Boasting 14 World Premieres, 5 International Premieres and 10 European Premieres, this year’s programme ranges from family friendly blockbusters (Monsters University and Jurassic Park 3D), right through to the more obscure, art-house documentaries (“10” and Natan).
The Bling Ring, Frances Ha, Upstream Colour and What Maisie Knew are among the films likely to attract wider audiences, all of which are in contention for the Audience Award and have picked up glowing reviews from their time on the festival circuit.
Other strands include Directors’ Showcase, which presents classics of the future and includes The Deep, We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks and When Night Falls; New Realities, the best in new documentary filmmaking, represented by The Turtle’s Rage, Consequence and Before You Know It; and Films on Film, featuring Mark Cousins’ new film A Story of Children and Film.
Perhaps the most interesting strands though are the International Competition and the Michael Powell Award Competition, both of which have been festival staples for many, many years. Among the films competing for the Michael Powell Award are Blackbird, A Long Way From Home, The Sea and For Those in Peril, while films such as Before Snowfall, I.D., Joy and Of Snails and Men compete for the International Competition title.
The festival, which runs from June 19 – 30, also includes focuses on Korean and Swedish cinema, a retrospective on animator Richard Williams and a comprehensive short film programme.
For more information, to book tickets or to simply peruse the wonderfully diverse line-up at your own leisurely pace, then head over to the festival’s official website.