An Afternoon with
Dame Judi

Cheltenham International Film Festival IV is pleased to welcome Dame Judi Dench to Cheltenham during which we shall Celebrate her career as one of Britain’s finest actresses. The highlight is “An Afternoon with Dame Judi” before a live audience, in conversation with Jonathan Dean of…

The Crying Game

Every year, Cheltenham International Film Festival will include retrospectives to recognise the contribution made by filmmakers, actors, films to the legacy of great cinema. We kick off our first retrospective with The Crying Game, released 30 years ago and premiered at Venice Film Festival in…

Celebrate

Every year the Festival shall celebrate the career of one of our great actors. In 2022, we Celebrate Dame Judi Dench by hosting “An Evening with Dame Judi” in conversation with Sunday Times Culture Magazine, senior writer, Jonathan Dean. “An Evening with…..” will take place on 26…

Free To Watch Films

Cheltenham International Film Festival is delighted to offer four films – Free To Watch – from the Festival’s 2020 festival programme which was put online in June; CIFF.Shift72.com.  The four films, Days of the Bagnold Summer, Lost Transmissions, The Beautiful Game and One More Jump are not…

Rust never sleeps

If Ladies of Steel is anything to go by, Finnish songs are extraordinarily gloomy. Birthday songs, love songs, patriotic songs, songs of celebration: they are all as miserable as sin. And yet, the nation has a knack of producing strong comedies and Ladies of Steel…

Animal Magic

How many British children, inner-city children especially, have ever seen a circus? It’s different on the continent, where around 2,000 troupes travel around constantly. Nonetheless, this ancient art-form lives on in illustration, story-telling and idiom. Do people still say they are going to “run away…

Nurse, the screens

We all know there is a lot of bad behaviour in the online world. But does new technology simply allow bad people to behave badly more efficiently? Or is there is something inherently corrupting about the screen-based life – a subject dear to all our…

365 Mindful Days

Close your eyes. Turn your attention to your breath as it flows in and out. If your attention wanders, turn it gently back to your breath. Keep doing that. You are doing mindfulness. With practice, this simple technique (there are many variants) will quieten the…