bristol film festivals

Bristol Film Festival is hosting loads of awesome films around Bristol

Bristol Film Festival has been running in Bristol since 2015 when it was founded by Owen Franklin, who was looking to provide a unique experience for fellow film lovers in Bristol.

Running throughout the year they create an immersive experience with each event, creating an alternative experience for film lovers with a big programme of events across Bristol.

From SS Great Britain to the Redcliffe Caves, check out 23 awesome films you can see across Bristol this year.

1. Vertigo | Friday 6th March, 6pm & 8.45pm at Avon Gorge Hotel

Don your black tie, descend the red-carpeted staircase, collect a pre-ordered Hitchcock-themed cocktail and settle back in this magnificent new space to experience the noir masterpiece Vertigo, in view of Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Tickets available from £9 – £15

2. A Room With A View | Friday 13th March, 6.45pm at Averys Wine Cellar

A vintage filmed combined with themed wine tastings and cheese in Averys Wine Merchants’ wine cellars? Majestic.

This is the classic 1985 E.M. Forster adaptation, A Room With A View with the film being accompanied by a selection of Tuscan wines.

Tickets available from £25

3. The Pink Panther | Saturday 14TH March, 6.45PM At Averys Wine Cellar

Another great wine tasting pairing at Averys! You’ll watch the original 1963 version of the beloved crime caper, The Pink Panther. They’ll also be accompanying French wines to celebrate the most hapless of detectives, Inspector Jacques Clouseau.

Tickets available from £25

4. The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad | Saturday 14th March, 11am at Redcliffe Caves

Venture underground into the Redcliffe Caves this March, as the festival’s biannual screening series returns – the Underground Cinema is an unforgettable way to discover, or rediscover, some of the silver screen’s hidden gems, pop culture milestones and genre highlights.

See this 1958 classic about the magician Sokurah from the monster-infected island of Colossa.

Tickets available from £12

5. Drive | Saturday 14th March, 1pm at Redcliffe Caves

Saturday of the March 2020 season focuses on outcasts and outsiders, kick-starting the afternoon with Nicolas Winding Refn’s mesmerising crime thriller Drive.

Tickets available from £15 to £18

6. Trainspotting | Saturday 14th March, 3.30pm at Redcliffe Caves

Saturday of the March 2020 season focuses on outcasts and outsiders, and the afternoon programme continues with the notorious cult hit Trainspotting.

Tickets available from £15 to £18

7. Taxi Driver | Saturday 14th March, 5.30pm at Redcliffe Caves

Saturday of the March 2020 season focuses on outcasts and outsiders, and the evening schedule begins Scorsese’s tour de force Taxi Driver, widely ranked as one of the greatest films of all time.

Tickets available from £15 to £18

8. The Silence Of The Lambs | Saturday 14th March, 8.15pm at Redcliffe Caves

Saturday of the March 2020 season focuses on outcasts and outsiders, and the evening schedule concludes with Anthony Hopkins’ unforgettable turn as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the inimitable The Silence Of The Lambs.

Tickets available from £15 to £18

9. Jason and the Argonauts | Sunday 15th March, 11am at Redcliffe Caves

The March 2020 season contains two matinee screenings, offering special rate tickets, celebrating the work of Ray Harryhausen.

Sunday’s matinee is the legendary epic Jason And The Argonauts.

Tickets available from £12

10. Alice in Wonderland | Sunday 15th March, 1.15pm at Redcliffe Caves

Sunday of the March 2020 season focuses on the darker side of fantasy, and the afternoon programme starts with Walt Disney’s unique and much-loved take on Alice In Wonderland.

Tickets available from £12

11. Coraline | Sunday 15th March, 3pm at Redcliffe Caves

Sunday of the March 2020 season focuses on the darker side of fantasy, and the afternoon programme continues with the delightfully creepy big kids’ film Coraline.

Tickets available from £15 to £18

12. Pan’s Labyrinth | Sunday 15th March, 10pm at Redcliffe Caves

The Underground Cinema concludes for March 2020 with the traditional showing of this modern-day masterpiece. Join Ophelia and step beneath the surface into the underworld as you enter Redcliffe Caves

Tickets available from £15 to £18

13. Back to the Future | Thursday 19th March, 6.35pm at Bristol Museum

Step inside Bristol Museum & Art Gallery for your very own “Night at the Museum” in March.

Enter this magnificent space after hours and explore a selection of the galleries pre-show, enjoy live performers and then take your seat in the Rear Hall to watch the film among the exhibits.

The theme for March 2020 is Time Travel, and this trio of screenings kick-starts with the 80s blockbuster Back To The Future.

Tickets available from £9 to £15

14. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure | Thursday 19th March, 9.05pm at Bristol Museum

The trio of screenings continues with the totally rad Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, in advance of the series’ reboot later this year, dude!

