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Discover the Best of Bristol’s Film Scene this Winter

30 November 2017 | Charlotte Bailey

Bristol has long been at the heart of the British film scene. From Aardman Animations filming 'Wallace and Gromit', to modern series such as 'Skins' and 'Casualty' being shot around the city, Bristol’s cinematic legacy is like no other. Last month, Bristol’s contribution to the film industry was officially recognised after being named a UNESCO Creative City of Film. Here’s a list of how you can immerse yourself in this blooming industry.

Bristol Film Festival Screenings
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Bristol Film Festival are showing a variety of films to get you into the festive spirit. The screenings are held in a range of locations from the Passenger Shed to Bristol Museum, and include the likes of Miracle on 34th Street and Elf. However, they are catering for all tastes by showing more action-based films such as Die Hard and Jumanji for anyone wanting to reminisce over the cinematic classics.
Bristol Film Festival’s festive screenings will run from Sunday 17 – Thursday 28 December at The Passenger Shed, Station Approach, Bristol BS1 6QH
‘Electric Shadows’ at Bristol Cathedral

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Since September 2017, Bristol Cathedral has begun a series called ‘Electric Shadows’ which shows monthly film screenings. All the films have a theological aspect to them and provide hours of entertainment around the Christmas season. At the beginning of January, The Terminator is being shown, and Jesus of Montreal and Days of Heaven are being screened later in the new year. Be sure to buy your tickets in advance for these eye-opening films; the tickets even cover you for a glass of wine or juice as well as nibbles.
‘Electric Shadows’ runs monthly at Bristol Cathedral,  College Green, Bristol  BS1 5TJ
‘Different Voices’ Screening at the Arnolfini

Image credit: Arnolfini/ via website
The Arnolfini is renowned for showcasing the very best works from diverse cultures. This screening of ‘Different Voices’ lives up to the venue’s legacy. ‘Different Voices’ is a programme that gives talented people from the neurodiversity community – those with dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism – an opportunity to break into the industry. The event invites people to watch films from these underrepresented figures in cinema, and enjoy some of the freshest talent whilst changing the cinematic scene.
‘Different Voices’ takes place Friday 8 December 2017 at the Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA. Free tickets are available, but booking is essential.

Image credit: CineMe Films/ via Facebook
CineMe is a monthly event that screens the best local, national and independent films around. The group hold special events which have previously included Q&A sessions with directors and producers as well talks held by leading figures in cinema. This is the perfect way to get an insight into the film and meet a variety of people in the industry. To get involved, sign up to the monthly newsletter on their website and see when they are holding their next event.
For more information, please visit CineMe.

Bristol Bad Film Club

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This is truly a club that runs by the motto ‘it was the best of times, it was the worst of times’. Bristol Bad Film Club offers a night replete with high quality entertainment by watching poorly shot films. All profits from the films they screen got towards a nominated charity or fundraising event, so you can relive the movies of childhood whilst helping society. Their events are often sold out, so be sure to check to grab your tickets before they disappear.
For more information, please visit Bristol Bad Film Club.

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