Welcome to Cheltenham International Film Festival 2023. We are delighted to return to a programme of live screenings and events for the first time since 2019.
In 2020, we became the first international feature film festival in the UK to stream its entire programme online opening with Lost Transmissions starring our Honorary Patron, Simon Pegg. Last year, in 2021, we had the good fortune to open the festival with a special preview of The Father, starring two Oscar winners, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman. Audience reaction was positive and encouraging.
Therefore, in 2023, we have decided to go with audience demand and produce a hybrid “Screen & Stream” film festival, hosting events live in and around Cheltenham and delivering our programme to audiences around the country via our online streaming platform, YourScreen.
We are proud of the talent we are able to showcase this year, bringing you a range of work from across the globe, including our Country of Focus, Ukraine. Here are some of the Films & Events picked out for you to help you navigate our festival:
- Opening Night Film: The Good Boss – starring Javier Bardem, written and directed by Fernando Léon de Aranoa; a darkly funny satire on the façade of corporate life.
- An Afternoon with Dame Judi – we welcome Dame Judi Dench to the festival, in conversation with Jonathan Dean of Sunday Times Culture Magazine. We shall also be screening: Shakespeare in Love, Philomena, and Notes On a Scandal to celebrate her career as one of Britain’s finest actresses.
- Films in Competition: Best Film – as usual, we continue to support emerging filmmakers from all over the world. This years jury of renowned artists have been enjoying our exciting shortlist to decide on this years award for ‘Best Film – Emerging Director’.
- Country Focus: Ukraine – we have a special focus on Ukrainian filmmakers, screening: Reflection, Olga and Rhino, with a donation going towards the proceeds going to charity to support the Ukrainian refugees.
- Retrospective: The Crying Game plus Q&A – on the 30th anniversary of its release, we will welcome the film’s multi-award winning producer, Stephen Woolley. The film has been designated by the British Film Institute (BFI) as one of the best British films ever made.
- Q&A’s with: Israeli filmmaker, Ari Folman, – Where is Anne Frank? – to discuss his new film with one of its stars Tracy-Ann Oberman; with director Elie Grappe on her film Olga; and Rhino‘s Oleg Sentsov, who has exchanged the red carpet for the muddy fields of war. We hope to interview him from the front line. Recent article here.
- Closing Night Film: Both Sides of the Blade – Starring Juliette Binoche as the sharpest corner in a highly-charged romantic love triangle, and directed by legendary French filmmaker Claire Denis.
HOW DO I JOIN IN?
You will be able to book tickets for film screenings and events, Live and Online, through our online shop. Simply explore the Programme and add the films and events you want to your basket.
You will also be able to purchase tickets in person at designated venues across Cheltenham before and on the day of the event. Some events can only be purchased from the venues directly – please see our Tickets & Passes page for full details and pricing.
Tickets go on sale for both the live and online film festival at the beginning of May. A standard ticket is priced at £12 and there is an Under 25’s £5 ticket for Live events.
We have Festival Passes which will give you a great discount on these prices, and an even further saving before the start of the Festival with out Early Bird offers.
How to Watch Live
You will receive and email receipt after buying online or in venue, simply bring a copy of this along to show as proof on the door. If you have booked a concession ticket, please bring proof of age. (Some venues may issue a physical ticket if buying in person.)
The festival uses venues across Cheltenham for our live screenings and events. You can find a full list of locations on our Venues page.
How to Watch Online
When you have bought your tickets for our Online Festival, your purchased films will appear as a list in ‘My Library’ – found in the ‘Booking’ drop down menu above. You will be able to begin watching them once their programmed release date is reached.
Once the film is released, you have 28 days to begin watching your film. Once you have begun watching, you have 48 hours to finish viewing your film.
Viewing online is made possible by our partner YourScreen – an online Cinema which offers international cinema all year round.
Tickets will be sold on our web site and at selected venues across Cheltenham for live screenings and events as well as for films streamed online. We will have an early bird offer for the first week of sales coming at the beginning of May. Please watch this space for a full event listings and prices.
Once again, we will sell a Festival pass which was so popular last year, offering you an opportunity to watch five films at a fantastic offer; and the Early Bird offer will also apply to our Festival pass so best to get in early.