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).

Cheltenham Film Festival welcomes emerging filmmakers from around the world to share a stage with other filmmakers and film enthusiasts, students of film and a public that is drawn from locals and from around the UK – attracting thousands of people. The CIFF is dedicated to discover and promote new talent by screening films in competition, ending with an awards ceremony, including an audience award. In the event your film is selected for screening and/or wins one of the awards, attaching the name “Cheltenham” will add a sense of history and prestige to your film.

The Festival will also pay homage to the legacy of cinema, screening the early films of celebrated directors from Mike Leigh and Sir Ridley Scott to Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg; many of which are screen classics.

SCREENINGS

Feature films and film shorts - narrative and documentary - from emerging filmmakers, will be screened in competition.  A panel comprised of film professionals and film enthusiasts will review every submitted film before a final short list is agreed.  

Films, both, in and out of competition will be screened at Cineworld, Parabola Arts Centre, Princess Hall (Cheltenham Ladies College), The Wilson Centre, Frog & Fiddle Pub, etc.  Films in competiton will be 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), Phil Hunt, MD of Bankside Films and Lindsey Dryden (Sundance Award winning director), Emma Samms MBE (British actress of "Dynasty" Fame).  And more names are being added.

Out of competition, the Festival organisers will pay homage to celebrated directors by screening the early films of directors who have achieved commercial success and critical acclaim from Mike Leigh, 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.

PANELS

Feature films and film shorts - narrative and documentary - from emerging directors, will be screened in competition.  A jury of industry professionals will select the award winners.

Jury members: 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), Phil Hunt, MD of Bankside Films, Lindsey Dryden (Sundance Award winning director) and the actress Emma Samms (of “Dynasty” fame). 

Screenwriting:

A panel composed of industry professionals, chaired by Maurice Gran of BBC television fame will tell all they know about writing a feature length script .  This will appeal to students, young filmmakers, and the public.

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, Lindsey Dryden, Sundance Award winner, and other women of stature will discuss film, cinema and women.

Film festivals - What you need to know

Directors of film festivals will gather to discuss and advise filmmakers and the public on how to get the best from a film festival, whether as a participant or a spectator.

Separate the art from the artist

Leading figures will discuss whether it is right to restrict the work of artists - filmmakers, actors, producers - who have been caught out by today’s standards of moral behaviour and whether this should apply to all artists from the past as well as today. The panel will be chaired by a leading BBC personality.

VISITING

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 high profile festivals – that are well attended by people from around the U.K. and beyond – there are many hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes to keep everyone very happy.  And the surrounding area is also home to well-known artists from cinema, music and the arts in general, who support the local festivals.

VISIT CHELTENHAM

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.

VENUES

Cineworld, Parabola Arts Centre, Princess Hall (Cheltenham Ladies College), The Wilson, Frog & Fiddle pub and many more hotels, halls, etc.