Best Ever Derby Film Festival

18 May 2016
Derby Film Festival, which took place in QUAD 30th April to 8th May, has had its best ever year. The ten day festival presented a programme of film previews, special events and guests of honour including Simon Callow and Sir Ben Kingsley. This year the festival saw over a 30% increase in ticket sales from the 2015’s edition.

Exclusive Previews included: an opening night preview of Florence Foster Jenkins (PG), Green Room (18), Mustang (15), Do You Own The Dancefloor? (15) with a Q&A with the films’ director Chris Hughes, The Snarling (Advised 18), The Case Of Hana and Alice (12A), Generation Right and Live From New York (12A).

Both ‘in conversation’ events with Sir Ben Kingsley and Simon Callow sold out, as did a screening of Purple Rain which was followed by a lively Prince DJ night in QUAD Café.

Special events which took place outside of QUAD included silent film The Hunchback Of Notre Dame at Derby Cathedral, accompanied by live music on the organ. Roman Holiday screened at Derby Museum to compliment the exhibition ‘Joseph Wright And The Lure Of Italy’.

2016 Derby Film Festival thematic strand was ‘Journeys’ with both emotional and physical journeys represented with a programme of films from all over the world including a UK exclusive strand of Chinese films. The second weekend of the Festival incorporated Fantastiq Film Festival with a focus on horror, science fiction and fantasy 

There was a preview for six of the films from the Shine A Light Short participatory film making project which ran by QUAD from 2013-16. Groups, societies, clubs for people aged over 60 from across Derby and Derbyshire. The showcase was a chance to see films from: The Midland Railway Trust, Derby Society of Model & Experimental Engineers, Seen 'Ya Rights, The 99th Garrison, Derbyshire Tennis Club and Derby Scriptwriters. 

Adam Marsh, Derby Film Festival Co-Director commented about the festival line-up: 

“I have been delighted with the response to this year’s Derby Film Festival. It is growing from strength to strength each year and we are already looking forward to Derby Film Festival 2017!”

 “Last year we set a high bar with film previews at Derby Film Festival, many of which went on to great critical and commercial success including ‘Girlhood’ and  ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night’. This year we opened the festival with a film that is going to be a huge success, Stephen Frears’ ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ in addition to over 20 film previews, special guests and a retrospective strand on the theme of ‘Journeys’ bringing a world of film to Derby.”