Derby Film Festival

Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the child that you have stolen…. Wait a minute, that’s not right. It might feel like we’ve all been battling through the Labyrinth for most of 2020 but 2020 like the Goblin King, has no power over us! Derby Film Festival is back for its seventh instalment!

Derby Film Festival welcomes back the twice delayed Paracinema Film Festival as they combine to bring you a double punch of great cinema this November.

On the DFF front we have some great feature films selected from our submission drive covering Fallen Angels (Too Bad), Kidnapped Children (The Badger), Cuban music (Mambo Man), the Horror Festival scene (The Horror Crowd), Nature Vs Man (Anonymous Animals) and a truly beautiful family film in The End Of Heroes.

In addition, we have secured some great previews including the Zoom viral Horror hit Host (Dir: Rob Savage, 2020) and the winner of the Best Film award at the London Film Festival this year Another Round (Dir: Thomas Vinterberg, 2020).

All this as well as over 50 short films playing in curated programmes and in the Shorts Room during the festival.

Over at Paracinema Film Festival, there is whole host of great genre cinema including documentaries on Synthwave and the Emmanuelle series of films, two new acid westerns (one from Columbia and one from Kidderminster), a retro cop spoof, an interesting take on the found footage in VHyes and their own collection of eclectic shorts.

See you at the movies!

Adam J Marsh

Derby Film Festival Director

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Supported by

Uni of Derby

Mambo Man

The Programme

Inside awaits a plethora of the best cinema from seventeen different countries showcasing the breadth of filmmaking talent out there.

Festival Programme


Come to QUAD – Derby November 19 – 23 to join in our cavalcade of classic cinema.