our communities by showing the talent in international, independent cinema. We want to give international cinema a home in South London to encourage a fair representation of different cultures, voices and stories.

This not-for-profit film festival is a celebration of the city we live in, and the people we all share it with. South Social Meets the World is supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London, BFI Film Audience Network, and funded by the National Lottery. Partners include Embassy of Finland, Finnish Institute, Raindance Film Festival, Brazil Embassy, Instituto Cervantes, Institut Français, Embassy of Argentina, Arts Canteen, British Lebanese Association, Arab British Centre, UK Jewish Film Festival and The Cinema Museum.

Meet the team


PAOLA MELLI – Festival Director

Passionate Italian event guru, has produced many top film festivals in Europe. Best experience: the Danubefilm festival, on a cruise boat along the Danube with onboard screenings and celebrities. Food connoisseur and world music lover. Loves travels, cycling and of course indie films.



Ezequiel Velazquez, cool multimedia producer, currently working for Aculco Media, where Latin American voices have a place to be heard as well as the local community www.aculco.co.uk

Kathryn Samson


Kathryn Samson is an independent graphic designer, with over 20 years’ experience working for arts organisations, professional bodies, retailers, large and small charities, education trusts, schools, universities, and national art galleries and museums.



WERONIKA KOSTKA – Media and communications

Polish recent graduate of Ba (Hons) Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts. Her practice is infused with a sense of fun and evolves around experimentation and application of graphic design in 3d objects.



Traveler, trouble-maker, serial polymath. Troma and Peccadillo Pictures alumni and perennial dabbler in film-making, with an unhealthy addiction to horror and queer cinema, garnished with salted popcorn. 



From her early days on the stage, to backstage, to the global business stage, Victoria’s passion for creativity and marketing which engages audiences brings her to the South Social Film Festival.  She enjoys indulging in London’s creative scene whether it’s grass roots productions right through to blockbuster musicals.

A big thank you to all our volunteers who come together to make the event a success.
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