The Festival is generously supported by Stroud Town Council

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 Prince Albert, the Vue Cinema, and The Electric Cinema in Wotton Under Edge.

Following the festival, we will be holding a number of informal events where those involved in creating the festival, and people generally connected with film in the area, look back and review this year’s festival whilst looking forward and creating a vision of what a future festival may look like.


The festival greatly appreciates the support it has received from Stroud Town Council and the South West West Midlands Hub, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network.


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THE FESTIVAL PROGRAM

This year’s festival, the third, has been the most successful so far.

The Film Festival contained a broad mix of films and events which ran Sunday 5th - Sunday 19th March at venues across the town and beyond. Following the success of the first two festivals, this year's again aimed to appeal to a wide range of film tastes through the diversity of its programme.

The structure of the festival remained as a collaboration between venues and organisations, with a core group containing representatives from each, alongside people working on publicity and co-ordination. This year for the first time, two community led events formed part of the festival programme.

This year’s festival focused on two things: film related events, like the event exploring 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, were screened at a Stroud Film Society event introduced by Vivien Halas. The capacity audience included people connected with the studios themselves, whilst Stroud Museum simultaneously curated an exhibition about Stroud’s animation past.

STROUD FILM FESTIVAL 2017

REVIEW

The festival’s other focus was on newly released films like ‘Toni Erdmann’, the award winning comedy which was screened at the Electric Cinema, Wotton-under-Edge, a partner in the festival for the first time this year.

The festival also saw the first screening of the new feature length documentary  ‘A Love that Never Dies’ followed by a Q & A with the film makers Jimmy Edmonds and Jane Harris, Gloucestershire based film makers. This film was screened to capacity audience at the Vue’s largest screen as part of a collaboration with Ourscreen.

All three of these screenings were sold out in advance.

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

The festival also featured the annual Stroud Community TV Awards, with screenings of short films made by and about people from Stroud. This free event was held for the first time at Lansdown Hall where local film makers were able to see their work on the big screen.

Included this year for the first time was an immersive event around Baz Luhrman’s 'Strictly Ballroom'. Strictly Cinema included cocktails and food, dance lessons and costumes in a Lansdown Hall transformed into a venue for the Pan Pacific Championships!

Films for young people and made by young people were both on this varied programme. A film by a local youth drama group Flies on the Wall was screened as part of Finding Film where in addition, young people now working  in the film industry were invited back to Stroud to talk about their roles and how they followed their love of film.

Lansdown Film Club screened 'Kubo and the Two Strings', a Japanese animation for children, and later ‘All Sorts of Shorts; a curated compilation of work from an international range of film makers.

A day about film at the Subscription Rooms saw three events each led by an expert speaker: workshops, discussions and talks about the impact film has on society.

The Death of Klinghoffer, the film of the controversial opera, was screened at Atelier, followed by a Q & A with the sound designer. Also at Atelier was a Video Production Workshop, a day where aspiring film makers of all ages were able to develop their skills as they devised, shot and edited their own short.

Another innovation this year was a combined Indian meal and screening of ‘The Lunchbox’ at the Malthouse Bar and Kitchen (another sold out event).

The festival closed with the recent feature length documentary ‘Versus’ about iconic director Ken Loach.

Another development this year was the increased level of coverage by local and online news media, as well as a greatly increased social media presence compared to the two previous years. The launch event at The Prince Albert on Sunday 5th March provided audience members with a chance to find out more about the festival, alongside esoteric music and projections curated by audio visual DJ George Platts.