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Starting 19th Mar 2021
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Hebden Bridge Film Festival is held on the following dates:
19th - 21st March 2021
Welcome to the 2nd Hebden Bridge Film Festival, with the theme of “The Other”.
Welcome to the 2nd Hebden Bridge Film Festival, with the theme of “The Other”.With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns, the 2021 Festival will be brought to you live and online from 19th - 21st March 2021
With over 500 years of non-conformism in the Calder Valley, the theme of 'The Other' is very fitting. We're celebrating films by or about those who dare to be different, whether they exist in the margins, sit outside the mainstream or just plain don’t fit in.
There will be two UK premiers and a world premier as part of the line-up.
Harami (UK premier)
- A modern Oliver Twist set in bustling Mumbai, Harami tells the story of a teenage pickpocket who develops a conscience after one of his targets commits suicide.
- Presented in partnership with Bradford Literary Festival.
- Official Selection New Currents Competition, BUSAN International film festival
- Director Shyam Madiraju will be in conversation with Syima Aslam Director of Bradford Literature Festival (BLF) who said "Hirami is fantastic story and a wonderful love letter to the city of Mumbai. BLF are delighted to be partnering with Hebden Bridge Film Festival on this exciting event, continuing our mission of sharing unexpected stories that encourage important intercultural dialogue."
Beloved (UK premier)
- The film follows Firouzeh, an 82-year-old cow herder high in the Alborz Mountains of Iran
- Winner of six international awards.
- A co-presentation with The Middle East Institute, SOAS.
- Director Yaser Talabi will be in conversation with Narguess Fazard Chair, Centre for Iranian Studies.
Veni Etiam (I Shall Come Again) - (World premier)
- Directed by Alex Hai.
- This intriguing short reveals a secret Venice from the perspective of one of the most famous Gondoliers in the city.
Other films include:
Lunana: a yak in the classroom
- A reluctant young teacher is sent to the most remote school in Bhutan where despite a lack of even the most basic facilities, he learns to love the children in his school.
- Multiple award winner including Best Narrative Feature Palm Springs International Film Festival.
- A missing woman returns home, igniting an intense bond with her sister. United they unearth their mother’s past but the truth has devastating consequences.
- Award winner and Sundance Nominee, director Cathy Brady’s powerful drama explores the impact of the Trouble’s on one family.
- The film stars, Danika McGuigan, who died in July 2019 after a short illness. The daughter of Boxing champion Barry McGuigan. Cathy Brady said ‘"Hopefully it will have a legacy now and a legacy especially for Nika."
Children of the Sea
- One summer vacation, teenage Ruka meets two boys, "Umi" and "Sora", whose upbringing contains strange and wonderful secrets.
- Mainichi Film Awards 2020 - Best Animation Film
The Man Who Could Fly
- Eighty-something farmer Bobby Coote has always wanted to fly. He's determined to make his dream come true. Even if it's the last thing he does.
- Audience Award IFI Documentary Festival.
A Film Lover pass provides access to all films and related events over the weekend. Individual passes are also available.