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The Festival

Over six days, the Festival will host up to 45 events - including, master classes, panels, lectures/talks, parties, receptions a gala awards dinner on 1st June 2019 and a major film premier (tba).


Feature films and film shorts - narrative and documentary - from first and second time directors will be screened in competition.  A panel comprised of 12 film professionals and film enthusiasts will review every submitted film before a final short list is agreed.  

Short-listed films will have a public screening at Cineworld, Parabola Arts Centre, or University of Gloucestershire Theatre and judged by a jury of professionals: Paul Ashton, Head of Film at Creative England, Laurence Marks (BBC award-winning comedy writing team Marks & Gran), Stephen Cookson (film producer/director), Pippa Markham (Markham, Froggatt & Irwin), and more names are being added.

Out of competition, the Festival organisers will pay homage to celebrated directors by screening the early films - first and second films - of directors who have achieved commercial success and critical acclaim - Clint Eastwood, Stephen Spielberg, Sir Ridley Scott and Danny Boyle, among others.

In part three of the festival, we will screen films from young/new/exciting Polish directors and invite them to Cheltenham where there is a large Polish community.


Master Classes conducted by film professionals:

  • Cinematography
  • Acting on Camera
  • Producing an independent film from A-Z

Panels include:

Women’s Panel: Women In Film (29th May, 2019)

Women who have achieved a senior status in the film industry as producers, directors and film executives, such as Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO of Creative England, will discuss women in film - "Women have come a long way, but there’s a long way to go”.

Film festivals - What you need to know

Directors of film festivals, including Luba Balagova Kandour, president of Sochi International Film Festival and others, to be announced, will discuss and advise on how to use and get the best from a film festival.

The future of film distribution

Leading sales agents and distributors discuss the future of film distribution.


Writing your first script – we have several high profile speakers to advise and discuss.

Special screenings

  • Special screenings are being lined up – out of competition
  • Film premiers
  • Pop-up screenings


  • On the eve of the opening of the Festival, 27th May, the organisers are hosting a cocktail reception at Princes Hall – Cheltenham Ladies College (tbc).  The event is preceded by the Festival’s opening film.
  • Open night gala reception at Manor By The Lake on 28th May
  • Festival breakfast every morning, plus networking lunch
  • Closing night gala awards dinner on 1st June (venue tbc)
  • Friendly gatherings around town

        Parties at the Cheltenham International Film Festival

Parties at the Cheltenham International Film Festival

        Receptions at the Cheltenham International Film Festival

Receptions at the Cheltenham International Film Festival


Screenings take place at Parabola Arts Centre, Cineworld, University of Gloucestershire, Wilson Centre (tbc). Events such as networking lunches and intimate gatherings as well as bigger events will take place at venues and hotels across town.  Cheltenham has numerous venues: Town Hall, Wilson Centre, Queen’s Hotel, the Ox restaurant, Brasserie Blanc, No.131, The Daffodil, Frog & Fiddle and many more.

        The Wilson Gallery

The Wilson Gallery