Cambridge Film Festival

Sarah Woolley 1 July 2009

Ranking alongside London and Edinburgh, the Cambridge Film Festival (CFF) has earned its place as one of the UK’s most exciting cinematic events.

For over thirty years the Festival has hosted some of the most celebrated and challenging films from all parts of world and held live discussions with the likes of Tilda Swinton and Terence Davies. The key dates for your calendar this year are September 17th-27th, and I would thoroughly recommend giving the festival a try to anyone in Cambridge during this period.

What distinguishes the CFF from other film festivals is how it manages to access an authentic Cambridge voice whilst also being a platform for international film. Although largely based at the Arts Picturehouse, colleges and churches have also provided unique alternate venues for the Festival.

Indeed, last year open-air screenings along the Cam and on Bridge Street were successful in embracing the city as a cinematic location. Notably in 2006 the Festival held the premiere of A Cock and Bull Story at Felbrigg Hall, one of that film’s shooting locations. Such diversity is also reflected in the eclectic programme of films offered. For instance, last year a retrospective of the work of the haunting Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl, who came to introduce the films, complemented the more accessible crowd-pleasers such as the Coen Brothers’ Burn After Reading and the Vampire flick Let the Right One In.

Sarah Woolley