Saturday, 28 November 2015

First Festival Films

If you've seen our new flyers (beautifully designed by Split again) you'll already know that we've started to confirm some of the film showing at the festival in February. Over the next few weeks we'll be adding more details to the films page. So far we've announced:

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Imaginaerium
  • Karun
  • Lapse of Honour
  • On the Side of the Road
  • Ornette: Made in America
  • Round Midnight
  • This Changes Everything
  • The Violators
  • The Wolfpack
  • The Yes Men Are Revolting

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

2016 Passes Now On Sale

Passes for the 17th Keswick Film Festival are now on sale from The Theatre By The Lake website and box office.


Sunday, 19 April 2015

Osprey Short Films

You can now watch most of this year's films here on the website.

Open Winner & Audience Award

A Bit More Sleep

Under 19 Winner


Under 19 Highly Commended

Big & Small


Open Category Highly Commended


If We Never Came Down

The final highly commended film was This Is Halloween by NADT Film Project & Unconventional Media, unfortunately this film is currently not available online.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Audience Award Winner

We've counted your votes and are pleased to announce that the 2015 Audience Award goes to Come As You Are, followed by One Crazy Ride then Radiator. Lots of people also commented on how much they had enjoyed the opening film The Dark Horse too.

You can find all the scores on the website.

Audience Award Winner: Come As You Are

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Festival Feedback

See what people were saying about the 16th Keswick Film Festival

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Sunday at the Festival

It's the last day but there's still plenty to see including the three films in our celebration of Dogme and John Hurt via video introducing his Patron's Choice of Big Eyes

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Osprey Winners

More than a hundred people came to The Alhambra to watch the Osprey Short Films this afternoon. The winner of the the young category was Matthew Wood's Perception. The judges and audience agreed and A Bit More Sleep by True Productions won the prize in the open category and the audience award. Congratulations to all the film-makers and thanks to everybody who came and made it a great event.

Saturday at the Festival

We'll be showing films for more than 12 hours today, starting with Into The Woods and Camp 14 at 10am and finishing in the early hours of Sunday morning with The Babadook. In between we also have seven locally made short films up for the Osprey Short Film Awards, the Lancaster Millennium Choir and Tarzan and two films on the big screen at Rheged.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Sunday Programme Change: White Shadow & Big Eyes

White Shadow will now be showing at 1pm at The Theatre By The Lake.
Big Eyes at The Alhambra at 1:30pm

Friday at the Festival

The first full day of the festival features eight films, a party for pass holders and we'll be welcoming the director and stars of Radiator to discuss their locally made film.

Border News Report

Fiona Marley Paterson came to Keswick to report on the 16th Keswick Film Festival, the important part it plays in the region and how it helps local filmmakers and businesses.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

16th Keswick Film Festival Starts Tonight

Join us at the Alhambra from 6:30pm for some drinks and nibbles before our first film, The Dark Horse at 7:30pm. The rest of the festival features nearly 30 films which between them have been nominated for 367 awards and won 197 times. Here's a selection of trailers to whet your appetite.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

John Hurt's Patron's Pick: Big Eyes - Sunday 1:30pm The Alhambra

Unfortunately John Hurt can't make to Keswick this year so we asked if he'd like to choose a film to show at the festival. He's selected Big Eyes, a Tim Burton film that he feels has been unkindly reviewed and is keen to promote. John will be introducing it briefly via video from Serbia where he is currently working.

Big Eyes tells the outrageous true story of one of the most epic art frauds in history. In the 1960s, painter Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) had reached success beyond belief, revolutionizing the commercialization of popular art with enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The bizarre and shocking truth would eventually be discovered: Walter’s works were actually created by his wife Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a colossal lie that had fooled the entire world.

Big Eyes, Sunday 1st March 1:30pm The Alhambra
Please note that this now means that White Shadow will be showing at The Theatre By The Lake at 1pm

Monday, 23 February 2015

Lancaster Millennium Choir

Have you ever seen a choir sing to a film? Now's your chance with this unique take on Tarzan from our friends from Lancaster. After thrilling us with Frankenstein and returning with Crazy Walks with Wagner we are delighted that the Millennium Choir, under Musical Director Andy Whitfield, are back with their very own take on the original King of the Swingers.

Frankenstein Sings- 2011

Lancaster Millennium Choir are a community choir for "singers, neophytes or old hands, aged 11 to 111". Their repertoire includes original works covering topics such as children's rights, autism and pregnancy, interspersed with new arrangements of more well known tunes: Dr Who, the Lone Ranger, the Kinks, and even some Handel.

Lancaster Millennium Choir, Saturday 28th February 5:30pm

Theatre By The Lake £5/4/3 - Buy Tickets

Friday, 20 February 2015

Cumbria Live: Top Five Things To See

Local events website Cumbria Live have selected their top five things to see at the film festival this year. It's a great selection (but we would say that!), let us know what your top picks are in the comments, on Facebook or Twitter.

Cumbria Live covers everything from punk to poetry, giving you a mix of the high-brow and the fun to plan your leisure time in Cumbria.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Film Trailers

A selection of trailers for films showing at the 16th Keswick Film Festival:

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

An Interview With Gemma Jones

Gemma Jones in Radiator
We are delighted to welcome Gemma Jones (Marvellous, Bridget Jones, Sense and Sensibility) to Keswick along with her Radiator co-star Richard Johnson and director Tom Browne. We sent Sara Teresa to talk to her about Radiator, the Lake District and Jones' roles in Harry Potter and the infamous The Devils.

Read The Full Interview Here


Saturday, 7 February 2015

Plan Your Festival

The festival brochure is now online so you can download or print it off and really start planning your festival weekend, thanks again to Split Design for doing such a wonderful job.

We've also created a one page timetable which you can find on the programme page and if you use Google Calendar you can also find all the events in our calendar.

If you're a Facebook user you can join the festival event to let us know you're coming, discuss the festival and share with your friends.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

The Lake - A Short Film Made at KFF15

Last year, at the festival, students from Carlisle College collaborated with our guests Charlie Cattrall and Dame Janet Suzman to make a short film called The Lake which can be viewed online:

Monday, 26 January 2015

Festival Programme Online

The programme for the 16th Keswick Film Festival is now available on our website. There are still a few additions to be made but the majority of the details are now available so you can start planning your weekend.

Two recent additions to the films are Volchok, a film from Russia that we have been trying to get since David saw it 5 years ago, and Difret, from Ethiopia. Both of these are rare screenings for the UK and both award winners in international festivals. Difret is only the fourth film from Ethiopia shot on 35mm and won awards at Berlin and Sundance Festivals.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Stagecoach Travel

Once again we've teamed up with Stagecoach to offer discounted travel to those with a pass or ticket on the days of the Festival as follows:-
  • Adult Explorer- £6 (normally £10.30)
  • Family Explorer - £15 (£23)
  • Group Explorer - £17 (normally £30)
  • Honister Rambler ticket for £5 (normally £7)

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Passes On Sale Now

Passes for the 16th Keswick Film Festival are now available from The Theatre By The Lake. We're still busy finalising the programme but you can find details of what to expect on the films page of the website which will be updated as we confirm more films.