Festivals 2018

National

January

 26 – 28 January   Slapstick Festival featuring a considerable number of silent films including including this year’s festival gala consisting of Keaton’s 1924 masterpiece Sherlock Jr,  Chaplin’s 1918 comedy A Dog’s Life and Laurel & Hardy’s 1929 silent, Angora Love.  Further screenings TBC   Colston Hall/Watershed, Bristol Link

February

23 February to 11 March Borderlines Film Festival     The sixteenth  annual Borderlines Film Festival runs in the Shropshire, Hereford and Marches areas and screens some quality silents, including this year The Lost World (1926) and Behind The Door (1919) Various venues.  Link

March

10 – 11 March  Kennington Bioscope Silent Laughter Weekend  A whole weekend of classic and rarely screened silent comedies.  Programme includes Raymond Griffith in The Night Club (1925), Beatrice Lillie in Exit Smiling (1926) and Max Linder in Seven Years Bad Luck (1921).  The Cinema Museum, LambethLink

21 – 25 March.  HippFest –  Seventh Hippodrome Festival of Silent Film,   Scotland’s premier silent film festival takes place in Scotland’s oldest purpose-built cinema, with a range of British and international silent films all with live musical accompaniment including Last of the Mohicans (1921), Lubitsch masterpiece The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1928) and a European premier for newly restored Chinese melodrama Striving (Fen Dou) (1932).   Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’ness, Scotland Link

April

19 – 20 April  British Silent Film Festival SymposiumA day of presentations at KCL and a day of rare film screenings at the Phoenix Cinema in Finchley .   Film details TBA.  Kings College/Phoenix Cinema, London Link

May

8 – 30 May     3rd Annual Yorkshire Silent Film Festival A month long festival all across Yorkshire showcasing the best of silent film, all with live musical accompaniment.  Multiple locations across Yorkshire. Link

Jul

26-19 July  Cinema Rediscovered The 3rd annual event bringing the finest digital restorations, contemporary classics and film print rarities back where they belong – on the big screen, including a selection of silents.  Programme TBA Various cinemas across BristolLink

September

8-9 September –  Kennington Bioscope Silent Film Weekender  An unrivaled programme of rare, unique and little seen silents, presented by leading silent film historians with live music by some of the country’s finest silent accompanists.   Cinema Museum, London Link

18 – 19 September   New Approaches to Silent Film Historiography: Technology, Spectatorship and the Archive  This conference will analyse the impact of recent technological and institutional developments on the study, experience, and restoration of silent films and discuss sustainable ways forward.  University of Leeds, Leeds Link

Event TBCBritish Silent Film Festival ? Britain’s premier silent film festival with live musical accompaniment by some of the finest national and international accompanists.   Location – TBC   Link

October

25 October – 1 NovemberCambridge Film Festival     Now in its 38th year (and the third longest running film festival in the UK) the Cambridge festival always features a strong silent film theme.  Film details to be confirmed. Link

 

International

February

15 – 25 February  Berlin International Film Festival.  Usually containing a strong element of silent film, this year is no different with a strand  focusing on cinema of the Weimar era, showcasing a programme of 28 narrative, documentary, and short films made between 1918 and 1933. Titles include mountaineering epic Fight for the Matterhorn (1928), a long thought lost Urban Gad epic Christian Wahnschaffe (1921) and Menschen im Busch (People In The Bush, 1930), an early example of ethnographic cinema.  Link

23 – 24 Februry    Kansas Silent Film Festival  In its 22nd year the Kansas Silent Film Festival’s mission is to provide an entertaining and educational forum for silent films and it’s one of the few  festivals to do so for free. Every year, on the last weekend in February, from Friday night through Saturday night, come rain or snow or shine, the festival showcases films from the silent era with live musical accompaniment. All films are shown on a big screen like they were originally intended.        Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, USA  Link

21 February – 4 March  Dublin International Film Festival  With a modest but quality silent film strand featuring shocker Behind The Door (1919), a newly restored version of The Italian Straw Hat (1928) and The Big Parade (1925) plus documentary masterpiece Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017). Link

March

14-18 March16th Karlsruhe Silent Film Festival  Programme TBC  ZKM Medientheater, Karlsruhe, Germany Link

April

6 – 9 April  Toronto Silent Film Festival Programme includes; Hamlet (1921), The Sensation Seekers (1927), Battle of the Somme (1916),  A Page of Madness (1926) and The Strong Man (1926)  Various cinemas, Toronto, Canada Link

