To launch the Festival we will be presenting
two Open Air Screenings at Priory Park,
along with a Drive-In at Oaklands Car Park.
Calamity Jane - Fri 6 Aug 20:45 ....................................... Finding Dory - Sat 6 Aug 20:45
...................... Gates open 19:30 (Music from 19:45) Films start at dusk .........................
................. Sun 7 Aug 20:45 (Gates open 19:30) ..................
Full Details of the 2016 Film Festival will be available here in July.
SUBMISSIONS FOR 2016 ARE NOW CLOSED
Thank you to all who submitted their films.
2015 Festival Details
CHICHESTER FILM FESTIVAL CLOSES WITH A VISIT FROM RALPH FIENNES,
AND 'TANGERINES' WINNING THE AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST FILM.
The UK Premiere of TWO WOMEN brought the Chichester International Film Festival to a close on August 30, the Russian film introduced by Ralph Fiennes (above), its star, director Vera Glagoleva and producer Natalia Ivanova. The actor was one of the festival guests during the 18 day festival alongside John Lithgow, actor, composer Carl Davis and directors Martha Fiennes, Robert Mullan, Thomas Hamilton, Joseph Bull, Matthew Butler and producers David Kelly, Michael Robinson, Tim McCready and Marion Matachana. The 24th Film Festival, with a remarkable rise in attendances following on last year’s 26% increase, welcomed just short of 6,000 to 120 films and 178 performances screened during the 18 day festival including 50+ premieres, previews and new releases as well as two open air screenings with large attendances.
Roger Gibson with Ralph Fiennes at the Festival
Roger Gibson, artistic director commented: "I was overwhelmed and delighted by so many positive comments to our 24th Festival. Considering there was risk taking in presenting a programme that included Russian, Czech and Polish cinema and live musical events supporting some films, it was most gratifying that this has been our most successful Festival to date, and the largest on the South Coast. Here’s to the 25th next year with our headline sponsors University of Chichester for which many thanks."
Best Feature Film
1st: TANGERINES (Estonia/Georgia - Zaza Urushadze)
2nd: MARSHLAND (Spain - Alberto Rodriguez)
3rd: THE LEGEND OF BARNEY THOMSON (UK - Robert Carlyle)
Audience Award Winner for Best Film
1st: TASTING MY FUTURE (UK- Sylvie Collier)
2nd: LESLIE HOWARD: THE MAN WHO GAVE A DAMN (UK - Thomas Hamilton)
3rd: FABERGE: A LIFE OF ITS OWN (UK/USA - Patrick Mark)
1st: WE WILL SING (Lithuania/UK - Robert Mullan)
2nd: TWO DOWN (UK - Matthew Butler)
3rd: SUMMER (Netherlands - Colette Bothof)
The festival opened with a preview of 45 YEARS, critics lauding Charlotte Rampling’s and Tom Courtenay’s performances. Other films high on the voting list included the Spanish thriller MARSHLAND, Robert Carlyle’s THE LEGEND OF BARNEY THOMSON, USA’s ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, GYPSY (Czech Republic), THE PRESIDENT (Georgia), LESLIE HOWARD: The Man who gave a Damn (Thomas Hamilton, director, Documentary), all either UK Premieres, Previews or New Releases. Woody Allen’s latest, IRRATIONAL MAN, was this year’s Preview Surprise Film on 30 August, is not released in the UK until September 11.
Walter Francisco, the cinema’s general manager, also expressed delight at the high numbers. ‘The festival demonstrates that, with quality films, Q & As, talks and other events over 18 days, the festival appeals to an increasing number of people from even further afield.’ He thanked the British Film Institute, Europa Films and headline sponsor Chichester University for their support and ‘the seventy volunteers who usher and help in the bar and behind the scenes as well as the projectionists, the terrific box office and the New Park Centre’s teams.’
John Lithgow at the Festival
‘We were also very happy to have the Roundhill Picture Palace, the 13-seater cinema at the entrance to the cinema which continues to be a real talking point as well as a further venue, a great asset to the film festival.’
2014 Film Festival:
Click here to see 2014 Festival details.