Film lovers rejoice – the inaugural Bristol Film Festival is coming this March, offering a chance to experience film in a way like no other.
Organisers have today (Tuesday 26th January) announced the festival programme as tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10am (Wednesday 27th January). The three day event will take place in venues across the city from Friday 11th – Sunday 13th March 2016.
Whether you’re looking to scare yourself silly, belly laugh at beloved comedies, learn the ins and outs of the film industry or try your hand at making a film in a day, this festival really does have something for everyone.
With a diverse mix of pop-up cinema screenings and educational workshops, the festival will put an emphasis on bringing motion pictures and Bristol’s cultural venues together in immersive cinema experiences.
The programme features various themes relating to the moving picture, including:
Global Cinema – A free global cinema village celebrating Bristol’s multiculturalism will be set up at Redcliffe Wharf with a street food market, a mobile cinema campervan screening local short films and live music entertaining cinema goers before and after screenings of twelve highly-acclaimed foreign language films in the pop-up cinema venue. Screenings in the venue are ticketed and will get underway at 18:00 on Friday 11th March with a screening of The Motorcycle Diaries and run throughout the weekend.
Horror in the Caves – The Redcliffe Caves will act as one of the key festival venues, featuring a pop-up immersive cinema over the weekend. The Horror in the Caves series is something for only the brave horror fans out there – if they can stomach it. Iconic motion pictures including The Blair Witch Project (1999), The Ring (2002), The Thing (1982) and Alien (1979) will be screening at Redcliffe Caves over the weekend, with The Blair Witch Project kicking the scare-fest off on the Friday at 6pm.
Arts – As part of the arts strand, the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) will offer exclusive after-hours access to film goers, with evening screenings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, showing Frida, Far From the Madding Crowd and Diva respectively. Other arts events include a talk on Film & the Fashion World, and the increasing importance of moving image in this industry.
Pop-up Cinemas – Various venues across the city will transform into unexpected movie venues during the festival for a series of pop-up immersive film screenings including Madagascar at Bristol Zoo Gardens including a chance to ‘meet the cast,’ Sideways at Averys Wine Cellars with a wine tasting, A Night at the Museum at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery after the venue has closed its doors for the day.
Music & Film – The festival programme will include two truly unique concerts highlighting the relationship between music and film. On Friday 11th March at 19:00, St George’s will host ‘Music from the Movies Goes A Capella,’ featuring all girl group The Buttercups and all guy group The Buzztones performing iconic tracks from the movies. Then on Saturday 12th March, audiences will be invited into the stunning setting of Bristol Cathedral as the orchestra perform a semi-improvised score to accompany the classic Buster Keaton silent comedy film, Sherlock Junior.
Workshops and Seminars – For budding film students and those with a nose for film production, a series of workshops and educational seminars will take place over the weekend at the Arnolfini, a key festival venue. Those with a keen eye for cinema will have the chance to get a good insight into what really goes into making a movie, from workshops on Working in the Industry, Microbudget Moviemaking and virtual reality experiences to Making a Film in a Day, Film Criticism and details on university courses.
Festival Director, Owen Franklin said: “The idea for the Bristol Film Festival was born out of wanting to provide an alternative experience for film lovers.
“I wanted to move away from the typical cinema experience and provide something immersive, something educational, so that film lovers walk away from the festival with a sense of fulfilment having experienced film in a unique way.
“There really is something for everyone – whether you’re scaring yourself witless in the Caves or attending an in-depth talk on fashion & film, every event is designed to engage an audience to consider film from a new perspective. We are showing a range of films and utilising the city’s renowned venues to offer people an exclusive, sensory experience.”
With the festival fast approaching, a team of dedicated volunteers are required to help make the festival a success. To be part of the action and to view the festival programme including ticket prices, please visit: www.bristolfilmfestival.com.