More films set to entertain at eighth Holmfirth Film Festival

AN EXCITING eighth Film Festival with more venues and more great films than before is returning to Holmfirth from Saturday 20 to Friday 26 May.

There will be nearly 80 films shown, including headliner ‘La La Land’ along with lots of other award-winning films from around the world to suit all ages and interests.

New is the Outdoor Cinema which takes place on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday 21 in the Old Bridge Hotel car park, showing historical local films, children’s films, animation and psychedelic music and classic feature films.

One of the themes for this year’s Festival is psychedelia, celebrating the 50th anniversary of 1967, with screening of ,any films from that era.

There will also be talks about the films and music, especially the beginnings of Pink Floyd who are having a big exhibition in London in May.

The Festival is running Dr Simpo’s film competition for young people – Psychedelic Milkshake – with prizes for the best animation, plus animation classes during the Festival.

The programme also features favourite events including: Ladies Who Lunch, Film in a Barn, Curry & Film, afternoon b/w classics, the best documentaries, children’s animation, anniversary screenings, Art & Film, free shows and talks, and screenings in villages in the Holme Valley.

Director of the Festival Stephen Dorril said: “This has been a great year for film with Hollywood successes such as Hacksaw Ridge, Moonlight, Lion but also excellent independents and world cinema hits such as The Salesman, Toni Erdmann, and wonderful films from Korea and Australia.

“This year’s festival is dedicated to the memory of Karen Summers who died unexpectedly, shortly after last year’s Festival.

“It was a shock and a great loss. Karen was a stalwart of the Festival and did a great job organising the volunteers.

“We are organising a screening of Eight Days a Week, the film of the Beatles live, her favourite group. Profits will go to charity Bloodwise.”

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