Winter Gardens Film Festival COVID-19 (Coronavirus) statement

In line with the UK Government’s public health advice we are sad to announce that we are postponing this year’s Winter Gardens Film Festival which was due to take place from 22 to 25 May 2020. 

We hope to reschedule the festival later in the year and will share any new dates with you as soon as we can confirm them. For those who have bought event tickets, we have issued full refunds so please check your bank accounts and emails.

Thank you to all our supporters and volunteers. Over the next few months, we’ll make use of our social media and video channels to share some of our favourite moments from past festivals and online film recommendations. We’ll also talk to artists, guests, volunteers and filmmakers, so that we can continue to nurture our little Festival community and hopefully welcome some new folks too!

A special thank you goes out to Arts Council England, who have agreed to continue funding support for the postponed performance and artists’ moving image projects. This means that the artists we have planned to work with, will still receive their commissions and be able to create new work at this difficult time.

Our first priority is the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, audiences, artists and filmmakers. We wish you the very best of health, please do your best to stay safe.

Catherine, Clancy and the Festival Team.

Introducing the Winter Gardens Film Festival

FF LogoThe Winter Gardens Film Festival is a ground breaking new event showcasing the best of modern and classic black and white film in the spectacular historical setting of the Blackpool Winter Gardens. The main screenings will take place in the magnificent Opera House, opened by Jessie Matthews and Sonny Hale in 1939 as one of the most luxurious and sophisticated combination theatres and super cinemas of the pre-war period. There will also be screenings in the Grand Foyer, Derham Room and the Elizabethan splendour of the Baronial Hall.

The programme for 2016 is varied, taking in a range of genres from classic musical, comic horror, silent classics and contemporary comedy, along with a range of event cinema.  On Friday 22nd we have an evening of glamour preceded by a cocktail party in the art deco foyer of the Opera House.  We’ll also be hosting a Cinema in the Dark performance of Carnival of the Souls, a truly spine chilling experience which will be followed by a full screening of the film by candlelight.  By contrast, on Saturday afternoon there’ll be a chance to play your ukulele along with George Formby in a screening of Keep Your Seats Please! 

Most tickets have been priced at £5.00 for individual screenings (£7.50 for event screenings) to keep them accessible and if you want to see everything, a wrist band for the whole festival is only £30.00.  This allows you to see all 14 films (or as many as you want) and gives you free tickets to the special events, including our launch party.  The first 20 to book wristbands will also receive a limited edition goody bag worth £30!