We are delighted to welcome you to the Stroud Film Festival 2019


This year events run at eleven independent venues across the town and beyond. Following the success of the previous four years, our Festival aims to appeal to an even wider range of film tastes. On the programme are newly released films, classic movies, films with a distinct Stroud flavour and much more.

Some events involve more than simply a film screening. Successful film makers talk about their work, several from Stroud, including Hollywood director Marc Jobst who runs a workshop ‘What Do Actually Directors Do?’. Pip Heywood and Joe Magee also talk and present their work. Award winning recent feature films are another part of the programme with Under the Wire, Burning, Cold War and Faces Places.

The festival also invites you to make films as well as watch them!

'Film School', on 9th March, is a one day workshop for people to learn film making skills. The following weekend is Stroud’s 60 Second Film Challenge. Film makers at all levels (including beginners) are challenged to make a 60 second film on a specific theme. Selected entries will be amongst the films screened at This is Stroud on 22nd March.

St Laurence Church becomes a popup cinema for an evening, when Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo sets the theme for a night of suspense, with a chance for the audience to get immersed in this classic movie.

We are delighted that Stroud Brewery are part of this festival. In their newly opened Thrupp premises, watch the Illusionist, meet a real life magician whilst sampling the produce.

World famous sculptor Lynn Chadwick is the subject of a film premiered at Hawkwood College. The Times’ Chief Film Critic Kevin Maher runs a session about film and what it means to us, while artist/ film maker Anna Cady screens her fascinating work at the Museum in the Park. The Museum also shows short films made by legendary animators Halas and Batchelor in their Stroud studios.

“This year’s film festival promises to be the most exciting yet-- we can expect lots of films and big screen events which you simply can’t find online." Award winning Stroud based filmmaker Jimmy Edmonds

Atelier hosts a film premiere about Margaret Hills, Stroud’s Secret Suffragist whose pioneering campaign work deserves to be better known. At the same venue (where there’s also the intriguingly named Radio Cinema) Stroud’s Female Film Collective will screen short films made by their members.

Fans of past Glastonbury Festivals may recognise scenes from Lost in Vagueness which documents the extraordinary combination of burlesque, sci-fi and anarchy known as Lost Vagueness. It’s at the Brunel Goods Shed, alongside live performances.

Good on Paper have again invited local artists and designers to re-create new posters for iconic films and these will be displayed in an exhibition at the SVA Gallery during the festival. The launch at the Prince Albert pub is a chance to find out what’s happening in the festival and to meet people who make and enjoy watching films.

The festival is a not for profit event and we would like to express thanks for the support it receives from the Stroud Town Council, Gloucestershire Digital Arts Forum, South West Film Hub and the BFI Film Audience Network.

We would also like to thank all the venues and organisations involved in the programming: Atelier, Electric Picture House, Good on Paper, Hawkwood College, Lansdown Film Club, The Museum in the Park, The Prince Albert, Strictly Cinema, Stroud Community TV, Stroud Film Society, Stroud Valleys Artspace and Stroud Brewery.

Finally – a big thank you to Louisa Birkin, Dmytro Bojaniwskyj, Philip Booth, Jo Bousfield, Claire Carpenter, Kath Child, Miles Connolly, Jeff Downes, Richard Dean, Jimmy Edmonds, Andy Freedman, Paul Freedman, Jane Harris, Pip Heywood, Steve Hurrell, Claire Levy, Mark Levy, Lotte Lyster, Derrick McLean, Hannah McDonnell, Joe Magee,Tim Mugford, Robyn Pete, Barnaby Sprague, Sara Tibbetts, Amanda Whittington and Adam Hinks and Alex Hobbis for their technical and creative contributions.

If you’d like to be part of the festival through involvement in publicity or staffing an event, please get in touch