Cheltenham International Film Festival 2021


Black History

In recognition of BHM, Baroness Lola Young delivers the inaugural Cheltenham International Film Festival Lecture – Adding Colour: Diversity & British Cinema.  The event is hosted by Cheltenham Ladies College.

Parabola Arts Centre
4th October   5:30pm


CIFF and WFTV present Iranian director & women’s rights activist, Mahnaz Mohammadi, “In Conversation with film critic, Anna Smith”. In Conversation will be preceded by Mahnaz’s last film, Son-Mother.

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5th October   6:00pm   

Cheltenham Youth International Festival

CYIFF launches with panels, workshops and masterclasses by film industry professionals and educationalists, plus film screenings, to introduce young people in Cheltenham’s educational system to independent cinema and the art of filmmaking.

January 2022

Image above courtesy of Into Film



It is recognition – recognition of the best of independent film from around the world, recognition  of emerging filmmakers, filmmakers from diverse backgrounds.  

It is an introduction to cinema for young audiences, it is an opportunity for more seasoned audiences to watch films they would otherwise not have an opportunity to see.

It is focus on contributions from black and minority ethnic communities.  It is promoting women in film and in the process highlighting women’s struggles to achieve and/or maintain their rights.  

In 2021, we introduce our inaugural film festival lecture to give platform to distinguished speakers to raise issues and to put forward their views. 

And, we shall launch Cheltenham Youth International Film Festival to give young people access to cinema as an art form and film as a career.

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