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“I am happy to continue my association with Derby Film Festival as I strongly believe in its tenet of seeing cinema as not only entertainment but also a tool for inspiration. This year’s festival offers a fantastic showcase of international cinema which would be difficult to see otherwise. The festival offers a one-stop shop for anyone looking to be astounded, entertained and educated by the magical world of cinema.”

Anwen Hurt

“I was delighted to become a patron of Derby Film Festival after attending last year’s tribute to my husband, Sir John Hurt, as I had fond memories of visiting the 2014 festival with John. This year’s programme offers a wide selection of previously unseen international cinema including films from countries as diverse as Japan, Iran, Spain and Thailand. The festival also presents new films featuring acting greats including Bill Nighy, Saoirse Ronan, Sheila Hancock, and more. Derby Film Festival shows that it is never too late to be inspired by a trip to the cinema.”

About The Festival


This year's festival has been a joy to curate as we have scoured the globe to bring you thirty-five films that will screen in Derby for the first time along with five programmes of the best new short films, including oscar winner The Silent Child. Some of these films may never play the UK again, while some will be the most talked about films of the summer. Don’t miss your chance to be ahead of the pack.

Say hello to our little we welcome the new genre arm of Derby Film Festival, Paracinema. Taking place over the opening weekend, Paracinema explores non mainstream cinema with a mix of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, action and more with it’s four days of delights.

On the opening weekend we welcome Dominic Brunt, familiar as Paddy from Emmerdale, as he brings his latest directed film, the pitch-black comedy thriller Attack Of The Adult Babies to Paracinema and we will be joined by the incomparable Toyah Willcox for an In Conversation event covering her eclectic screen career. Then, on our final day, we play host to director Mandie Fletcher (Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie) for an In Conversation event about her long career directing both films and iconic sitcoms including Black Adder, Only Fools And Horses and more.

Last year, we were saddened to lose Sir John Hurt and were heartened to see so many people attend our event to rename QUAD’s Cinema 1 in his honour. Sir John was a great supporter of Derby Film Festival and we are delighted to be screening a preview of That Good Night, his final leading role, with a special introduction from his widow and new festival patron Anwen Hurt.


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