Cambridge Film Trust

Cambridge Film Festival

For almost 30 years, the Cambridge Film Festival has been committed to delivering high quality independent films to the widest possible audience and has firmly established its reputation alongside London and Edinburgh as one of the UK’s major film events.

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Having recently completed its 28th edition, the Cambridge Film Festival has earned a reputation as one of the most popular, prestigious and well-respected events in the UK film calendar. In 2008 The Guardian praised the Festival for going ‘from strength to strength’ and Empire Online commended the ‘packed programme of premieres, previews and sidebars’, particularly the ‘impressive’ arthouse line-up. Our mission is to showcase the very best in international cinema to the widest possible audience. We aim to celebrate the moving image in all its forms: from high-profile premieres to experimental film and video; from the re-discovery of long-lost gems to cutting-edge productions; from drive-ins to podcasts. Now run by a registered charity, the Cambridge Film Trust, the Festival strives to inspire diverse audiences of all ages to engage with the medium’s rich past while opening their eyes to its innovative future. With our passion and expertise, we provide exciting opportunities for people to be moved by, learn about, and interact with film, as well as a supportive environment within which to develop and showcase their own creative skills. Films receiving their UK premiere at Cambridge have included Reservoir Dogs, Bowling For Columbine, Volver and, this year, the Cannes Grand Prix winner, Gomorrah. The Festival has also played host to star guests such as Luc Besson, Cate Blanchett, Julie Delpy, Jeremy Irons, Terry Gilliam, Kenneth Branagh and Tilda Swinton. In 2008, the Festival sold over 10,000 tickets, generating a 10% increase in sales from 2007. Next year, we hope to further expand our audience while continuing to deliver the highest quality programming of challenging and provocative independent film.