Brighton & Hove is a city of festivals with more than 60 taking place each year. This ranges from larger festivals such as the Brighton Festival to small community and neighbourhood festivals. Some of these have international reputations for excellence in film and moving image.
The Brighton Film Festival, now in its 12th year and with a programme spanning international work, UK premieres and new local work. The diverse programme expands specialised cinema into visual arts exhibition, debate and film and artist moving image. Takes place in November/ December each year.
The largest mixed arts festival in England which commissions work and presents programme in its own three venues and with partners across the city.
The Festival and Cine City jointly create cinema events as part of the main festival including live music and film and screenings in the Royal Pavilion. Takes place in May each year.
Colour Out of Space is a festival of experimental music and film. Since 2006 it has played host to some of the most visionary musicians, sound artists and filmmakers of the last forty years. COOS is run by Open Music, a not for profit arts group based in Brighton. The festival takes place in November each year.
This is the only film festival in the world that showcases the work of film-makers with learning disabilities.
It is organised by a board of learning disabled film makers supported by the arts charity Carousel. As well as the annual festival in Brighton Oska Bright also present programmes all over the world. You can watch some of the films on their website.
The region’s photography development agency, Photoworks present a biennial festival of photography and increasingly artist moving image, every two years. The next festival will take place in October 2014.
BDF has been running for 3 years now and is led by a partnership between Lighthouse and Wired Sussex. It is a grass roots festival which provides a platform for arts events, conferences, meet ups and other events form the creative and digital sector.
This incudes film programme and events of interest to those working in the digital media industries. It takes place in September each year.
Legacy Film Festival is a film festival that celebrates the achievements, contributions and issues of Black minority and ethnic people around the world. Its focus is largely, but not solely on that of the African diasporas as part of the internationally established Black History Month during October.
The largest free LGBT Pride festival in Europe was re-launched in 2013 and one of the innovations was an extended arts element which included a substantial LGT film strand, programmed with the Duke of Yorks. The arts festival runs for two weeks before the iconic parade and park event on the first Saturday of August.
The White Night festival ran from 2008 – 2011.
One of its strands focussed on commissioning and presenting film and moving image in outdoor and unusual spaces commissioned with film partners such as Videoclub and Cine City. This included Bluetooth movie trails, archive film in shop windows, ‘dive-in’ movies in the swimming pool, silent cinema events and live stream projections mixed live with submitted and found footage.