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Read on below to find out what the highlights of previous
year's festivals were.


The fourth Derby Film Festival was held from April 28th to May 7th 2017. Our opening night featured a raucous preview screening of the British comedy Mindhorn and we welcomed guests including actor Michael Jayston, writer David McGillivray and directors Alan J.W. Bell and Norman J. Warren to the festival.

The flagship event at this year's festival was a tribute to 2014 guest and QUAD patron Sir John Hurt where we renamed QUAD's Cinema 1 as The Sir John Hurt Cinema. We also returned to Derby Cathedral for a screening of The Phantom Of The Opera with live score and previewed films including British indie drama Spaceship, animations The Red Turtle and My Life As A Courgette and documentary David Lynch: The Art Life. The 2017 retrospective strand looked at the theme of "Habitat".

2017 Best Feature Award Winner: Diani And Devine Meet The Apocalypse by Gabriel Diani & Etta Devine.

2017 Best Short Film Winner: Sing by Kristof Deák.

2017 Five Lamps Films 24hr Challenge Winner: Clockworks by SiskaMedia

Photograph by Christopher King.


The third Derby Film Festival was held from April 29th to May 8th 2016. The festival opened with a preview of the Meryl Streep starring comedy drama Florence Foster Jenkins. Festival guests this year were scheduled to be actors Simon Callow and Barbara Shelley but unfortunately Barbara Shelley was hospitalised on the eve of the festival and unable to attend. Stepping in to the breach was actress Julie Peasgood and a last minute In Conversation event with Sir Ben Kingsley was also added to the programme, selling out in record time.

Special events at the festival included a screening of The Hunchback Of Notre Dame At Derby Cathedral, 200 plus Prince fans celebrating his life at a screening of Purple Rain and retrospective screenings on the theme of Journey.

2016 Best Feature Award Winner: Mr Zhang Believes By Qui Jiongjiong

2016 Best Short Film Winner: Breathe by Paul Kowalski

2016 Five Lamps Films 24hr Challenge Winner: Together by Monostereo Film

Photograph by Charlotte Jopling.


The second Derby Film Festival was held between May 1st and 10th 2015. The festival was opened by The Radiophonic Workshop performing at Derby Theatre. We also welcomed Jenny Agutter for a discussion of her career and screened some of her classic films. Other DFF guests included director Mark Herman and historical consultant Dr. Jacqueline Riding whilst Fantastiq hosted events with directors Peter Sasdy and Jake West.

Previews at the festival included American indie hit Listen Up Philip and Chinese crime thriller Black Coal, Thin Ice and the festival's retrospective strand looked at the theme of Evidence.

2015 Best Feature Award Winner: Masterpiece By Mark Rivers

2015 Best Short Film Winner: Beverley By Alexander Thomas

2015 Five Lamps Films 24hr Challenge Winner: Cuddling A Monster by Mark Duggan Films. 

Photograph by Peter Munford.


iD Fest emerged reborn as the 10 day Derby Film Festival between May 9th and 18th 2014. The festival’s Guests Of Honour were actors Sir John Hurt and Phil Davis and we previewed films including the Mexican drama Heli, and Roman Polanski’s Venus In Fur. Other guests included puppeteer Marcus Clarke and the cast of the locally shot war film Allies.

2014’s retrospective strand focused upon the theme of Technology with films including Westworld and Singin’ In The Rain on screen. 

2014 also saw the Fantastiq Festival join up with Derby Film Festival for the first time. Fantastiq took place over the festival’s second weekend with directors John Hough, Waris Hussein and Michael Armstrong all in attendance as guests.

2014 Best Feature Award Winner: Dream Town by Adrian Briscoe

2014 Best Short Film Award Winner: Diagnostic by Fabrice Bracq

2014 Five Lamps 24hr Challenge Winner: Macho Dan by Enigmatic Productions

Photograph by Graham Lucas Commons.

iD FEST 2013

iD Fest returned May 9th to 12th 2013 and welcomed Dame Janet Suzman and Monty Python’s Terry Jones as Guests of Honour. Rising star Jack O'Connell also appeared alongside his film The Liability. The festival took a look at the career of Derby’s own Sir Alan Bates with films  including Whistle Down The Wind and Royal Flash back on the big screen.

Previews at the 2013 festival included drama The Iceman and Japanese musical For Love’s Sake whilst the retrospective strand looked at the theme of Family with films screened including A Night At The Opera and The Straight Story.

2013 Best Film Award Winner: Furever by Amy Finkel

2013 Best Short Film Award Winner: The Sweatshop by Chin Tangaskulsathapaorn

2013 Five Lamps 24hr Challenge Winner: Birthday Bash by YSP Media

Photograph by Graham Lucas Commons

iD FEST 2012

iD Fest returned between May 24th and 27th 2012 with a slight change of focus. Director Mike Hodges and actor Brian Blessed were the Guests Of Honour and both participated in on stage discussions of their life and career. Mike Hodges also held a directing masterclass. 

Other guests at the festival included actor and director Paddy Considine who took part in an onstage discussion of techniques for directing actors and Sir Christopher Frayling who gave a lecture on the cinema of Sergio Leone. Award winning production designer Eve Stewart also took part in a discussion of her career creating environments for films including The King’s Speech.

New films were previewed including spooky drama The Innkeepers and The Turin horse by acclaimed arthouse auteur Bela Tarr.

2012 Best Film Award Winner:  Moleman 2 Demoscene directed by Szilárd Matusik

2012 Five Lamps 24hr Challenge Winner: Deadline by Joe O'Brien

Photograph by Graham Lucas Commons

iD FEST 2010

Derby’s first ever film festival was the brainchild of Adam Marsh and Adam Buss and was devised as a festival looking at the concept of English identity in cinema. The festival was held at QUAD - Derby from the 25th to 28th of November 2010. The festival opened with a panel discussion of English identity and its representations on film. On the panel was festival patron David Morrissey, alongside academics and journalists.

The festival’s screening programme also examined English identity with films including Get Carter, 24/7, The Third Man and Blow Up shown. The festival also welcome screenwriters Matt Greenhalgh (Control) and William Ivory (Made In Dagenham) for discussions of their work.

The second ever Five Lamps Films 24hr Challenge was held during iD Fest 2010 and this event has been a mainstay of all festivals since. 

2012 Five Lamps 24hr Challenge Winner: Refraction - Ink Motion Pictures

Photograph by Graham Lucas Commons

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