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Film programme

240 films. From 72 countries. 16 cinemas. 12 days. One Festival.


Join us on the red carpet for our Gala screenings and special presentations.

Galas screenings

Official CompetitionOfficial Competition

The Best Film Award recognises inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking.

Films in Official Competition

First Feature CompetitionFirst Feature Competition

The Sutherland Award recognises the most original and imaginative directorial debut.

Films in First Feature Competition

Documentary CompetitionDocumentary Competition

The Grierson Award recognises films with integrity, originality, and social or cultural significance.

Films in Documentary Competition

Short Film CompetitionShort Film Competition

The Short Film Award recognises short form works with a unique cinematic voice and a confident handling of chosen theme and content.

Films in Short Film Competition


Sweet, passionate, tough – love is a complex and many splendoured thing.

Films in Love


Riveting films that amplify, scrutinise, argue and surprise.

Films in Debate


In-your-face, up-front and arresting: films that take you out of your comfort zone.

Films in Dare


From laugh-out-loud through romantic comedy to dry and understated – humour in all its forms.

Films in Laugh


Nerve-shredders that’ll get your adrenalin pumping and keep you on the edge of your seat.

Films in Thrill


From the mind-altering and unclassifiable to fantasy, sci-fi and horror.

Films in Cult


Whether it’s the journey or the destination, films to transport you and shift your perspective.

Films in Journey


Music-inspired films and events that will leave you dancing in the aisles.

Films in Sonic


Films for all ages.

Films in Family


Experimental cinema and artists’ film and video.

Films in Experimenta


Revived and restored from the world’s archives.

Films in Treasures


On-stage interviews and the opportunity to learn more about some leading figures in contemporary cinema.


Festival calendar

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Festival calendar (PDF)
Digital Festival brochure

Festival FAQ, including booking information

All films and events
Directors A-Z
Countries A-Z
Accessible screenings
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