Cheltenham International Film Festival 2023


Dates: 15-24 September 2023

Venue: Cineworld in Cheltenham town centre.



Cheltenham International Film Festival


Cheltenham International Film Festival marks its 5th anniversary in 2023, moving to new dates, 15-24 September, and to a new home at Cineworld in Cheltenham town centre.  The festival will screen new films from around the world, plus film classics and is adding television, and new live events to its programme, along with guest celebrities.


Spain – Country in Focus

Highlight of our Spanish season in 2023, is On The Fringe, an emotional drama about a woman with a young son living on the edge, and fighting eviction from her home, starring two of Spain’s biggest stars, Penelope Cruz and Luis Tosar.


Ken Loach – UK premiere of his final film

Ken Loach, has announced his retirement with his last film, The Old Oak, a tale about traditional communities and the changing profile of those communities in Britain.  We screen the UK premiere on 18 September in the presence of the director, Ken Loach.


Sir Stephen Frears – A director’s tribute

The film festival launches it’s Director’s Tribute to the newly-knighted Sir Stephen Frears who joins us on 23rd September.  The occasion includes a retrospective of Stephen’s work, plus a conversation with broadcaster and journalist, Matthew Sweet, in front of a live audience


Timothy Spall – Bolan’s Shoes

Popular actor, and winner of Cannes Film Festival Best Actor award, Timothy Spall, is coming to Cheltenham on 16 September with his latest film, Bolan’s Shoes.  Fans of Timothy and lovers of Marc Bolan and T. Rex music are going to love this film. 


The programme continues to be updated with films and guests but to date, we are delighted to announce the following:

Opening Night Film

typist Artist Pirate King

We are delighted to welcome BAFTA-nominated director, Carol Morley, and producer, Cairo Cannon, to Cheltenham with their new film, Typist Artist Pirate King to open Cheltenham International Film Festival. Agnes Goddard long associated with filmmaker, Claire Denis, was the film’s cinematographer and Oscar winner, Jane Campion, Executive Producer.

Audrey Amiss (Monica Dolan) was formerly a secretary and is a prolific amateur artist. And according to her passport, she’s a pirate and a king. She’s also a schizophrenic, although she contests the diagnosis and prefers to refer to herself as “avant-garde and misunderstood”. Carol Morley’s gentle, touching, and funny road movie imagines a journey in which a fictionalised version of the real Audrey (she was an unknown outsider artist) travels north, accompanied by her long-suffering psychiatric nurse (Kelly Macdonald), and reconnects with key figures and moments from her past (or at least believes that she has done so). In the moments of fizzing intensity and the blurring of reality and unreality, the storytelling reflects the idiosyncratic workings of Audrey’s mind.


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