30th Anniversary of Chichester International Film Festival to be opened by film critic Derek Malcolm

Chichester International Film Festival

Chichester International Film Festival

This August, Chichester International Film Festival (CIFF) will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a programme of film screenings and special events to mark three decades of bringing quality cinema to the south coast.

Derek Malcolm, a UK film critic at the age of 90, will officially open the Festival, which runs from 5th-28th of August. Derek’s career in film spans several decades, having worked for the Guardian and the Evening Standard, he is also a published author and president of the British Federation of Film Societies and the International Film Critics’ Circle.

This year’s Festival will screen over 130 feature films including exclusive premieres and previews as well as tributes and retrospectives, silent film screenings accompanied by live music and talks from special guests.

The Chichester International Film Festival was first launched in 1992 as the representation of the art of film at the Festival of Chichester and has since grown to become the largest film festival in the region.

Famous people who have attended the event

The Festival’s Artistic Director and President at Chichester Cinema at New Park Roger Gibson, has programmed every event since it began and has seen the Festival grow from 29 film screenings in one location to what it is today. This year, the screenings and events will take place across seven local venues including Priory Park and Chichester Cathedral.

The event attracts audiences across the UK as well as high-profile directors, actors, composers and critics, including:

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 McKenna, Carl Davis, Steve Coogan, Timothy Spall, Phylis Logan and Ralph Fiennes.

Films being screened at the Festival

The Festival will commence with three open-air screenings over 5th-7th August in Chichester’s Priory Park; Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story and family film, Lightyear.

Recognised for its diverse programme, this year’s International Film Festival will include a Homage to Ukrainian Cinema, in recognition of the ongoing conflict and to honour the Ukrainian people as well as the country’s culture through the art of film.

The Festival will also take a glimpse closer to home with Made in Sussex, a selection of films that were shot in the local area.

These include biographical comedy-drama Stan & Ollie which has scenes filmed in Worthing, Blackbird which was shot in Chichester and West Wittering, and My Bones Are Woven, a documentary of 87-year-old Arundel weaver Ann Sutton. The screenings will also be accompanied by an illustrated talk by the Sussex Film Office.

Showcasing the work of those in the film industry

This year’s selection of retrospectives which aim to showcase the work of actors, composers, film directors and screenwriters who have helped shape the industry, include Olivia Colman, the anniversaries of Ralph Vaughn-Williams, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Alain Resnais with tributes to the late Peter Bogdanovich, Jean Paul Belmondo and David Gulpilil.

The film composers of the late Ennio Morricone, Vangelis and Charles Mingus centenary will be also celebrated.

More details of the Chichester International Film Festival will be announced soon. To find out more visit chichesterfilmfestival.co.uk


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