The Bristol Film Festival 2017 will kick off its main programme on March 9th but will stage events throughout the year bringing film to venues across the city.
After launching in March 2016 and holding a Halloween special, the festival returns with this year’s theme being ‘Tension’.
Venues that proved popular in 2016 will be used again including the RWA, the ss Great Britain and also Arnos Vale.
Bristol’s newest cinema, The Everyman on Whiteladies Road, will act as the festival’s launch hub from March 9th-12th, showing films which use tension as a device.
March will also see Bristol’s Redcliffe Caves used once again with the launch of Underground Cinema, a programme of previously banned, controversial and cult films which will each be given a personal introduction by Bristol film industry representatives. For this series the caves will be transformed into a Cold War-style bunker to add to the atmosphere.
Alongside the screenings, the Bristol Film Festival 2017 will see the Arnolfini Gallery host talks and workshops relating to the film industry and the RWA and Bristol Cathedral will promote local filmmaking talent, showing independent feature films and shorts created in the Bristol area.
The popular Music & The Movies series will return to Bristol Cathedral with an organ-backed screening of 1920s silent film The Hunchback of Notre Dame on Saturday, March 11th.
The following day UK singer-songwriter Frank Turner will be in the spotlight when The Arnolfini will host the documentary Get Better, featuring a Q&A introduction with director Ben Morse.
The Bristol Film Festival will also link up with the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival on March 16th for a screening of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis at Colston Hall A new unique cut of the film has been specially put together by Bristol Film Festival and will be shown with a soundtrack provided by saxophonist Andy Sheppard and other guest musicians.
That’s just a taste of what Bristol can expect from the festival See their website for more news and listings.