Bristol Film Festival is one of our favourite annual events – expect an impressive array of films ranging from cult classics to modern family favourites – all screened in some of Bristol's quirkiest and most surprising venues. This ain't no average collection of film screenings though – hell no. At many of the events, you won't just be watching a brilliant piece of big screen action – you can also expect expertly picked wine pairings, black tie dinner & drinks receptions, exclusive director interviews and immersive live performance, depending on the event in question. This is a truly Bristolian festival: creative, accessible, fun, and family-friendly (for the most part!). Check out our roundup of the events below, and follow the links to grab your tickets with an exclusive discount for Wriggle users.  

Don't miss this screening of Bruce Brown’s essential motorcycle racing documentary On Any Sunday at Fowlers Motorcycle showroom. The evening begins with a chance to view Fowlers showroom and their wide range of motorcycles after-hours, with a complimentary ale courtesy of Wickwar Wessex Brewing. 

The stunning All Saints church in Clifton plays host to this groundbreaking production of Carmen, produced especially for the Bregenz Festival on a stunning floating stage. This spectacular evening of event cinema at its finest also forms part of the historic venue’s 150th anniversary celebrations. Enjoy a drinks reception and live music upon arrival at this truly atmospheric setting, and then marvel at this classic piece of opera brought to life once more in a unique way.

Following the inaugural sellout Airplane! event at Aerospace Bristol in March, we’re delighted that the Film Festival is returning to the venue for a screening of the ’80s cult classic Top Gun, underneath Concorde itself. This iconic plane is the last of its kind to be built and the last to fly; it ended its journey in Bristol and is now displayed in a custom-built hangar, and you will have the opportunity to look onboard prior to the film starting. You can buy drinks and snacks in the shadow of the plane, before taking your seats below its wing to enjoy one of the most enduring ’80s movies and Tom Cruise at his finest.

Get your spook on in the buildup to Halloween with the hilarious Vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows, from the team behind Flight of the Concords. Take your seats in Averys historic wine cellars, accompanied by a mouth-watering selection of wines picked by Averys resident experts – for this screening, you will be enjoying wines from New Zealand, in keeping with the film’s setting. Expect sparkling wine on arrival, with bread and cheese courtesy of Arch House Deli to enjoy during the film, along with four carefully chosen wines that are served at points throughout the film (details announced soon).

Not one for the faint-hearted, this screening is part of the Horror in the Caves series. Those with a strong constitution will venture into the infamous Redcliffe Caves – a truly unusual, spine-chilling setting for this screening of the terrifying 2015 supernatural hit, The Witch. 

This matinee screening in the chilling Redcliffe Caves puts the vintage genre classic and seminal 1950s sci-fi chiller, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers back on the big screen for just £12 entry – an absolute steal – or should that be a snatch? A body snatch, that is... 

Horror in the caves continues with a screening of the hilarious homage to ’50s creature features Tremors.

The 2018 Vintage Screening season continues with the modern Gothic classic Interview With The Vampire, starring Tom Cruise. Take your seats in Averys cellars, accompanied by a mouth-watering selection of wines picked by Averys resident experts – for this screening, you will be enjoying a mix of French and American wines, in keeping with the film’s major locations. Enjoy sparkling wine on arrival, with bread and cheese courtesy of Arch House Deli to enjoy during the film, along with four carefully chosen wines that are served at points throughout the film (details announced soon).

Join us at the launch of the new series in the Planetarium at We The Curious, bringing you the finest films from the final frontier! Visit this brilliant venue after hours to enjoy movies for an out of this world experience. The second film in the inaugural To Infinity series is the Oscar-winning, vertigo-inducing space survival thriller Gravity.

 Enter through our military tent on Redcliffe Wharf, grab a drink from the pop-up bar to steel your nerves, and step foot inside one of Bristol’s most unusual and exclusive locations for another season of classic and contemporary horror movies. This matinee screening of the occult ’50s thriller, and one-time influence on Kate Bush, Night Of The Demon is only £12.

Sunday’s screenings continue with David Cronenberg’s version of one of the most infamous body horrors of all time, The Fly.

Sunday 28th October: The Descent @ Redcliffe Caves | £15

The Horror In The Caves series concludes with a screening of the ultimate subterranean nightmare, The Descent

This autumn Bristol Film Festival are partnering with Bristol Museum & Art Gallery for an evening of spectacular screenings themed around the circus, to coincide with ‘Clowns: The Eggs-hibition’ and Circus 250. Enter the museum after hours, be enchanted by live performers, and prepare to be drawn into the magic like never before in the incredible setting of the main hall.The first film showing is the Disney classic Dumbo – all tickets for this screening are at a special “kids and big kids” concessionary rate of only £9.

The second film showing at the Bristol Museum mini-series is the recent Oscar-winning smash hit The Greatest Showman. The will be screened with onscreen lyrics so that you can join in with your favourite songs, and you should also expect stunning live performers to enchant you. 

Don't miss the very first Midnight At The Museum screening, a new series hosting adult-only events in this amazing space. The inaugural screening is a late night showing of It, the 2017 horror movie based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. 

Join the Film Festival for a relaxed evening of classic comedy, delicious local beer and zombie mayhem at the latest Cult Screens event – it’s the “rom-zom-com” Shaun Of The Dead, in partnership with Wickwar Wessex Brewing. The screening takes place in the atmospheric setting of the former fire station on Silver Street, where guests will enjoy a flight of four of Wickwar’s flagship ales (and some bar snacks) to drink along with the movie. The Wickwar team will be onsite as well, with the brewers talking you through the beers they’ve crafted. It’s an opportunity to experience this hilarious cult favourite on the big screen once more, with quality beer to accompany it – so fetch your cricket bat, grab a local beer, and wait for all of this to blow over…

This event sees the Bristol Film Festival partner with SS Great Britain to bring you their most immersive screening yet: a black tie evening to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the UK premiere of Titanic. Guests are strongly encouraged to join in black tie at Brunel’s historic ship, where you will be greeted by the captain and serenaded aboard with live music and welcome drinks. The iconic film will be screened in the First Class Dining Saloon, and the screening includes an interval on the Promenade Deck with light supper courtesy of Cherry Picked Catering and live music from the Brunel Quartet.This promises to be a spectacular evening that will bring the film to life like never before, all within the stunning setting of a true Bristol icon. Book your voyage today!

Bristol Film Festival returns to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery this Christmas for an evening of feel-good favourites for the festive season. Enter the museum after hours, be enchanted by live performers, and prepare to be drawn into the magic like never before in the incredible setting of the main hall. The first screening this Christmas is the recent adaptation of the story of everyone’s favourite bear, Paddington.

The second screening in the Christmas at the Museum mini-series is the festive-themed rom-com The Holiday.

Published -8th October 2018