The Cheltenham International Film Festival

27th May - 1st June 2019


Earlier this year saw the launch of the Cheltenham International Film Festival - a jamboree of film screenings, events, receptions and more. Featuring an array of films from emerging filmmakers who have achieved critical acclaim all over the world,  independent films - features and shorts -  and acknowledging the work of great filmmakers. 

We hope you enjoyed our festival!

Take a look at what was on! Click to download the full Cheltenham International Film Festival 2019 programme 

Festival Highlight: Tribute to Mike Leigh 


Every year, the Festival will acknowledge and pay tribute to great filmmakers. In 2019, we are proud to honour Mike Leigh by screening two of his early films, selected by the director himself, who will attend the Festival.

The director will be introducing two of his earliest films: Bleak Moments, based on a stage play of 1970; and the comedy Nuts in May, produced for BBC TV in 1976. In the latter part of the 1980s Leigh turned decisively to cinema, with a series of mainly domestic comedies and dramas, including High Hopes, Life is Sweet, Secrets & Lies, Naked and Happy-Go-Lucky. More recently he has embraced history and biography, with Topsy-Turvy (about Gilbert and Sullivan), Mr Turner (about the painter JMW Turner) and Peterloo (about the Peterloo massacre of 1819).


Josie Rourke


Leading theatre director Josie Rourke joined us at Cheltenham Ladies College, Princess Hall for a special screening of her cinematic debut Mary Queen of Scots.

The screening was followed by a Q&A session with the director herself.