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Film 2021: Celebrating William Friese-Greene

Bristol Film 2021 illustration by Willem Hampson

2021 marks the centenary of the death of Bristolian inventor William Friese-Greene (1855-1921), pioneer of early motion pictures. To mark the date and celebrate Bristol’s many modern-day film credentials, we present Film 2021, a year long programme of activities supported by a city-wide partnership of Bristol’s film studios, cinemas, filmmakers and festivals.

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Celebrating Bristol Talent

Director Mark Jenkin at the BAIT premiere and QA at the Berlinale Forum © Dario Lehner Marian Stefanowski

Shorts and features from new and emerging Bristol talent are continually generating a buzz with critics and audiences, in the UK and further afield. We take look at a few of the latest successes to come out of Bristol.

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Cinema Rediscovered

Cinema Rediscovered

Presented by Watershed, Cinema Rediscovered is the innovative festival that brings the best digital restorations, contemporary classics and film print rarities back to the big screen, whilst also celebrating Bristol’s UNESCO status by focusing on local connections.

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Widening the Lens

Jon Craig Bristol

Run by Encounters Film Festival in partnership with ScreenSkills, Widening the Lens provides short filmmakers from underrepresented groups with talent, skills and professional development.

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Bristol to Dakar: Afrika Eye Exchange

Pierre Amiral

In 2018, Bristol’s Afrika Eye Festival and Dakar’s Image et Vie Festival delivered their first collaborative cultural exchange since the two cities became members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

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Telling Bristol’s Stories

Bristol Stories

Bristol Stories is a collection of individual, personal digital stories made in Bristol. It is a Watershed project in partnership with M Shed with support from Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives and Bristol City Council.