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Harrogate Film Festival has unveiled its programme for its third year, setting the scene for 2019. The number of events for the public to attend is set to increase as the festival grows from strength to strength since its inception in 2017. The festival will also be taking over more local venues and delivering more experiences than previously seen, during the first weekend in March 2019.

New on the agenda will be a ‘Glorious night of food and film’ at Hotel Du Vin, a ‘Mary Poppins’ magic experience for children and adults at the Pump Room Museum, and the return of the popular Independent Filmmakers’ Competition.

The critically acclaimed worldwide, Independent Filmmakers' Competition, described by Everyman Cinemas as ‘making Harrogate a hub for film in the UK’, is back once again, with over 500 entries from over 50 countries already received. New categories for this year include ‘Animation’ and ‘Science Fiction’ with all screenings taking place at the Everyman Cinema.

The festival see's the return of it's popular filmmakers' competition (Picture: Horror entry)
The festival see's the return of it's popular filmmakers' competition (Picture: Horror entry)

“We’re tremendously pleased to be supporting this event which is thriving and growing with each passing year. The Independent Filmmakers' Competition provides a great platform for local film talent and has also seen filmmakers come to Harrogate from as far as Paris and Canada! The event really has been incredibly well received by the local community and complements wonderfully the area’s thriving arts and entertainments scene.”

Zoe Robinson, Managing Partner at Raworths Solicitors

This year, the festival is also introducing workshops to its repertoire, with David Bunting, the storyboard artist from Shaun the Sheep and The Tigger Movie, where you will discover movie special effects and stop motion animation techniques in this magical animation workshop. More details on this exciting event will be announced very soon!

David Bunting will present an animation workshop (Pictured)
David Bunting will present an animation workshop (Pictured)

“We’re delighted to be growing the festival this year. The strategy supports our vision of becoming one of the best film festivals in Europe. The Harrogate Film Festival Independent Filmmakers’ Competition has once again received tremendous support from the indie community both locally, in the UK and worldwide and it’s fantastic to be adding two new screenings to this popular competition.”

Adam Chandler, Managing Director at Harrogate Film Festival

Tickets for the festival are now on sale online at www.harrogatefilm.co.uk or at Harrogate Box Office on 01423 502116 or in person.