Combining the Classic With the Cutting Edge

Bradford Film Festival revisits the classics while keeping its content fresh and up-to-date in the facilities of the National Media Museum.

Independent cinemas in the 21st century

Independent cinemas are offering a fresh alternative to the staid multiplex environment. Aesthetica explores the varied pastimes on offer around the UK.

Evolving the Cinematic Frontier

Sundance is keen to explore new ideas, and this year their New Frontier on Main programme illustrates their commitment to new territories through film.

Leeds International Film Festival

Leeds International Film Festival is the largest annual film festival outside of London and it brings the world of film out of the traditional setting of a cinema.

Universality and Specificity in African filmmaking

Gaston Kabore, one of Africa’s premier filmmakers, talks about African cinema, and the politics of representation.

Motiroti 360

Multiple identities, nationality, home and boundaries — the interface between where we come from, who we are, and where we go.

The Nostalgic, the Poignant and the Macabre

A docu-fantasia, which serves to question the legitimacy of our memories, combines with an impressive retrospective on the world’s coldest city.

Rushes Soho Shorts Festival

In summer 2008, Rushes Soho Shorts Festival brought the best in short film by celebrating the genre over ten days. 2008 marked their ten year anniversary.

The Escapist

The Escapist is the spectacular feature film debut from co-writer and director, Rupert Wyatt. The film examines prisons, harsh and unforgiving places.

Forgiveness, Chance & the Death Penalty

When two strangers’ lives cross they ultimately changed forever. Take explores the complex feelings of forgiveness, chance and the death penalty.

Want to See More of Me?

Want to See More of Me? confronts current debates over diversity in the entertainment business and opportunities for ethnic minorities.

Exposing the talent of the short film

Running for five days, Glimmer: The Hull International Short Film Festival screens around 300 films, including an eclectic and energetic mix from all over the world.

Dismissing the taboo: Gender, identity and inequality

XXY is the assured and stunning debut from Lucía Puenzo, tackling intersexuality, a topic not often explored in creative art forms, or even spoken about in society.

Family crisis, revolution and conflict

My Brother Is An Only Child is the spectacular new film from writer-director Daniele Luchetti, who was discovered at Cannes in 1991 with his film, The Yes Man.

Vicky Jewson

Vicky Jewson’s first foray into feature-length film is a modern re-imagining of the Lady Godiva legend, re-written as a quirky romantic comedy.

Cinema’s Secret Masterpieces

The Independent Cinema Office (ICO) has launched a new programme that supports artists’ filmmaking, and brings new works and classics back to the public domain.

Phil Grabsky

Phil Grabsky’s critically acclaimed and multi-award winning documentaries capture an array of subjects from Mozart to Afghan­istan and Chernobyl.

Nick Broomfield

Nick Broomfield is somewhat of an enigma, favouring the participatory approach to documentary filmmaking, thus making a profound mark on his films.

Ray Lawrence

Acclaimed Australian director, Ray Lawrence’s Jindabyne is a haunting thriller based on Raymond Carver’s short story So Much Water So Close To Home.

Shooting People

There’s no denying the buzz around short film at the moment. Music videos are increasingly blurring the line between promo video and art film.