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The Bristol International Festival of Cinematography

Published on Wednesday, 8th June 2016

Western Europe’s only major festival of cinematography returns to Bristol in September with a programme of workshops, master-classes, screenings, talks, demos and the latest insights on how new imaging technologies promise to revolutionise filmmaking.

New inventions with the potential to revolutionise how films are made will be in the spotlight when the second edition of CINEFEST – Western Europe’s biggest celebration of cinematography - takes place in Bristol, UK, this September.

CINEFEST 2016 is being staged at Arnolfini, next to Bristol Harbour, from September 20 to 24, by the Centre for Moving Image Research at University of the West of England, to coincide with the city’s international Encounters Festival of short film.

It will offer a daily mix of master-classes with leading cinematographers, how-to workshops, Q&As, insider revelations, practical demonstrations and panel discussions involving both film industry professionals and cultural commentators.

Among the festival’s highlights will be updates on new technologies led by David Stump, the US-based based visual effects guru whose film and TV credits include two X-Men movies and the Breaking Bad episode Fly

The David Stump sessions will include the latest news about the development of the Lytro Cinema Camera and its game-changing capacity to allow multiple alterations of angle, focus, frame speed and motion to already-captured footage and on the scope for Higher Dynamic Range Imaging (HDR) to pick-up details of light and shade nearer than ever before to those of the human eye .

Festival producer Sarah Sparke says: “Very many festivals do a great job of drawing attention to, and applauding, the best-made feature, documentary, animated and short films but there are far fewer chances to examine and explore what goes into making a screen scene memorable.  CINEFEST aims to fill that gap by focusing firmly on the creative and technical know-how required behind the film camera, sharing the latest results of moving image research and innovation and giving existing and would-be filmmakers and serious students of film a rare and enticing chance to pick the brains of the people behind some of today’s most thrilling screen visuals.”

CINEFEST’S full timetable is due to be published in August.  

To keep up-to-date with CINEFEST news, plans and ticket booking arrangements, please visit; find the Centre for Moving Image Research on Facebook or follow @CineFestUK on Twitter.

CINEFEST is an initiative of the Centre for Moving Image Research at the University of the West of England.  CINEFEST supporters include Aardman Animations, the American Society of Cinematographers, the British Society of Cinematographers, IMAGO (the European Federation of Cinematographers) and the University of the West of England.