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The 2019 Chichester Film Festival was awarded Event of the Year at the Sussex Life Awards, eclipsing the world-famous Glyndebourne Opera.

Artistic Director Roger Gibson was presented with the award, and says: “Needless to say, I never thought that we’d beat Glyndebourne and I thank all those involved in the Sussex Life Awards. It was like comparing a nursery school to a university.”

We anticipate an even better Festival in 2020,
So mark it in your diary!
7th to 30th August 2020.


The 28th edition of the Chichester International Film Festival, running at six venues from 2 - 25 August featured over 130 films and events representing 34 countries, and ended with the Preview of Mrs. Lowry & Son starring Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave.

Artistic Director Roger Gibson announced the Audience Award- winning films, voted by the 8,000 plus audience, at a gala dinner prior to the closing film. Never Look Away, a German epic, inter-generational tale of art, love, tragedy and politics in the 20th century, took top honours in the Best New Feature category.

Meeting Gorbachev, the celebrated director Werner Herzog’s illuminating, poignant film on the life of Mikhail Gorbachev, won Best Documentary, whilst in the Retrospective/Classics class, the much-loved Il Postino triumphed, with celebrated director Michael Radford giving a lively Q&A. The UK Premiere of The Last Inhabitant, a moving story from Armenia about land eviction and those left behind, took top prize in the Independent category.

Click image to see Festival 19 Audience Award results

Roger comments: ‘We were delighted to welcome 30 actors, directors, producers and others in film production who attended Q&As;. From the warm reception of the festival staff, to the quality of the screening and the level of engagement and reciprocity of the audience, this is clearly a film lovers’ festival.'

Roger adds: ‘This year’s festival’s major themes celebrated women directors to counteract the struggle against male prejudice. They were represented by fourteen wonderful and notable international films ’

Walter Francisco, the Festival's General Manager comments: ‘Our enthusiastic thanks go to audiences who came in their droves, the invaluable volunteers, staff, and major sponsors (Greenwood, Film and Festival Patrons and the British Film Institute), not forgetting Brasserie Blanc and Woodies, both restaurants hosting events. Our thanks too to the New Park Centre, our home.’