Now accepting entries for the 2023 Osprey Short Film Awards

2023 Festival

23rd Keswick Film Festival
23 -26 February 2023

The 23rd Keswick Film Festival will take place from 23rd - 26th February, at The Alhambra Cinema, The Theatre by the Lake and at The Rheged Centre.

Eyes are now being trained upon Film Festivals across Europe and the world, where we will be seeking out the very best of world and independent cinema to bring to local screens. David Miller is already on the case!

The joy of being back at the cinema at this year's Festival was palpable and we hope that KFF's spectacular programme will also raise spirits after what might be a difficult winter for many.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Keswick in February.

Ian Payne
Festival Director

Short Films

Osprey Short Film Awards

Now accepting entries
Deadline: 31st December 2022

2022 Films & Winners


  • First Films Confirmed For 2023

    22 November 2022

     Two vastly different films will top and tail the Keswick Film Festival programme for 2023.

    We are opening with Godland, an epic in every sense. A Lutheran priest travels across Iceland in order to set up a new church. Towering landscapes are the backdrop to human frailties. Wendy Ide called it "An engrossing account of a voyage to the dark side of permanent daylight". 

    Our closing film will be the latest from KFF favourite Kore-eda Hirokazu, Broker. Starring Parasite’s Song Kang-ho, the film explores Kore-eda’s theme of found families and critics rate it as one of his best films ever – which is quite saying something.

    Incidentally, between those two, we have a brace of films starring Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread). More Than Ever and Corsage show this wonderful actor's range to best effect – KFF 2023 is shaping up to be a good one!

    We are currently putting together the final touches to the programme and tickets and passes will be on sale from January.

  • Osprey Short Film Awards 2023 - Still Open For Entries

    20 November 2022

    Have you made a short film with a Cumbrian connection? If so it could be part of Keswick Film Festival next year. We're looking for new short films under 10 minutes and you have until the end of the year to submit. A panel of judges will select a number of films to show at the Festival and award prizes. For more details see our webpage or FilmFreeway page.

  • Audience Scores

    1 April 2022

    We've counted up all your votes from the weekend and the quality of films on offer was as good as we can remember. Only 3 of the 24 films scored less than 60% and you rated a staggering 17 out of 24 at 70% or over. 

    Between Two Worlds and Parallel Mothers scored almost identically at a shade over 83% and Flee, as is usual with quality documentaries, scored at 85%. A list of scores is available on the website.

2022 Festival

Back in venues after the pandemic, the festival returned in 2022.

2022 Festival

Keswick Film Club
Theatre By The Lake
Alhambra Cinema
Rheged Centre

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Keswick Film Festival is supported by Film Hub North with National Lottery funding on behalf of the BFI Film Audience Network.

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All programme and film details are correct at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.