17th Keswick Film Festival
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th February 2016
Cumbria's answer to Sundance - an annual celebration of cinema set within stunning mountain scenery - is back for another year of exciting, unusual, little-known and top quality film. This is your chance to experience around 30 of the best UK independent and international films over four days and all in the spectacular surrounds of Keswick.
Themes this year include the work of women film directors, a celebration of jazz - very apt for Keswick with its well known Jazz Festival, and an exploration of the relationship between film and memory. There will also be a showcase of the 'best of the fests' - a selection of award-winning films from prestigious festivals across the globe, such as Berlin, Cannes, Venice and Toronto.
Q&As and Guests
We welcome back Tony Britten who opens the Festival again with his latest film ChickLit; director Rayna Campbell and crew members from Lapse of Honour will be attending along with Helen Walsh who directed The Violators. Tom Allen, whose film Janapar was such a hit at the 2015 Festival will be here this year with two films.
F and the Female Director
Our programme of films featuring the work of female directors has coincided with the development of the F-Rating, a new system designed to flag up the significant involvement of women in film, on either side of the camera.
Best Of The Fests
Our annual trawl of the finest films at major festivals, including Life in a Fishbowl, which was a hit at Toronto: The Wonders and The Assassin, both prize winners at Cannes; The Wolfpack was a huge success at Sundance and A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night has won festival awards across the globe and is this year's late night frightener.
The Memory strand came about through our ambition to put on relaxed screenings for those suffering from dementia and their carers. Calamity Jane will be the relaxed performance, open to all and others in the strand include Imaginaerum, Still Mine, The Closer We Get and My Love, Don’t Cross That River.
Both Jazz and film fans will enjoy the classic Round Midnight along with two great documentaries, A Great Day in Harlem and Ornette: Made in America. Jazz and film fusion goes one step better for a special live event on Sunday night: Barker & Shaw at the Movies.