Now accepting entries for the 2023 Osprey Short Film Awards

2023 Festival

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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 for 2023

2022 Films & Winners


  • 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.

  • Osprey Short Film Award Winners

    29 March 2022

    Around 100 people turned up to the Osprey Short Film Awards on Saturday afternoon at the Theatre By The Lake. The 10 shortlisted films were screened along with two new short films from director Carl Hunter.

    The judges prize was awarded to MIDAIR by Louis-Jack, a bouldering film featuring some of the UK's strongest climbers in iconic Lake District locations, set to a pumping techno soundtrack.

    The audience selected RAMBLER MAN directed by Angus Imrie for the Audience Award. Written, produced and starring cumbrian native Ewan Pollitt who collected the award. The film, also starring Tim Bentinck (best known for his long-running role on the radio as David Archer) explores mental health, masculinity and our emotional connections with the great outdoors.

  • We're Back

    24 March 2022

    Keswick Film Festival returns after more than two years away.

    Our opening film Ali & Ava will be preceded at 6.30 with a glass of wine and some Asian canapes, courtesy of Cockermouth’s Toral’s Kitchen. Its going to be a great way to open the Festival and tickets are still available.

    We go through until Sunday night at 8.30pm in the Alhambra with the possible Oscar winner 'The Worst Person in the World'  from Norway. Along the way you have the chance to see films from all round the World, including 'Drive My Car' from Japan, 'Petite Maman' from France, 'Olga' from Ukraine, 'Parallel Mothers' from Spain and 'Flee' from Denmark. There are films at the Alhambra, at the Theatre by the Lake and at Rheged. There are the Osprey Awards for local filmmakers, and we even have a Young Programmers Fringe Festival this year in Screen 2 at the Alhambra.

    For full details go to Festival programme where you can also book your tickets or even buy a pass to the whole festival. Don't miss out - it is going to be a great weekend! 

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

Staying in Keswick for the Festival?

Staying in Keswick for the Festival?

Keswick Film Festival has joined forces with Sally's Cottages, an award-winning, local, family-run holiday cottage letting agency based just across the road from our beloved Alhambra Cinema.

Over 260 beautiful holiday cottages in and around Keswick.

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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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BFI Film Audience Network

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