Bristol Film Festival - Summer Sensory Screenings

Where: Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, BS1 4QA

When: 20 August 2016 10:00am to 11:00pm

Bristol Film Festival is hosting its inaugural summer event – a sensory cinema experience that will bring the sights, sounds and smells of some much loved films to life on Saturday 20th August at the Arnolfini Gallery.

With films for all the family, the Summer Screenings programme of interactive and immersive film screenings and talks will run all day, from a 10am showing of The Lion King to a 9pm over -18s presentation of This is Spinal Tap.

The first of a series of special film events being hosted by the Bristol Film Festival team throughout the year, the programme offers viewers the chance to watch a film with additional entertainment and effects, providing a more immersive experience, appealing to all senses. Every film viewing is heightened with themed décor, and real-time lighting, sound and smell effects during the movie.

Every screening is introduced by an expert – for example, Bristol Museum introduce Jurassic Park with a talk on Bristol’s very own dinosaur – and also each event has competitions and raffles to win experiential and themed prizes.

Owen Franklin, co-founder of Bristol Film Festival said: “We are very excited about our first Summer Screenings event at the Arnolfini, a venue that frequently champions inspirational and immersive art.  

“We know people have a more memorable experience when all senses are heightened and so we are really working to bring these films to life. We don’t want to give everything away but there will definitely be some surprises in some of the films shown.”

With something for everyone, The Lion King is followed by a 12.30pm screening of Jurassic Park, and a 4pm Goldfinger showing in the main Auditorium. Finally This is Spinal Tap screens for adults only at 9:30pm.

In the Dark Studio, the programme of talks runs all afternoon, with a fascinating range of speakers and subjects.

Icon Films will be talking about their wildlife documentary productions at 12pm. This local studio is responsible for hit shows such as River Monsters, and will be showcasing some of their stunning footage and explaining their filmmaking process.

Bristol’s History on Film at 2pm will explore the way in which Bristol has been presented in moving image through the ages, using archive footage of the city courtesy of Bristol Record Office.

At 4pm and 6:30pm The Movie Lover’s Guide To Wine Tasting is presented in partnership with Averys. This event looks at the relationship between wine and film – such as Chianti in The Silence Of The Lambs – and allows the audience to sample movie-related wines whilst the experts offer their tongue-in-cheek guide to pairing a fine wine with a classic movie.

Franklin added: “The Summer Screenings kick start a programme of events this year in the run up to the second Bristol Film Festival, taking place across the city in March 2017.

“We know from the success of our first festival this March that there’s huge appetite for film and associated immersive experiences throughout Bristol, whether taking place in quirky locations or offering a new angle on classic films.”

Bristol Film Festival was established in 2015 as an exciting addition to the city’s cultural calendar and a celebration of the impact and influence of moving image throughout contemporary society. The festival showcases a range of films, from blockbusters to classics and everything in between, alongside talks, seminars and workshops to provide something for everyone. Almost 50 events took place at a dozen venues in March 2016.

Bristol Film Festival can provide local businesses with bespoke annual sponsorship packages and branding appropriate to the film programme. 

Entry Cost: £9-£12

Posted by: Catherine Gillott | 09-08-2016

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