Cheltenham Borough Council has launched a brand, new Lottery to help local charities to raise money for good causes in Cheltenham and the Cheltenham International Film Festival will one of the causes to benefit. 

Tickets for the lottery cost £1 per week. Each ticket has a 1 in 50 chance to win a prize each week, with a top prize of £25,000. That’s a better chance of winning than the National Lottery or the Health Lottery!

Each ticket will consist of 6 numbers and each number will be between 0 and 9. There will be a draw every Saturday night when a 6 digit winning combination will be picked. Prizes will be given to players with tickets that match the first or last 2-6 numbers from the winning combination. Match all 6 and you win the JACKPOT! You can buy tickets for the lottery and at the same time support the Cheltenham International Film Festival by clicking here.

Cheltenham International Film Festival Director, Leslie Sheldon, said: “We welcome the opportunity provided by the Council to raise funds for the film festival. Film festivals are an important piece of the film ecosystem, making an impact across our culture. Film festivals give a platform for new talent, they bring together filmmaker, audience and ideas in one place at one time and contribute to the well-being of the town, promoting tourism and boosting the local economy. We believe our purpose to translate creativity and artistic values into economic and social benefits for the town perfectly defines our festival”.

The scope of the Film Festival is international, the focus is local. Sheldon said that funds raised from the lottery will be used to screen the best of independent film from around the world that reflects the times we live in culturally, socially, politically, artistically and to invite directors to interact and share ideas with townspeople. The Festival will also use funds to give access by way of subsidised tickets to audiences from disadvantaged communities in the town; the plan is to widen and deepen their experience and enjoyment of independent cinema.

The Festival will also use funds to organise a youth festival alongside the main festival, inviting young people, especially from areas in town that are classified as more deprived or otherwise excluded, to participate in a series of master classes and workshops in the arts & crafts of filmmaking, to help educate and inspire a career in films.