About the Festival

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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.

Roger Gibson (Artistic Director) has programmed every edition since its inception, and has seen 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 (pic) to name a few.

Film Festival Archive

From the beginnings in 1992, through to the 2020's, the Chichester International Film Festival has grown from a representative of film in the Chichester Festivities, to a nationally renowned Film Festival, known for it's challenging and exciting programming.