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“I was extremely happy to be invited to be involved with Derby Film Festival as I share the festival's core ethos of not just celebrating cinema but also using it as a tool to inspire people of all ages. This year's programme offers a diverse schedule of high quality events and films, both mainstream and independent. It can be difficult for audiences outside of the large cities to gain access to independent and world cinema and film festivals such as this one provide an important window into the world of cinema beyond Hollywood. Derby Film Festival demonstrates that it is never too soon or too late to find inspiration in a trip to the cinema.”

About The Festival


Welcome to the 4th Derby Film Festival where we are once again taking a deeper look at cinema with a range of preview screenings, officially selected feature films and shorts, a strand responding to the theme of Habitat and a look at the work of one of cinema's greatest auteurs, David Lynch.

We are delighted to have secured a range of previews of forthcoming film including the utterly bonkers Mindhorn, starring Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh), Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa) and Essie Davies (The Babadook) which kicks off the festival in a gloriously funny manner. We have secured some great previews from around the world including the majestic The Red Turtle, the Oscar nominated My Life As A Corgette and the latest film from the Finnish master filmmaker Aki Kaurismaki The Other Side Of Hope. Also we return to Derby's Cathedral for a presentation of Lon Chaney's Phantom Of The Opera with live accompaniment on the Cathedral's organ.

David Lynch will play a huge part of our festival this year as we present a preview of the new documentary David Lynch: The Art Life alongside a mini-retrospective of his key works. Lynch has been represented at previous DFFs (including last year's Wild At Heart) and it is a real treat to explore his work in greater detail. 

Finally, earlier this year we lost Sir John Hurt. Sir John was a patron of QUAD and a previous Hero Of Cinema award winner at the first Derby Film Festival and it is only fitting that we pay tribute to one of cinema's finest actors. On Thursday 4th May, we will be presenting a night dedicated to his memory where we will be renaming Cinema 1 the Sir John Hurt Cinema. Film 2017 host Danny Leigh will be introducing a special screening of one of Sir John's finest achievements, the Oscar nominated The Elephant Man.

Adam Buss and Adam J Marsh

Derby Film Festival Directors.

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