Bristol Radical Film Festival 2019

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You may have noticed us being a bit quiet on the 2019 festival front – unfortunately after the last festival some of our volunteer original insulin plant organising team had to step down due to work changes and moving away. We’ve decided to not go ahead with this years festival, instead focussing on getting a new organising team together and looking ahead to the Bristol Radical Film Festival 2020.

Check back for details in the spring.

If you’d like to get involved with the team and help organise the 2020 festival, email [email protected] and we’ll be in touch with more details and what it involves.

BRFF 2018 Trailer released

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We’ve got a trailer!

Check out the great films, features, shorts, documentaries, experimental films on so many different themes – the rise of the far right, EU immigration policy, workers organising, police brutality, lgbt rights, gentrification, right wing coups, class struggle, Rosa Luxembourg, creative resistence, freedom of speech, housing policy, Polish politics, civil rights, islamaphobia – and probably a lot more.

tickets available here!

2018 Festival Dates, Venue and Films announced!

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Bristol Radical Film Festival – 13th – 14th October 2018

The Bristol Radical Film Festival is back this year at the Trinity, Bristol on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th October. This year we’ve yet again for a brilliant line up of shorts, features, drama and documentaries from the UK and around the world, from today and some classics from the past:

Pressure (1975)
Burkinabè Rising (2017)
The Big Flame (1969)
Stranger In Paradise (2016)
Polyland (2017)

As always, we have a short film programme that features the best of new radical short form video from around the world and those wonderful rarities you won’t find at any other event in the city. This year also we’ll be running a Radical film production workshop for lo/no budget film makers.

You can find the full programme timings through the menu at the top of the page and tickets are now available here.  You can also like our event page on Facebook to see any updates.

2018 Festival

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May 20th 2018

We’re currently in the middle of planning our 2018 festival, we’ve been watching some amazing radical features and shorts from around the world and we’re excited to be announcing more information soon about dates, venue and most importantly – THE FILMS!

Our shorts submissions are still open so if you have a radical short film, check out the submissions page for criteria and the film freeway link to submit your film.

2017 Festival Roundup

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2017 Festival Roundup

Thanks to all those who attended our 2017 festival – it was out biggest turnout to date! We had a few packs screenings, some great conversations and debates and some great film makers attending showing off their films, leading discussions and explaining their work and radical approach to film making.

You can see various pictures from some of the screenings on our Facebook page:

If you have any comments, feedback or suggestions to help us with future festivals please get in touch via email (see the contact page)

We’re taking a short break now but the organising group will be getting together in the new year to start planning the 2018 festival!

September 28: Scalarama – The Fall of The Romanov Dynasty accompanied by Stereocilia

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September 28: Scalarama – The Fall of The Romanov Dynasty accompanied by Stereocilia

Thursday 28th September – 8pm

From celebration and ceremony to war and finally revolution this silent film uses archival footage from newsreels of 1912 to 1917 to tell us the story of the final few years of the long-lasting reign of the Romanov Dynasty. Bristol based guitarist and composer, Stereocilia, uses analog synths and live looping techniques to create dense, rich layers of sound.

Presented by Bristol Radical Film Festival and Scalarama Bristol at Roll For The Soul


Roll for the Soul
Quay Street, Bristol

Places are very limited so please buy your ticket in advance as we’re likely to sell out and tickets may not be available on the door.


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2017 Programme Announced!

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2017 Programme Announced!

We’re very please to release our full programme for this years festival which includes a broad range of documentary, drama, contemporary and historical films, screenings and discussions over seven sessions from the 13th – 15th October.

You can see the full programme here.

All tickets are available from Party For The People and cost the reasonable price of £6 for full price tickets and £4 for any concessions – and our festival pass, which gets you into all events, costs just £30!  Most of our screenings have intros, panels or Q&As with them – so we hope to make the festival interactive (in an analog way)!

See you in October!


2017 Festival dates announced!

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2017 Festival dates announced!

Bristol Radical Film Festival – 13th – 15th October 2017

And WE’RE BACK! This year – at Trinity! We’ve got a great line up of films from around the world showcasing the best in radical cinema.  We’re just finalising the programme in the next few weeks – so keep an eye out for the programme launch.

As always, we have a short film programme that features the best of new radical short form video from around the world and those wonderful rarities you won’t find at any other event in the city.

We’ll be launching the full programme shortly and tickets will be available soon.  In the meantime, like our event page on Facebook.

May 7: Colin Thomas ‘Reel Rebel’ event with Bristol Festival of Ideas

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May 7: Colin Thomas ‘Reel Rebel’ event with Bristol Festival of Ideas

If you’ve never heard of filmmaker Colin Thomas, now’s the time to find out about the legacy of his counter cultural work, much of which was made in Bristol. Come to our first collaboration with Bristol Festival of Ideas at the Watershed, on May 7th.

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Born and brought up in Wales but for many years based in Bristol, director and producer Colin Thomas has more than half a lifetime of innovative, restless, rebellious filmmaking under his belt. In his time at the BBC until 1978, when he resigned over an issue of censorship of a programme he made in Northern Ireland, and subsequently as an independent producer, for 50 years Thomas has never tired of, indeed even enjoyed, upsetting conventional wisdom and disrupting the status quo. Employing radical and provocative ideas in documentary, drama and animation, he has struggled consistently to make television a vehicle for useful purpose and to help us understand our own history, the better to ensure that we don’t become a prisoner of someone else’s.

In conversation with David Parker, he will explore this lifelong approach to filmmaking with extracts from documentaries such as Swallow Your Leader, Donald Crowhurst – Sponsored for Heroism and Reel Truth, from the award-winning series Animated Conversations, and from programmes focusing on history, including the groundbreaking series The Dragon Has Two Tongues.

After the session there will be a screening of an episode from a series which encapsulates the themes which have underpinned his lifetime approach to programme making, Till the Boys Come Home Programme Three – A Brush With Death.

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