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The Cheltenham International Film Festival has become one of the first international film festivals in the UK to go online.

The Festival opens on 8th June with Lost Transmissions starring Simon Pegg; the film is a tribute to the versatility of the actor’s widely recognised talent. Pegg, who is Festival Honorary Patron, will follow the screening of his new film with an audience Q&A.

Rubika Shah will close the Festival on 14th June with a Q&A following the screening of her film, White Riot, which traces the roots of 1976 rock movement, Rock Against Racism.

The Festival plans to screen up to 35 films from over 20 counties, most of which have not been seen in the UK and are not available on any other streaming platform. The online festival will be marked by a series of Q&A sessions with the directors of films included in the programme, among them, the Inbetweener’s actor, Simon Bird (tbc), director of his debut film, The Days of Bagnold Summer.

The Festival includes features and shorts – narrative and documentary – with the emphasis on emerging filmmakers who are beginning to attract notice having had their films screened in some of the leading film festivals from Sundance to Berlin, from Glasgow to Dublin.

The full programme can be viewed here and tickets can be bought here. The Festival kicks off on 8th June.

A statement from our Honorary Patron, Simon Pegg.

“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”.



Click the link below to find out more about last year's film festival and to take a look at the 2019 full festival programme.