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Film Festival

6th to 29th August 2021

21 Days of Fantastic Film

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Festival Strands

Discover all the strands of the 29th Chichester International Film Festival below.
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About the festival

The Chichester International Film Festival was launched in 1992 as the representation of the art of film at the Festival of Chichester, a summer programme of the arts in the city. Roger Gibson (Artistic Director) has programmed every edition since its inception, and has seen the Festival grow from 29 films in one location, to 150 films in seven locations. These have included open air screenings in Priory Park, classic silent films with live musical accompaniment in the gothic St. John’s Chapel, 35mm screenings at Slindon Cinema, special screenings at Chichester Cathedral, and drive-in screenings in the city centre.

Film Directors, Actors, Writers, Composers and Critics have visited over the years and given talks during the Festival, raising both the profile of the event and of course, the quality. These include Sir Alec Guinness, Steven Poliakoff, Kathleen Turner, Ken Russell, Mike Leigh, Kerry Fox, Ronald Harwood, Daniel Brühl, Elaine Paige, Michael Winterbottom, John Lithgow, David Hare, Nick Moran, Derek Jacobi, Virginia MacKenna, Carl Davis, Steve Coogan and Ralph Fiennes to name a few.

21 days of fantastic film

6TH TO 29TH AUGUST 2021
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For 21 days each summer, the Chichester International Film Festival brings the best in cinema from the UK and abroad to the south coast of England. Featuring an outstanding variety of films and talks, including UK premieres and previews, retrospectives on the world’s best filmmakers, treasures from the archives, and an exciting array of special events such as filmmaker Q&A’s, open-air screenings and silent films accompanied by live music.