This Spring, the town’s reputation for Festivals is given a boost with the launch of the Cheltenham International Film Festival (CIFF) which runs from 27th May 2019 through to 1st June 2019.
The Festival supports emerging filmmakers from all over the world, many of whom have achieved critical acclaim, and pays homage to the greats of cinema. This year, the Festival honours Mike Leigh, one of Britain’s most celebrated directors. And the Festival spotlights talented young directors from Poland.
Mike Leigh, along with Josie Rourke, director of Mary Queen of Scots, the legendary Steven Berkoff, and celebrated directors from Poland, including Jan Komasa, are coming to the festival – and more “names” will be announced in the coming weeks. Other guests include members of the jury made up film industry professionals and celebrities who live locally such as Emma Samms of Dynasty fame.
The Festival will open with a premiere at the Parabola Arts Centre followed by a reception at the Hotel Du Vin and closes on 1st June with an awards dinner held at Princess Hall, Cheltenham Ladies College. In between there will be 45 events, including film screenings, master classes, panel discussions, talks, receptions and more”.