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21 days of fantastic film

5th to 28th August 2022

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.

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 to name a few.

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Partnership Opportunities

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 Partner
- Film Patron

Film Submissions

Film Submissions for the 2022 Chichester International Film Festival are now open. You are welcome to submit your Feature Films through FilmFreeway.

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2021 Film Festival

The 2021 edition, back after a Covid-related break, saw over 120 films throughout 21 days of the best in cinema on the South Coast. Special guests included Timothy Spall and Phyllis Logan.