Cheltenham International Film Festival launched in 2019 and made an instant splash.  Over 40 films from 20 countries were screened. Celebrated filmmakers attended including: legendary director, Mike Leigh; Oscar-nominated, Polish director, Jan Komasa; Josie Rourke, director of Mary Queen of Scots; and actor/writer/director, Steven Berkoff, among others. Opening night film was Sometimes Always Never starring Bill Nighy and the film’s director, Carl Hunter, attended to introduce the film.



In 2020, we were the first international feature film festival in the UK to stream its programme online when we were all put into lockdown.  The Festival opened with the drama, Lost Transmissions, starring our Honorary Patron, Simon Pegg.  Simon took part in the Festival programme via a Zoom interview as did many of the world’s filmmakers following the screening of their films.


In 2021, the festival continued to stream new, independent films online. We were fortunate to open the festival with a preview of The Father, starring Oscar-winners, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman. And, our special guest director was Stephen Frears who we paid tribute to by screening his first feature film, Gumshoe, on the 50th anniversary of its release.

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