For the many people in Harrogate who enjoy watching films - from big-budget fantasy spectacles to art house dramas the choices and opportunities on our doorstep have never been better. The prospect of an annual film festival is a great addition, not just for film fans but for the town's hospitality industry more generally. Harrogate Film Festival's international filmmakers competition will bring the town and its surroundings to the attention of international filmmakers and potential visitors from overseas. It will also encourage new local filmmakers to hone their talents and build new ventures, with cultural and business benefits for the community as a whole.

The Film Society is thrilled to be supporting this venture. We hope you will take the opportunity to sample some of the varied events on offer - watch some of the competition screenings, learn a bit about how films are made and try one of the 'experience' screenings.