This year’s Film Festival is organised in two parts: Part I streams online (24th May – 5th June), Part II takes place ‘live’ in October, with a focus on Black History Month.


Part I

Streaming over 30 films, Part I includes premieres from around the world; mostly by emerging filmmakers. Our intention is to support new directors making their mark, and to bring the best of independent cinema to audiences in and around Cheltenham, throughout the South-West and across the UK.

Festival 21 opens with an exclusive preview screening of the Oscar-nominated film, The Father, for which Sir Anthony Hopkins won Best Actor. We close with a preview of Brighton, based on a play by Steven Berkoff, with a cast of well-known British actors, directed by Stephen Cookson.

We have lined up interviews with filmmakers, plus a special “In conversation with Stephen Frears”,  acclaimed BAFTA Award Winning and Oscar nominated director. A prestigious jury will consider five  films entered in competition for Best Film, Emerging Director.


Part II

Part II features film screenings, masterclasses and workshops, with a focus on Black History Month.

Plans will be announced shortly.