Whirlygig Cinema promotes emerging film talent through fun and informative short film events, targeted towards people who love watching short films and want to feel part of something special.

Our events offer the chance for audiences to meet new filmmakers and encourage personal interaction through filmmaker talks, Q&As and networking opportunities. We aim to make our audiences feel welcome by maintaining a friendly and inclusive atmosphere, using intimate venues where a decent bar is a priority!

Film programmes are varied, memorable and engaging, handpicked with the audience in mind and often tailored to a theme. Wherever possible we incorporate live elements such as live scores, and establish partnerships with exciting arts organisations and festivals.


If you have been to one of our events you will most likely have picked up one one of our little pin badges. You can use this to get discounts on tickets to our future events.

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Join the Team!

We are looking for casual part-time writers to join the team and blog about our events. Interested? Please send us an email and tell us why you would like to join our team.

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In the Press

Careers Talk podcast: How to break into the film industry, March 2011, Guardian Careers

Whirlygiggles at The Horse Hospital, March 2011, by Hayley Settineri for Spoonfed

DFP films screening at the Wychwood Festival, May 2011, University of Gloucestershire

Making Tracks, 5th August 2011, Dixie Wills, Guardian Writer

Road to 2012: 'Under Your Skin' screened and re-scored at 'Making Tracks' night, November 2011, National Portrait Gallery

Hackney puts shorts on, January 2013, Hackney Citizen

Fun with Foley, January 2013, Stuart Wright for Screen Daily

Hackney Attic turns on the Spotlights, April 2013, Kathryn Bromwich for Hackney Citizen
Whirlygig Cinema, Spotlights and Making Tracks, November 2013, Jamie Birch for Londonosophy

Who are we?

Katie Brandwood - Director
Katie founded Whirlygig Cinema out of a love for short films and a desire to stage her own events. Since graduating with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Bath Spa University in 2009 she has been living in London exploring her love of cinema exhibition and the wonderful concept of the 'shared experience'. Alongside Whirlygig, Katie works for film business training programme Inside Pictures and runs Stanley's Film Club, a community film club in South Norwood.

Steve Brandwood - Communications Manager
Steve Brandwood is a valued and talented member of the team; Katie's right-hand man! He studied Computer Science at Bath University and has contributed to the project in numerous ways, including website design and events production.

Dejonie Langellier - Marketing and Events Assistant
A huge video and performance enthusiastic, Dejonie is excited to see new works exhibited and performed. As a filmmaker and performance artist graduating from the University for Creative Arts, Maidstone in Video Arts Production, 2009, Dej has joined the Whirlygig team in 2013 to assist with marketing and events.