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Follow this blog post for up to the minute announcements from Bradford International Film Festival HQ. We’ll be bringing you guest updates, competitions, programme additions, and letting you know if there are any last minute changes to the schedule.
Of course, you can still get this information through Facebook and Twitter – we just want to be sure that we’re reaching as many of you as possible now that BIFF 2013 is upon us. See you at the cinema!
Thursday 17 April, 3pm
Sir Tom Courtenay receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award on stage on Saturday night will have been one of the highlights for many festival-goers, but there’s a host of special guest filmmakers still to see…
Directors John Haptas and Oscar-nominated Kristine Samuelson will introduce the UK Premiere of Tokyo Waka at 6.05pm on Friday 19th April, and will be answering questions about their fascinating ‘crow’s eye’ view of one of the most advanced cities in the world.
Cast and crew from Magpie will be here for the screening of their film at 1pm on Saturday 20th April, including director Marc Price, who caused a stir with his previous film Colin, reportedly made for just £45. See his follow-up movie here first.
Two of the 26 directors behind the horror anthology The ABCs of Death are attending the late night screening at 10.45pm on Saturday 20th April: Lee (T for Toilet) Hardcastle and Simon (P is for Pressure) Rumley. Hardcastle won a competition to become the 26th director appointed to this terrifyingly ambitious project.
Director Olmo Omerzu will be answering questions at the screening of A Night Too Young, one of the entries to this year’s European Features Competition, on Saturday 20th April at 6.15pm in Pictureville.
Wednesday 17 April, 10am
We have some great festival prizes to give away in the coming days. We’ve a pair of tickets to give away to see The Dodge Brothers and Neil Brand Accompany The Ghost That Never Returns on Sunday 21st April at 5pm.
To be in with a chance of winning tweet @bradfilmfest with a picture of your best lip-curlin’, hip-shakin’ or karate-posin’ Elvis Presley impersonation. The best King image will be drawn from a spittoon on Saturday night and announced on Twitter.
We also have two copies of the best-selling Booker Prize shortlisted novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist to give away. The book, written by Mohsin Hamid, has been adapted as a very moving and thought-provoking movie, directed by Mira Nair, which we are showing as our Closing Night Film on Sunday, 21st April at 8pm. There will be a prize draw for the books at the screening – everyone with a ticket will be automatically entered, just keep hold of your ticket stub on the night.
Tuesday 16 April, 7pm
Please help us make our festival even better for next year. We have prepared a detailed online survey for the festival, and this is your chance to let us know what you saw and what you think about your experience. This is extremely helpful for improving our festival, and we would be very grateful for your help. It should take you around 10 minutes.
Monday 15 April, 3.50pm
Please note – due to technical difficulties, we’ve had to cancel tonight’s screening of A Dream’s Merchant (adv 12A). It will be replaced with The Last Dogs of Winter (12A) + Foxes (adv 15). We still hope to show A Dream’s Merchant on Thursday 18 April at 3.10pm.
Thursday 11 April, 5pm
Even in the excitement of preparing for our opening night we’ve got a little time to mention a couple of films we’ve recently added to the festival programme. Firstly, The Dresser (PG), a Bradford classic that was filmed a stone’s throw from the National Media Museum at the Alhambra Theatre.
Our special guest Sir Tom Courtenay stars as the devoted assistant to a famously high-maintenance actor, played by Albert Finney. Book tickets for The Dresser (PG) – 12th April at 8pm in Cubby Broccoli Cinema
Sir Tom Courtenay of course is a huge part of this year’s festival – he will be receiving the Bradford International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award at 8pm on Saturday 13th April, and will also be introducing a special 50th anniversary screening of Billy Liar. Book tickets for Billy Liar (PG) – 14th April at 10.50am in Pictureville Cinema
Rock fans, and fans of bad behaviour, will also be pleased to hear that we have a fantastic new documentary about Ginger Baker, the notoriously bad-tempered, but brilliant drummer with Cream. Beware of Mr Baker (adv. 15) is showing on Sunday 14th April at 6.25pm, and Sunday 21st April at 10.10am at the Museum. Book tickets for Beware of Mr Baker (adv. 15)
Thursday 11 April, 4.30pm
An addition to the festival programme has been chosen by our Closing Weekend Party leaders, The Dodge Brothers. They have selected the Elvis film, Elvis: That’s The Way It Is which they will also introduce on 20th April at 6.30pm in Cubby Broccoli Cinema. Our favourite skifflemeisters, featuring BBC film critic Mark Kermode on double bass, have just returned from recording their new album at Sun Studio in Memphis, the place where Elvis, along with other rock ‘n’ rollers such as Carl Perkins and Howlin Wolf, cut their teeth. Book tickets for Elvis: That’s The Way It Is
The Closing Weekend Party with The Dodge Brothers starts at 9pm in the Museum Café on Saturday 20th April and is free to attend.
On Sunday 21st April at 5pm in Pictureville Cinema, they will be joined by pianist Neil Brand to accompany the silent film The Ghost that Never Returns (adv. U). Book tickets for The Ghost that Never Returns (adv. U)
Tuesday 9 April, 5pm
Psst! There’s a secret film in the festival! The film is three minutes long, and will be played three times during the BIFF, after the closing credits of regular screenings. If you can identify the film, tweet @bradfilmfest with the film’s title and director. The first person to correctly identify the film will win a 20th Bradford International Film Festival pass for 2014, worth £80! The first chance to see the secret film is after:
Somebody Up There Likes Me on Friday 12th April at 6.35pm
If there is no prize winner after this screening, we’ll let you know where to find the second hidden showing. Good luck!