Cinecity 12th Brighton Film Festival 2014

20 November - 7 December 2014

The Festival

CINECITY presents the very best in world cinema with a global mix of premieres and previews, treasures from the archive, artists’ cinema, a showcase of film made in the city and a programme of talks and education events.

The festival gives you first sight of highly anticipated titles ahead of release and spotlights many others brought to Brighton from around the world for one-off screenings. We are delighted to present as our opening night film, a joint UK premiere of Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Highlighting the importance of new beginnings and cinema’s constant re-invention, CINECITY puts an emphasis on debut features and innovative fresh voices; one of the most striking examples this year is multi award-winner The Tribe, a film acted entirely in sign language. There is also a very strong line-up of the best of British film-making talent with a particular focus on several distinctive first features.

At the heart of CINECITY 2014 is a film set installation for an imagined screen version of Berg, Ann Quin’s debut novel. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of its publication, the free exhibition at the University of Brighton is complemented by a range of screenings and talks.

Taking this idea of an invisible or imaginary cinema as a starting point, there is a creative dialogue with film history running throughout the programme, for instance with the UK premieres of live underscores to cinema classics.

As part of the BFI’s Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder UK–wide season, CINECITY presents pop-up screenings of François Truffaut’s Fahrenheit 451; the empty shelves of the old Brighton Reference Library providing a poignant setting for this classic dystopian tale of a society where books are outlawed. We also revisit two other acclaimed Science Fiction texts, The Midwich Cuckoos and Kay Dick’s They: A Sequence of Unease with special one-off events.

For our annual showcase of the best film-making talent in this city – many selected through open submissions to the festival – we have joined forces with FILM CITY, an initiative that supports film in Brighton & Hove.

With walk-through film sets, live music to film, location pop-ups and for the very first time in Brighton, Edible Cinema, CINECITY 2014 presents a real cinema of the senses – all ready to be experienced.

Download the full PDF programme here


CINECITY is presented in partnership with Picturehouse Brighton, Screen Archive South east and the University of Brighton.

We gratefully acknowledge the support we receive from Arts Council England, Brighton & Hove City Council, British Film Institute and the University of Brighton.

CINECITY: Tim Brown, Frank Gray, Nicky Beaumont, Sara Duffy.

Digital Marketing: Emma Green; Volunteer Co-ordinator: Grace Baird; New Features Copy Writer: Neil Mitchell; Av Tech Support: Matt Page; Literature Programme Volunteer: Georgina le Breuilly

Programme Design: 6970 Design

PR: Midnight Communications; Clare Wilford Film Press & PR

Patrons: Barry Adamson, Nick Cave, Paddy Considine, Steve Coogan, John Hillcoat, Henry Normal, Ben Wheatley.


CINECITY would like to thank all our funders and sponsors, the film-makers and distributors, venues and volunteers who have made this year’s festival possible.