Keswick Film Festival


Daffodils? Snowdrops? No, the first sign of spring in the Lakes is the Keswick Film Festival, which will take place at the gloriously restored Alhambra Cinema, Theatre by the Lake and at nearby Rheged for its 21st year. 

As ever, we will bring you a programme of the best of world and independent cinema – winners and highlights from the world’s most prestigious festivals alongside premieres and pre-releases. There is the chance that we might screen the odd classic or two and we are expecting some very special guests for this auspicious anniversary. Just because the Festival is turning 21, it doesn’t mean we have to be all grown up! 

There will be a focus on youth too, with the Osprey Short film Awards and the Patron’s Legacy Project (our ongoing tribute to Sir John Hurt) offering an early insight into the talent of tomorrow’s filmmakers, artists and designers.

Buy festival passes here

Individual Films | on-sale from 3 Jan 2020

27 Feb 2020

7.30pm | The Runaways (PG) | Alhambra Cinema

28 Feb 2020

12.30pm | Double Bill: Nancy Spinks - Bob Graham Round + The Run (PG) | Main House

12.30pm | Amanda (15)| Alhambra Cinema

1pm | The Patron’s Legacy Project | Studio (Free Entry)

3.30pm | Aga (PG) | Main House

3.30pm | Noah Land (age guidance TBC) | Alhambra Cinema

6pm | The Tobacconist (15) | Main House

6pm | First Love (15) | Alhambra Cinema

6pm | Only Lovers Left Alive (15) | Studio

9pm | The Nightingale (18) | Main House

9pm | Monos (15) | Alhambra Cinema

29 Feb 2020

11am | The Personal History of David Copperfield (PG) | Alhambra Cinema

11am | For Sama (18) | Main House

11.30am | The Cordillera of Dreams (age guidance TBC) | Rheged

2pm | The Ospreys (age guidance TBC) | Alhambra Cinema (Free Entry)

2pm | So Long My Son (12A) | Main House

2pm | Tumbbad (15) | Rheged

4pm | Belonging (15) | Alhambra Cinema

6pm | Midsommar (18) | Studio

6.15pm | The Farewell (PG) | Main House

6.15pm | Hope Gap (12A) | Alhambra Cinema

9pm | Parasite (15) | Alhambra Cinema

9pm | Dance of the Seven Veils (age guidance TBC) | Main House

1 Mar 2020

11am | Derrière les fronts: Résistances et résiliences en Palestine (12A) | Main House

11.15am | The Kingmaker (age guidance TBC) | Alhambra Cinema

2pm | A Picture with Yuki (age guidance TBC) | Alhambra Cinema

2pm | No Fathers in Kashmir (age guidance TBC) | Main House

5pm | Portrait of a Lady on Fire (15) | Alhambra Cinema

5pm | The Souvenir (15) | Main House

8pm | Blackbird (age guidance TBC) | Alhambra Cinema

Note: Purchase of a Film Festival Pass does not guarantee entry to a screening and pass-holders are asked to reserve tickets (at no additional cost) to secure entry. 

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