Charity status was confirmed on Cheltenham International Film Trust in May, 2019. Honorary Patron is popular actor, Simon Pegg.  

The Charity’s purpose is to introduce, attract and boost audience attendance for the best of independent film via the Cheltenham International Film Festival; screening films that reflect the times we live in culturally, socially, politically, artistically and giving voice to a new generation of emerging filmmakers. 

In line with views expressed by one of our supporters, the British Film Institute (BFI), the Trust believes that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy and learn from the diverse range of great British and international filmmaking, past, present and future.

Thus, the Trust is committed to widen and deepen the appeal for independent cinema, and to leave no audience behind.  In the event, the Festival welcomes and subsidises entry to screenings and events for designated members of the community.


To translate creativity and artistic values into economic and social benefits for the town.