CIFF 2021

Take a look at the programme for the 2021 Cheltenham International Film Festival, which is online again this time. It starts on 24 May with a preview of The Father, for which Anthony Hopkins became the oldest actor to win the Best Actor statuette at this year’s Oscars. In total, the festival runs to 34 films, including 14 UK premieres and 11 previews. There will also be a major interview to honour distinguished British director Stephen Frears and a competition for best film by an emerging director.

Note that you can pay to see The Father now, but you won’t be able to watch it until 24 May. Because of demand from the big cinema chains, it will only be on sale for two days after that. Once you have bought it, as with all the films, you have 28 days to start watching it: but remember, once you press Play, you only get 48 hours of access. The other films have longer buying windows. Sorry it’s all so confusing: it’s because of the film distributors wanting to protect their assets.

For details of CIFF, go to If you are a Cheltenham Film Society member, you are entitled to a 25 per cent discount, using that the code that you should have received by email. If you haven’t received that, contact our membership secretary at Please note that we have a new domain name.