Bristol Film Festival announce Spring 2023 schedule

Bristol Film Festival announce Spring 2023 schedule

Posted on: 12 Dec 2022

The popular multi venue film festival is returning once again in March 2023 with a busy and diverse programme of classic cinema.


Bristol Film Festival’s Spring 2023 programme begins on Wednesday 1 March and ends on Saturday 20 May.


Organisers of the local festival have once again planned what looks to be a truly special run of events and, until Sunday 31 December, film buffs who purchase their tickets online will receive 10% off.


View the full programme HERE.


Beginning on 1 March, Bristol Film Festival brings together a range of cinema genres screening at locations including Arnos Vale Cemetery, Clifton Observatory, Bristol Cathedral and Redcliffe Caves. We’ve taken a look at some of the highlights…


The festival features a plethora of children’s classics. A screening of Henry Selick’s creepy stop motion, Coraline, at Arnos Vale Cemetary kicks off proceedings on Wednesday 1 March.


This will be followed by Disney princess classic Beauty and the Beast at The Mount Without on Wednesday 8 March, much-loved puppet madness in Muppet Treasure Island at The Mount Without on Island Wednesday March 15 and another Disney favourite at Clifton Observatory in the shape of Alice in Wonderland on Sunday 23 April.

For those a little older, Bristol Film Festival also regularly features a healthy dose of drama. On Thursday 9 March Sherlock: The Sign Of Three will be screened at the venue where it was filmed – The Orangery.


The festival then goes underground with Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom on Friday 10 March followed by a special Batman Day on Saturday 11 March, featuring Batman: The Movie, Batman (1989), The Dark Knight, Joker and The Batman.


Leonardo DiCaprio starring The Great Gatsby will be screened at Loco Klub on Sunday 19 March and the eagerly anticipated second instalment of Top Gun (Maverick) will be fittingly shown at Aerospace Bristol on Tuesday 21 March.


On Friday 10 and Saturday 11 March, Taika Waititi’s indie comedy hit Hunt for The Wilderpeople and powerful anti-hate satire Jojo Rabbit will be showing at Averys Wine Cellars. Attendees will also be able to take a nostalgic trip back to the 80s with Steven Spielberg’s tale of childhood comradeship, The Goonies, on Sunday 12 March. 

Then, for those wishing the celebrate the 90th birthday of a bona fide British legend, a Michael Caine quadruple bill (Alfie, The Italian Job, The Man Who Would King, The Ipcress File) is set for Bristol Improv Theatre on Friday 18 March. 


For those looking for a bit of romancing, Saturday 23 April sees steamy Victorian romance Pride & Prejudice and fictionalised Elizabethan rom-com Shakespeare in Love both screened at the picturesque Clifton Observatory.


Bristol Film Festival will also, of course, be screening a number of cult classics, starting with an appearance from The Dude and co of The Big Lebowski at Clifton Observatory on Saturday 5 March.


80s action-adventure epic Flash Gordon will be showing at Redcliffe Caves on Sunday 12 March, as will David Bowie starring fantasy flick Labyrinth and the wonderful world of The Princess Bride.

This list is only a brief look at what Bristol Film Festival’s Spring season has on offer, head to the festival website for the full programme.

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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.