Starting in the 1920s with the Festival of Performing Arts, Cheltenham is now synonymous with festivals – music (1945), literary (1949), jazz (1996) and science (2002) - which attract world-renowned writers, musicians, politicians, even astronauts, pulling in hundreds of thousands of people ever year. The town welcomes 250,000 people, alone, during the week of the Cheltenham Festival.
Next Spring, the town’s reputation for Festivals is further established when the Cheltenham International Film Festival (CIFF) opens on 27th May 2019 running for six days through 1st June 2019. The CIFF is dedicated to screening the films of first and second-time directors (in competition); to discover and support filmmakers early in their career.
Out of competition, but along the same lines, the CIFF will pay homage to celebrated directors - Clint Eastwood, Sir Ridley Scott, Danny Boyle, and many others - screening their early work (first and second films), many of which are considered classics. Attaching the name/brand, “Cheltenham”, to your film selection in the CIFF, or to your award, if you win, will add a status of prestige to your film.
We look forward to seeing you and your film at our Festival. We have negotiated excellent hotel rates to make your stay in Cheltenham, not only comfortable but reasonable.
Our mission is to translate creativity and artistic values into economic and social benefits. The Festival takes us on that mission to serve the hopes and ambitions of filmmakers, and of stakeholders in the festival: the people of Cheltenham, the sponsors, the donors and business in the community.
As a Regency town, located on the edge of the Cotswolds and within easy distance of London, Birmingham, Bristol and Bath, Cheltenham provides good access for Festival participants and audiences. And, because the town hosts so many festivals there are many venues, hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes to keep everyone very happy, including The Ivy, Brasserie Blanc and Julian Dunkerton’s,131and No.38 The Park . Cheltenham and the surrounding area is also home to well-known artists from cinema, music and the arts in general who support the town’s many festivals.