FilmBath Festival


“It’s the friendliest festival in Bath – by a country mile” – audience member

Like good films? You’re in good company.

An oasis of cultural calm before Christmas comes to town, FilmBath Festival screens a world-class selection of films.

We have a team of eight people who spend nine months watching over 600 films to bring you the very best selection of previews, world cinema, LGBT films, F-Rated features, documentaries, and more.

They know what they’re looking for. Last year, their expert eye was caught by the (then unknown) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which we screened two months before its general UK release. As it went on to win two Oscars, five BAFTAs, four Golden Globes and a host of others too many to mention, it’s fair to say our programming team really can pick a winner.


“Three Billboards – finest film I’ve seen in a decade!”

“Having Three Billboards well before the release date was a real treat”

This year there are four ‘must book early’ films in the schedule including Colette produced by the same team behind On Chesil Beach, Made In Dagenham and Carol. You must also book early for Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Melissa McCarthy & Richard E Grant) and The Favourite (Olivia Coleman), and very early for The Old Man & the Gun (Robert Redford’s swan song and our big closing film).

A great opportunity to see some unusual films before they are on general release.

The festival atmosphere is always warm and good-humoured.


Our F-Rating which we launched in 2014 to much acclaim has so far been adopted by over 80 cinemas and festivals around the world, including the Barbican, Raindance Festival and the Irish Film Institute. The F-Rating is applied to all films which are directed and/or written by women. If in addition to both of these the film also prominently features women in their own right, then it is Triple F-Rated – our gold standard. 64% of our films this year are F-Rated and you can read more about them here.


“Love the fact that the festival invented the F-Rating, and that it’s taken off”

“It’s very special FilmBath initiated the F-Rating. Excellent”

Bring the family

Thanks once again in part to funding from the BFI and FilmHub SW, we are offering everyone who is 25 and under a whopping 50% off ALL full price tickets.


“As the parent of two under 25s who are passionate about film the discount made it more affordable to buy tickets for the whole family”

Love wins

At FilmBath we like to look on the bright side of life, so have chosen ‘Love Wins’ as the rallying cry for this year’s selection of films. Why? Well there’s little doubt that current news can be depressing, whether it’s abuse in the film industry, a beleaguered NHS or the turmoil of Brexit. Taking Jo Cox’s lead that ‘we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us’, we are very proud to have a programme which is 54% directed by women, with superb films from every corner of the world and a wonderful LGBT strand. Don’t despair – love will win. Come on in.


For benefactors 5th October

For newsletter subscribers 10th October

For everyone 12th October

All quotes in the article are genuine feedback from audiences at our 2017 festival.