Keswick Film Festival

Thu 22 - Sun 25 February 2018

Back for its 19th year, this annual celebration of cinema brings you the very best films from the world’s greatest festivals – as well as some very special guests – and all in the stunning surrounds of one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

When the view is as good outside as it is on screen, it’s not hard to see why this festival is getting a burgeoning reputation with so many people flocking to attend year on year.

Our team are currently in the process of hand-picking each film to feature in our programme of movies from around the world. This year’s highlights will include The Square, Edie, A Fantastic Woman, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and Ai Weiwei’s remarkable documentary, Human Flow. Our short film competition, The Ospreys, will have more submissions to surprise and delight you, perhaps showcasing a first glimpse of tomorrow’s filmmakers. Venues will include Theatre by the Lake, Keswick’s Alhambra Cinema and Rheged’s huge Imax screen. 

Don’t just take our word for it! This is what our audience said last year: ‘An outstanding choice of films and a very friendly atmosphere’

‘Everyone really friendly, great time indulging a passion for film within a gorgeous location and plenty to explore’

For further details as the festival draws closer, visit where you can also register to receive regular email updates.

Please note: there is an overnight closure on the A66 which will be in force from 8pm – 6am from Mon 19 February until 18 March, affecting traffic routes on the A66 between Keswick and Penrith. Visit our location page to find out more.

Buy festival passes here

Individual films

On-sale on 3 January

Thu 22 February 

7.00pm: Edie (12A) - Alhambra cinema

Fri 23 February

12.00pm: La Isla - TBTL Main House
12.00pm: The Rider (15) - Alhambra cinema
2.30pm: A Woman's Life - TBTL Main House
2.30pm: Trophy (15) - TBTL Studio
2.30pm: Directions (15) - Alhambra cinema
5.00pm: Heartstone - TBTL Main House
5.00pm: Cumbria on Film - TBTL Studio
5.00pm: Sami Blood - Alhambra cinema
8.00pm: Sicilian Ghost Story (15) - Alhambra cinema
8.00pm: Clouds of Glory - TBTL Studio
8.00pm: Blade of the Immortal (18) - TBTL Main House

Sat 24 February 

10.00am: Demain - TBTL Studio
10.00am: Keswick School presents, A Monster Calls - Alhambra cinema
11.15am: Our Last Tango - Rheged
11.30am: The Work (15) - TBTL Main House
1.00pm: The Ospreys - Alhambra (free entry)
1.45pm: Human Flow - Rheged
2.00pm: Mountains May Depart - TBTL Main House
3.00pm: A Fantastic Woman (15) - Alhambra Cinema
5.00pm: Tawai - a voice from the forest - TBTL Main House
5.00pm: Woman of the Year - TBTL Studio 
5.30pm: Dark River (15) - Alhambra cinema
8.00pm: That Good Night (15) - TBTL Main House
8.00pm: L'Amant Double (18) - Alhambra cinema
10.30pm: Night of the Living Dead (15) - Alhambra cinema 
Film screening at 11.30pm with talk from 10.30pm

Sun 25 February

10.00am: Open Bethlehem - TBTL Studio
11.45am: Gook (15) - Alhambra cinema
1.45pm: The Square (15) - Alhambra cinema
2.00pm: Human Flow (12A) - Rheged 
3.30pm: Neil Sinyard on George Stevens - TBTL Studio
5.00pm: Shane - TBTL Studio
5.00pm: The Third Murder (15) - Alhambra cinema
8.00pm: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (15) - Alhambra cinema