Brighton Film Festival 2016

The Festival

CINECITY’s 14th Brighton Festival 11-27 Nov 2016


CINECITY celebrates the 14th edition of the festival this November with the very best in world cinema and a packed programme of premieres and previews, treasures from the archive and live soundtracks plus free education screenings and special events.

The festival opens on Fri 11 Nov 6.30pm with a special preview of Free Fire, Ben Wheatley’s new action thriller following hot on the heels of High-Rise, a big hit in last year’s festival.

This year’s world cinema strand is probably the most international line-up to date and presents a host of award-winning titles from around the globe. There are acclaimed cinematic offerings from Afghanistan, Nepal, Singapore, Japan, Brazil, Cape Verde, Egypt, South Korea, Iran, Albania, Romania and many other countries. Fresh from leading international festivals, many of these films have been brought to Brighton for special one-off screenings.

As always CINECITY has a special focus on debuts, bringing a sense of discovery and highlighting the new talents that help keep cinema fresh and inventive. Notable debuts in CINECITY 2016 include: Wolf and SheepRawAtlantic Heart, and Limite to name only a few.

We have a Live Soundtrack event with a screening of  Carl Theodor Dreyer’s luminous, sensual Vampyr. Made in 1932, it is one of the landmarks of cinema; it will be presented with a live soundtrack by Minima and the internationally renowned silent film pianist and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Horne.

Exploring the arts and culture, the Art Docs strand is a selection of some of the very best international documentaries.

The Brighton Screenings are films made in Brighton selected from open submissions to CINECITY. As well as the features Atlantic Heart and Granny’s Gone Wild there are programmes of short Dramas, Art Docs and Experimenta screenings. Experimenta also forms part of Experimental Motion: the Art of Film Innovation, a display which runs at Spotlight Gallery, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery from 21 October 2016 to 4 June 2017 exploring Brighton & Hove’s success as a place for experimental film-making. A related exhibition also takes place at the University of Brighton Gallery at Grand Parade.

CINECITY closes on Sun 27 Nov with Toni Erdmann; the standout film at this year’s Cannes is a hugely original comedy directed by Maren Ade. Not released until Feb 2017, this one-off screening is a great chance to see in advance what many regard as the film of the year.