Our guest this year is Hassan Nazer, a British-Iranian writer/director based in Aberdeen. His film
Winners, which will be our gala screening on Friday 24th February is the UK entry in the Best Foreign
Language category at the Oscars.
Hassan arrived in Scotland as a refugee in 2000. After securing indefinite leave to remain in the UK,
he went on to study film at the University of Aberdeen and within a few years was self-funding his
own films from his base in the city.
Winners is Hassan's first feature with support from the UK industry and has won the Audience
Award at Edinburgh, Best UK film at Raindance and Best Discovery Film award at BIFA in 2022.
Hassan grew up watching lead actor Reza Naaji and dreamt that one day he would work with reza
one day. Winners is a tribute to all Iranian artists and celebrates their work. Hassan's passion for film
shiness through, indeed parts of the film are semi- autobiographical. He dedicates the film to Iranian
cinema in as he says, a feel-good way where Slumdog Millionaire meets Cinema Paradiso!
Winners – Friday 24th February 9pm
Sarah Beddington is an award-winning British artist and filmmaker whose films, and work in other media, revolve
around a sense of place and belonging. Landscape and the role of memory in unresolved histories are also important elements
in her work. Her films, paintings, drawings and installations have been shown extensively at international film festivals
and biennales, as well as in museums and galleries, and are in multiple public and private collections including Arts Council England.
Sarah's first feature documentary, Fadia's Tree,
was BIFA-nominated and won an Amnesty International award for Best Feature and was released in cinemas across
the UK in 2022. Sarah is currently working on her second feature which focuses on upland farmers
in the Lake District at a pivotal time of change.
Fadia's Tree – Saturday 25th February 11am
Our association with Keswick Peace and Human Rights Group continues with
a special screenings of Fadia's Tree followed by a Q&A with the director Sarah Beddington.
Fadia's TreeSaturday 25th February 11am
Saturday 25th February 2pm - Theatre By The Lake
Our annual celebration of local filmmaking. A selection of short films in
the running for one of our prestigious
Osprey Short film awards, including an
audience award voted for by you.
There'll be more information on the films once the judges have made their selection.
Keswick Film Festival has joined forces with Sally's Cottages, an award-winning holiday cottage company run by people that
love the Lake District and Cumbria, with an office just across the road from our beloved Alhambra Cinema.
Over 260 beautiful holiday cottages in and around Keswick.
or call 01768 720615.
Keswick Film Festival is supported by Film Hub North with National Lottery funding on behalf of the BFI Film Audience Network.
All programme and film details are correct at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.