Before Summer Wine – before Hollywood even – Holmfirth was famous for film-making. A century on, we celebrate the best of short, northern and international films – bringing film back to the home of Bamforth and the Valley Theatre.
An exciting community festival which brings to the Holme Valley a feast of cinema in all its forms, from the past and present, in quirky and new venues, though innovative events and specialist talks. It seeks to tap into and encourage the creative potential of the area with film-making, workshops and competitions for young people.
FRIDAY 17 TO FRIDAY 24 MAY 2013
The 4th Holmfirth Film Festival builds on the success of the last three years with an exciting programme of over fifty screenings, quirky venues throughout the area, innovative events and more opportunities to see award-winning films and documentaries, cult films, the very best movies from around the world and the premier of features and shorts.
This year’s festival has expanded its reach to new venues in Brockholes, Slaithwaite, Marsden and Penistone, and an exciting new development – Cinema in a Yurt at the Cricketers in Deanhouse.
WILL SELF, one of Britain’s most dazzling contemporary authors, talks about Walking to Hollywood and his favourite films. Funny, disturbing and fearless, Self is a modern-day Swift with an entertaining take on the state of film today.
Among the 50 films screened are Amour, Rust and Bone, Untouchable, The Royal Affair and revivals of Billy Liar and This Sporting Life. There will be lots of opportunities for families to watch award-winning children’s films and animation classics. Get out your costumes for a special screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, introduced by the co-writer of the music, locally born Richard Hartley.
The festival taps into the creative potential of the Holme Valley with film-making workshops and short-film competitions for would-be directors of all ages. There is still time to enter the Film Competition for Young People – The Spirit of Where You Live – with £500 of prizes for the best short films.
Festival favourites – Local Film Night, Ladies Who Lunch, Film in a Barn, Curry Night – always sell out quickly so make sure you buy your tickets early.