Screenings are segmented into three distinct areas: New Direction, Applause and Country Focus:
- New Direction: films from emerging directors, from all over the world (in competition); many which have achieved critical acclaim.
- Applause: out of competition, pay homage to the legacy of cinema by screening the early films of celebrated directors: from Mike Leigh, Sir Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood and more. We are currently out to several directors.
- Country Focus: every year, CIFF will nominate a different “Country Focus” - to showcase emerging directors from one country. Poland is our “Country Focus” in 2019; Polish directors under consideration have achieved global recognition for their work.
During the six days and nights of the Festival, the organisers have planned a series of events to attract industry professionals and students off film, enthusiasts, members of the public and the media. The events will be conducted and attended by industry professionals, celebrated persons and more. The programme will be announced once we open up ticket sales, nearer to the time of the launch of the Festival.
Events include Master Classes on Make Up, Special Effects, Acting, Casting, Cinematography and Film Production. The events are designed to be attractive to those who wish to learn and those who wish to understand ie the public.
Other events include Q&A with directors, panel discussions on topical subjects of interest to a wide public but film related, as well as talks and lectures from celebrated personalities about their personal experience in writing, directing and financing their films.
The Cheltenham International Film Festival
The organisers are currently in discussion with other high profile industry personalities to join the jury.