Passes and tickets are now available

2023 Festival

23rd Keswick Film Festival
23 -26 February 2023

Our film programme is finally complete and once again, our programmer, David Miller, has assembled a weekend of films that will delight you, challenge you, entertain you and occasionally, wonder 'what was that all about?'

By way of a change, we are starting with a foreign language film on Thursday - Godland is a really cinematic opener, with the Icelandic landscape forming the backdrop to a tale of jealousies and human foibles.

Our guest this year will be Hassan Nazer, who will introduce his film Winners, on Friday evening. Iranian cinema has long been a staple of the festival and Winners will be a delightful addition to that body of work.

There is a strong French contingent this year, led by Full Time, featuring a bravura performance from Call My Agent's Laure Calamy. At the time of writing it was scoring 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, for both critics and audience reaction.

There are some cracking titles at Rheged too - and the shuttle bus will be running on Sunday. Eo looks to be an intriguing donkey's-eye view of the world and as a KFF first, a film from Bhutan. Lunana: A Yak In The Classroom is a gorgeous tale which has been sponsored by Keswick company KE Adventure Travel who run a variety of treks to this spectacular kingdom.

But don't listen to me - you will make up your own mind about what to see and I can't wait to see your reaction.

Ian Payne
Festival Director


Short Films

Osprey Short Film Awards


  • Osprey Short Film Awards 2023

    4 February 2023

    Our judges have selected 10 films for the 2023 Osprey Short Film Awards which will be screened at the Theatre By The Lake on Saturday 25th February from 2pm. There'll be a chance to vote for the audience award on the day and we hope to be joined by directors Sarah Beddington (Fadia's Tree, showing before the Ospreys at 11am) and Hassan Nazer (Winners, Friday 24th at 9pm) to announce the winners.

    The films all have a link to Cumbria and the selection includes animations, documentaries, dramas and comedies. Expect to see a flatulent wolf cub, mysterious strangers, explorations of memory through sound, running a Wainwright, dancing in nature, life contemplations, memories from artist Kurt Schwitters, an important look at virtue signalling and the work of the Wild Ennerdale partnership.

    More details on all of the films can be found on our Shorts page.

  • Director's introduction and Q&A for Fadia's Tree

    28 January 2023

    Sarah Beddington, Director of Fadia’s Tree (winner of the Amnesty International Award at San Sebastian) will be joining us at the Festival, to introduce her film and to present the Osprey Short Film Awards, alongside Hassan Nazer.

    Sarah’s film is a remarkable piece of work, filmed over 15 years, taking a birds-eye perspective to highlight the problems of Palestine and the Palestinians

  • Our Gala Screening is an outright Winner!

    10 January 2023

    Our principal guest this year will be Hassan Nazer, director of Winners, described as Slumdog Millionaire meets Cinema Paradiso. Winners will be the Festival’s Gala Screening on Friday 24th February at the Alhambra, preceded, of course, by a glass of wine.

    Winners is an apt name, as the film won the Audience Award at the Edinburgh Film Festival, plus Best Film at the British Independent Film Awards. It is now the Official UK entry for the 2023 Oscars.

  • Passes & Tickets Now On Sale

    17 December 2022

    Just in time for Christmas, our Festival Passes and tickets are now on sale from the Alhambra Cinema.

    To see what a pass will get you, you can now see the complete programme on our website – and what a programme it is!

    Each day will be special but there are some real gems to look forward to. On Friday night, we have Winners, which is the UK entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category, which will be introduced by Director Hassan Nazer.

    On Saturday we have the latest from Festival favourites the Dardenne brothers. Tori and Lokita is a masterpiece of social realism, loved by critics and the public alike.

    Don’t be put off by the title of All the Beauty and the Bloodshed on Sunday. It is a documentary about Nan Goldin, a renowned photographer who led a bohemian lifestyle in New York but has recently led a campaign against the Sackler family, responsible for the opioid crisis in the USA that killed so many of her contemporaries.

    So that is it – your Christmas dilemma solved. A festival pass and a link to the website – and a good excuse not to talk to the rellies as you browse and make your choices for February!

Featured Trailer

Lunana, A Yak in the Classroom

Saturday 25th February 2:15 PM

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.