2024 Festival Announced 15:00 Tue Jul 23 - Info Here.

15 days of fantastic film

9th to 25th August 2024 - COMING SOON

Festival Strands

Discover all the strands of the 32nd Chichester International Film Festival as they are announced - below.

New Head of Programming - Walter Francisco

After 31 years, the founder and Artistic Director of the Chichester International Film Festival - Roger Gibson - has passed on the baton to Walter Francisco.

Walter had been Roger's right-hand man since he joined the Festival in 2003, so with a 20-year apprenticeship, the decision to give him the position of Head of Programming was very easily made.

We are promised some exciting new ideas, coupled with the best and most popular Chichester International Film Festival favourites.

Image: Walter & Roger at the 2023 Festival Opening Gala

Film Submissions

Film Submissions for the 2024 Chichester International Film Festival opened on 19 January and closed on 3 May .
Thanks to all the submissions - we will notify successful filmmakers by 11 June.

Details on Film Freeway

About the festival

The Chichester International Film Festival was launched in 1992 as the representation of the art of film at the Festival of Chichester, a summer programme of the arts in the city.

Prior to 2024 when Walter Francisco took the helm of the Festival, Roger Gibson (pic) programmed every edition, and saw the Festival grow from 29 films in one location, to 150 films in seven locations. These have included open air screenings in Priory Park, classic silent films with live musical accompaniment in the gothic St. John’s Chapel, 35mm screenings at Slindon Cinema, special screenings at Chichester Cathedral, and drive-in screenings in the city centre.

Film Directors, Actors, Writers, Composers and Critics have visited over the years and given talks during the Festival, raising both the profile of the event and of course, the quality. These include Sir Alec Guinness, Steven Poliakoff, Kathleen Turner, Ken Russell, Mike Leigh, Kerry Fox, Ronald Harwood, Daniel Brühl, Elaine Paige, Michael Winterbottom, John Lithgow, David Hare, Nick Moran, Derek Jacobi, Virginia McKenna, Carl Davis, Steve Coogan and Ralph Fiennes to name a few.

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Partnership Opportunities

Our sincere thanks to Film Hub South East and Greenwood Wealth Solutions who have both supported this Film Festival for many years.

Our Festival Partners are a vital element of putting on a creative, challenging and successful event.
As a business, you can partner with the best film festival on the south coast in many ways:
- Headline Partner
- Specific Strand Partner
- Brochure Partner
- Open Air Screenings Partner
- plus other tailored partnerships

As an individual, you can support the Festival by becoming a:
- Festival Supporter
- Film Patron

2023 Film Festival

The 2023 edition saw over 130 films throughout 21 days of the best in cinema on the South Coast. It was Roger Gibson's 31st and final edition as Artistic Director - Thank you Roger.