Stroud Film Festival 2017

Stroud Film Festival announce the exciting mix of films and events which will run Thursday 9th- Sunday 19th March at venues across the town and beyond. 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 focusses on two things: film related events, like the chanced to explore Stroud’s animation history with an evening of films by Halas and Batchelor. Classic short animations and the feature ‘Animal Farm’, all made in Stroud, will be screened at a Stroud Film Society event introduced by Vivien Halas. If you have personal memories of the company, the festival would like to hear from you.

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 who are a partner in the festival for the first time this year.

A unique event will be the chance to hear from local film makers Jimmy Edmonds and Jane Harris who will be talking about their brand new feature film ‘A Love that Never Dies’.

Several events at the Subscription Rooms and Lansdown Hall include the opportunity to meet and hear from film makers and then see films which aren’t yet available on general release or online.

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.

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 appropriate 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

It all starts with a launch event at The Prince Albert on Sunday 5 th March with a chance to find out more about the festival, alongside music and entertainment connected with film. Rodborough based film maker Claire Levy is one of the organisers. She says

"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!"

The festival is a collaboration of venues which show films in the town, Lansdown Hall, Open House, the Subscription Rooms and Atelier,along with The Electric Cinema and the Vue Cinema.

If you’d like to be involved in a festival event, volunteers are welcome to contact info@stroudfilmfestival.org

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