Bristol Film Festival announce stellar Autumn and Winter lineup

Bristol Film Festival announce stellar Autumn and Winter lineup

Posted on: 15 Jul 2022

The ever-popular multi-venue festival have announced a massive roster of screenings for their Autumn/Winter 2022 programme with a whole range of film genres and new venues featured.


The events kick off at the beginning of September and run all the way until December 23.


With sixty screenings already live on the festival sight for film lovers to browse and more events plus two extra new venues promised, the 2022 iteration of the Bristol Film Festival looks bigger than ever before.


Head to the festival website for more information or scroll on for our pick of the events.

Bristol Film Festival’s Autumn/Winter 2022 programme kicks off at the beginning of September with a selection of true classics...


Kicking off the programme at Redcliffe Caves is cult fantasy comedy The Princess Bride on Friday 2 September. Other highlights from September at The Caves include Indiana Jones and The Temple Of Doom (also on the 2), puppet-driven epic The Dark Crystal the next day and the David Bowie starring magical musical Labyrinth on Sunday 4.


Other September highlights include the legendary coming-of-age musical Grease at new festival venue Bristol Improv Theatre on Thursday 15 September. The current holder of the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, Encanto (pictured below), is showing at Clifton Observatory on Sunday 25 September. 

Seminal dramedy The Graduate and classic Western Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are also being screened at Clifton Observatory on the same day.


October sees even more classic events at special venues, including a packed Halloween schedule for Bristol horror fans to get their fangs stuck into.


Iconic musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be bringing the camp to Bristol Improv Theatre on Thursday 13 October before family-friendly horror The Addams Family is shown amongst the gravestones of Arnos Vale Cemetery on Wednesday 19.

Baz Luhrmann’s dazzling adaptation of Romeo & Juliet is showing at new venue, and former church, The Mount Without on Thursday 20 October, as is the iconic teen drama Twilight at Arnos Vale.


Those looking for a real scare could do much worse than catching hit horror The Conjuring at Bristol Museum on Thursday 27 October or, alternatively, nightmarish masterclass Suspiria at Avery's Wine Cellars the next day.


Other frightening flicks include the 1958 Dracula and global sensation Paranormal Activity at Redcliffe Caves on Saturday 29 October. Rounding off the Halloween schedule is claustrophobic cult favourite The Descent aptly screening at Redcliffe Caves on Sunday 30 October.

Moving into November, classic musical comedies School of Rock and This Is Spinal Tap are being shown at Bristol Museum on Friday 4. The next night, the original vampire film, Nosferatu, will be shown at St Mary Redcliffe, accompanied by a live score. It will be the inaugural screening at the cavernous church and marks 100 years of the silent classic.


Sunday 13 November sees a trio of war films at Clifton Observatory to mark Remembrance Sunday 2022. Acclaimed musical Oh! What A Lovely War will be followed by Oscar Winning classic 1917 and Christopher Nolan epic, Dunkirk.


December sees the ramping up of Bristol Film Festival’s Christmas schedule, spearheaded by Miracle on 34thStreet at Bristol Improv Theatre on Saturday 3 December. Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone follows with showings on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 at Clifton College Chapel.

Cult comedy-horror Gremlins bucks the trend on Monday 16 at Avery's Wine Cellars as does (or maybe doesn’t, it’s a touchy subject) at Avery's Wine Cellars on Friday 23 December.


Never fear though Christmas fans because sandwiched between the two are timeless classic It’s a Wonderful Life at Averys Wine Cellars on Tuesday 20, the feel-good Will Ferrell starring Elf at Bristol Museum on Wednesday 21 and wintry rom-com The Holiday also at the museum on Wednesday 21.


For a comprehensive look at all the upcoming Bristol Film Festival 2022 events, head to their website now.

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Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and he spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city, immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturdays are spent watching his team both home and away.