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A statement from Film Festival Director, Leslie Montgomery Sheldon:

Welcome to a totally new experience for us and I expect for you. Film festival online is not where we thought we would be back at the beginning of March. But government lockdown, self-isolation and social distancing – words and phrases that were unknown to us only a few shorts months ago – made our own shutdown inevitable. But, the festival organisers decided to take matters into their own hands by uploading the whole festival online. And with the support of a hardworking team of professionals and volunteers, I am delighted to announce that we have compiled a programme of 35 films – features and shorts – plus filmmaker Q&As. I am especially pleased that we have an opportunity to take our festival to new audiences, who rarely if ever have the opportunity to attend film festivals or have access to independent cinema. If anything the ‘new normal’ as it is called may allow us to consider how to reach audiences far and wide in the future by complementing the live event – and we will be back – with online. For now just sit back – in your living room – and enjoy!

Leslie Montgomery Sheldon
Festival Director

A statement from Simon Pegg, our Honorary Patron:

“My association with Cheltenham International Film Festival is founded on a personal commitment to support and help to bring the best of independent cinema to the next generation of audience. It pleases me that Cheltenham, on becoming the first narrative international film festival in the UK to go online, is reaching out to audiences across the country, many of whom never have the opportunity to visit a film festival or watch some of the best of new independent films. And I am delighted that my own film, Lost Transmissions, will open the Festival on 8th June”.



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