Strongest-ever line-up at film festival

THE 20th Chichester International Film Festival, which ran from August 18 to September 4 at the Chichester Cinema at New Park, screened 50 premieres, previews and new releases from a choice of more than 100 films representing 20 countries.

The last film on Sunday, September 4, was USA’s Jack Goes Boating, the festival kick-started by two open air screenings, Carmen and West Side Story, in Priory Park in mid-August.

Roger Gibson, the artistic director, comments: “This was our strongest-ever line-up of films, events and guests to celebrate the 20th anniversary and I am delighted so many people, more than 5,300, took advantage of the eclectic choices.

“This is the second year running we have seen quite an increase in attendances.”

Guests who attracted crowds included Michael Winner, Ken Russell and David Hare, some of the guest film-makers.

Many thanks are due to not only the staff and volunteers at the cinema and all those keen cinema goers, but all those who supported this festival, including Seaward Properties, University of Chichester, Pallant House Gallery, Screen South, UK Film Council, Spirit FM, Cineworld and Phil Hewitt of the Observer.

The premieres and previews were voted on by audiences, the Audience Award jointly going to the opening gala film, In a Better World, the Danish Oscar foreign film winner and The Help, the UK premiere of the American film starring Viola Davis and Jessica Chastain, both of which can be seen in the autumn schedule. Best Documentary was won by Spitfire Sisters, best Horror Film, Tucker and Dale Vs Evil, screened at Cineworld.

Three cheers and happy birthday, Chichester International Film Festival!

Carol Godsmark,

Press & Marketing