Tickets available from £9 to £15

15. Catch Me If You Can | Friday 20th March 7pm at Aerospace Bristol

The In Flight Entertainment screenings return to Aerospace Bristol this March – this time they’re harking back to the so-called Golden Age of air travel with Spielberg’s superlatively slick crime caper Catch Me If You Can!

Step back into the Swinging Sixties as you come face to face with Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, the last of its kind to be built and the last to fly. You’ll have a chance to board the iconic plane before settling down to watch the film beneath its wings.

Tickets available from £9 to £15

16. Master and Commander | Thursday 26th March 5.45pm at SS Great Britain

All aboard, sea dogs and land-lubbers alike – Captain Jack Aubrey requires your services for an evening hunting a French privateer from the Atlantic to the Pacific…

Enter the SS Great Britain for a black tie evening of maritime movie merriment for a screening of the Oscar-winning swashbuckler Master And Commander. The event entails:

  • Live music and sparkling wine reception in the dry dock
  • Boarding SS Great Britain to watch the film it the first class saloon
  • Interval with drinks, canapes and more live music on the promenade deck
  • Opportunity yo explore the ship’s corridors after hours

Tickets available from £35 to £40

17. Wall-E | Friday 27th March, 6.20pm at the Planetarium

The ‘To Infinity…’ series – celebrating the best of final frontier films – continues in 2020 at We The Curious’ state-of-the-art Planetarium.

Prepare for your voyage with a drink in the docking station then step into this incredible “space”, take your seat and wait for lift-off…

Back by popular demand is the return of WALLE! With its heart-warming story and deeper social message, this Oscar-winning animation is a hit with young and old alike. It will be preceded by a short Planetarium light show.

Tickets available from £9 to £15

18. The Matrix | Friday 27th March, 9.10pm at The Planetarium

Our ‘To Infinity…’ series – celebrating the best of final frontier films – continues in 2020 at We The Curious’ state-of-the-art Planetarium. This time see the mind-bending sci-fi thriller The Matrix at the Planetarium this March, just in time for its 21st birthday!

Tickets available from £9 to £15

19. Ruthless | April 1st 6.45pm at Averys Wine Cellars

Join us at Averys Wine Cellars for a screening of the slyly subversive slasher whodunnit Ruthless, which follows eight students stranded in the Brecon Beacons with a mysterious assailant – but one of their number is quite literally fearless, and refuses to play by the rules…

The film – which was shot in Bristol and South Wales and features almost exclusively local cast and crew – premiered at the American Horrors Film Festival in October 2019, and is undergoing a few final adjustments before wider release.

This screening will be an opportunity to catch it before the final “director’s cut”, learn more about the highs and lows of microbudget moviemaking, and see how a simple horror movie hook goes from conceptualisation to completion!

There’s sparkling wine on arrival, followed by an introduction from the director, Owen Franklin, before the screening. There’s also a cash bar selling a selection of Averys’ wines and a Q&A after the film.

Tickets available from £10

20. A Fistful Of Dollars | April 9th 7pm at Clifton College Chapel

A new event series, Great Westerns, celebrating some of the highlights of the classic genre!

Enter Clifton College’s Pre School Hall on Thursday 9th April for a screening of Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Western masterpiece A Fistful Of Dollars.

With an arrival drink included in the ticket and an introductory talk to contextualise the film, it’s a great way to discover or rediscover one of Clint Eastwood’s most iconic performances in his first outing as the ‘Man With No Name’.

Tickets available from £10 to £15

21. Passport to Pimlico | April 23rd, 6.45pm at Averys Wine Cellar

For this St. George’s Day screening, they’ll be showing the classic Ealing Comedy Passport To Pimlico. The film has a strong narrative link to Burgundy, so Averys’ resident experts will be pairing two Burgundy wines with similar styles from elsewhere…

Tickets available from £9 to £15

22. Bottle Shock | May 29th, 6.45pm at Averys Wine Cellar

This indie comedy – starring the late, great Alan Rickman, alongside Bill Pullman and a pre-Star Trek Chris Pine, is based on the true story of the Judgement of Paris, the competition that first pitted French wines against the then-unknown Californian region of Napa Valley.

In keeping with the theme, they’ll be pairing two French wines with two Americans, and letting you vote on the winner in your very own judgement…

Tickets available from £25

23. An American In Paris | July 4th, 6.45pm at Averys Wine Cellar

This 4th July, there will be a screening of the Gene Kelly-Leslie Caron musical comedy An American In Paris. Averys’ team will be selecting French and American wines to accompany this Gershwin-scored classic.

Tickets available from £25

Sam Gillies, the founder and editor of Best of Bristol. Purveyor of numerous Bristol lists, guides & videos. Most likely found attempting to find interesting street art across Bristol and other cities.

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