Stroud’s film festival is to return for a third year, and has announced the exciting mix of films and events which will run for the festival, from Thursday March 9 to Sunday March 19. Following the success of the first two festivals, this year’s will again aim to appeal to a wide range of film tastes.
This year’s festival focuses on two things: film-related events, like the chance to explore Stroud’s animation history with an evening of films by Halas and Batchelor. Classic short animations and the feature Animal Farm (see photo), all made in Stroud, will be screened at a Stroud Film Society event introduced by Vivien Halas.
The festival’s other focus is on newly-released films like Toni Erdmann, the award-winning comedy which will be screened at the Electric Cinema, Wotton-under-Edge which is a partner in the festival for the first time this year.
Several events at the Subscription Rooms and Lansdown Hall include the opportunity to meet film-makers and see films which aren’t yet available on general release.
The festival will also feature the annual Stroud Community TV Awards, with screenings of short films made by and about people from Stroud. This will be a free event at Lansdown Hall (more details coming soon).
Included this year for the first time will be a themed screening. Held at a secret location transformed for the night into the style of the film, Strictly Cinema will be a chance to dress up, eat food and more.
Films for young people and made by young people are both on this varied programme , along with an afternoon about opera and film at Atelier, and a combined Indian meal and screening of The Lunchbox at the Malthouse Bar and Kitchen. The festival closes with the recent documentary about iconic director Ken Loach and a practical film-making workshop
Rodborough based film-maker Claire Levy, one of the organisers, said: “This year’s film festival promises to be the most exciting yet: there are going to be some fresh films you’ve never seen, screenings of rare gems and a few surprises too.”
For full programme details will be coming soon at; www.stroudfilmfestival.org.