FilmBath Festival


If you like great films, then welcome home: this is the place for you.

Every November the beautifully inventive city of Bath in SW England is filled with film fans coming together for 11 indulgent days of previews, Bath debuts, special events, Q&As, documentary features, silent films with new live scores, shorts and of course the IMDb Awards.

Loved by audience members, volunteers and local businesses, FilmBath Festival has been running since 1990. As one audience member said,

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

The 2019 festival features an enticing programme of 37 feature films, including 23 previews, as well as 46 short films. 59% of our films are directed by women and 22 are F-Rated, of which 13 are Triple F-Rated – ie directed by, written by, and starring women.

Major previews include our opening night film, The Report – a post-9/11 true-story political thriller with an all-star cast led by Adam Driver, Annette Bening, and Jon Hamm. Our closing night film is Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi’s anti-hate satire that was the audience award winner at Toronto and is tipped to be an Oscar favourite. It won’t be on general release until January 2020, but you can see it at FilmBath Festival in November.

Other big previews include Ordinary Love, an emotional drama starring Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville; the winner of the Queer Palm award at Cannes, Portrait of a Lady on Fire; Sarah Gavron’s new film, Rocks; Oscar winner Lupita N’yongo in zombie comedy Little Monsters; Bill Nighy and Annette Bening in excoriating relationship drama Hope Gap; and an action-packed biopic of a real-life American superhero, Harriet.

There are a series of enlightening documentaries, with topics as diverse as traditional beekeeping, the housing crisis, photographing crime, the secrets of filmmaking, and much more.

As well as the big-name films, our eight-strong programming team selected a sublime programme of African, Asian, South American, Antipodean, European, and British films. There’s even a special screening of an acclaimed silent film with a live improvised organ accompaniment. In all, 24 countries are represented in the 2019 programme.

The 2019 IMDb Awards will feature five intriguing short films, with a winner chosen by a panel of expert judges: IMDb CEO Col Needham; script and story editor Kate Leys (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Lady Macbeth, etc); the British Council’s Director of Film, Briony Hanson; film director James Bobin (The Muppets, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, etc); and BAFTA-winning film producer Rebecca O’Brien (The Wind That Shakes the BarleyI, Daniel Blake, etc). There will also be the world premiere of Home Wreckers, from Carolyn Goodyear’s screenplay that won the 2019 IMDb Script to Screen Award.

With special events to highlight and reward short films, for talented filmmakers to find exciting new opportunities, and with a truly inclusive spirit, the scene is set for FilmBath 2019 to be one of the UK’s leading destinations for all fans of film.

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Dates for 2019

IMDb Script to Screen Award 2019 – 11 June

Priority Booking for benefactors – 11 Oct

Priority Booking for newsletter subscribers – 16 Oct

ALL bookings – 18 Oct

FilmBath Festival – 7 – 17 Nov2019

IMDb Awards 2019 – 14 Nov

More about the FilmBath Festival

You can have a look at the 2018 brochure here

Read about the 2018 FilmBath Festival here

What’s it like to be one of our programmers? Read more here

What’s it like at a festival screening?  Read more here

What’s it like to work in the festival office? Read more here and here

Our 2019 FilmBath Festival programme includes:

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