19 – 22 April  15th Polish Silent Film Festival (Święto Niemego Kina).   The programme this year focuses upon Polish silent super-star Pola Negri and films being screened include Bestia (1917), The Wild Cat (1921), When The Heart Glows With Hate (1917) and The Spanish Dancer (1923).  Other films being screened include People With No Tomorrow (1919), The Doll (1919), The Dumb Girl of Portici (1916), Pandora’s Box (1929) and The Patsy (1928).  The festival also includes a two day international conference on Pola Negri’s career, including reflections on her legacy, as well as the people of her epoch who shaped her artistic education, and those who she have in turn influenced.   Kino Iluzjon, Warsaw, Poland  Link

27-29 April   6th Loud Silents Film Festival  Finnish top-notch artists and internationally acclaimed silent film musicians compose new soundtracks for classic silent films.  Programme includes The Golem: How He Came Into the World (1920), The Suffragette (1913), The Lost World (1925) and in a programme definitely not to be missed, a collection of 1920s French erotica with a Finnish rap soundtrack.   Tampere, Finland  Link

26-30 April     Denver Silent Film Festival      The Denver Silent Film Festival was established in September of 2010. It presents a broad spectrum of silent film by programming a lively and thought-provoking mix of educational and entertaining films. American and foreign classics, as well as lesser-known rare and restored films will be presented.  Programme TBC.  Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Denver  Link

May

4 – 6 May  The 4th Nitrate Picture Show  This festival of film conservation  features screenings of vintage nitrate prints from international archives—including the Eastman Museum’s own collection—as well as lectures, workshops, and other opportunities to experience the art and science of film preservation, from print conservation to archival projection. “The Nitrate Picture Show is unlike any other festival of film preservation in that its ‘rules of the game’ are far more challenging—and often unpredictable,” said Paolo Cherchi Usai, Senior Curator, Moving Image Department, George Eastman Museum. “Our selection is based primarily on the physical condition and on the pictorial beauty of the prints; the quality and reputation of the works themselves comes next.”   Programme TBC  Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York, USA Link

19 May  Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit. Recognized as one of the world’s longest running annual celebrations of Silent Film, the Catalina Island Museum’s 31st annual benefit is set to present a broader and more sensational program than in any year past. Held in the historic Avalon Casino Theatre, William Wrigley Jr.’s 1929 Art Deco Movie Palace, attendees will be treated to an authentic 1920s cinematic experience.  Harry Houdini, the celebrated handcuff king and self-liberator, stars in Jesse L. Lasky’s 1920 movie, Terror Island, which was filmed, in large part, on Catalina Island. Award-winning composer and sound designer, Michael Mortilla, and a group of the very best musicians in the nation will provide a 1920s Jazz-inspired live orchestral accompaniment for Terror IslandAvalon Casino Theatre, Catalina Island, Calif. USA Link

24 – 27 May  Cinevent 2018  This is a gathering of fans of silent and early sound films, and of collectors of motion pictures and related items. Movie screenings take place nearly continually every day of the convention.  Dealers fill over a hundred tables full of film, video, sound recordings, posters, stills, lobby cards, books, autographs…everything imaginable associated with film.  Programme TBC  Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, Columbus, Ohio, USA.  Link

30 May – 3 June    San Francisco Silent Film Festival   Full programme TBC   Castro Theater, San Francisco, USA Link

June

6 – 16 June   Nitrate Film Festival, Belgrade  Now in its 20th year this festival includes a considerable number of silent film screenings, this year including Dawn (Dir. Herbert Wilcox, GB, 1928), Maldone (Dir. Jean Grémillon, Fr, 1928) and Spring Awakening (Richard Oswald, Ger, 1929).  Presented by Jugoslovenska Kinoteka of Serbia and held in two Belgrade cinemas.  Few further details on festival programme or organisation.  Unable to find a festival link but further details apparently available from kinoteka.org.rs (in Serbian).

13 – 16 June  Mostly Lost 7.  Fancy going to a film festival where talking during the films is not only allowed but positively encouraged? Then Mostly Lost is the one for you, as the audience seek to put a name to unidentified fragments of silent and early sound film.  There are also quite a few complete films being screened….where its probably best not to talk!  Library of Congress, Packard Campus, Culpepper, Va USA  Link

23 June – 1 July     32nd Il Cinema Ritrovato,   A festival dedicated to the rediscovery of rare and little-known films with a particular focus on the origins of cinema and the silent movie period. It is organised every summer by the Cineteca di Bologna and is one of the world’s major festivals of film restoration. Bologna, Italy  Link

August

10 – 12 August   Capitolfest – Capitolfest is Central New York’s premier summer Cinephile film festival—a place to see rarely-shown and newly-discovered films of the silent and early talkie era, held at the historic 1,788-seat movie palace, the Capitol Theatre, which opened in December, 1928.  Set in the small upstate New York city of Rome, Capitolfest 16 promises to surpass its fourteen previous installments, with three days of eclectic and critically-acclaimed programming, which includes; The Coming of Sunbeam (1913) directed by Alice Guy Blaché; Lillian and Dorothy Gish in Henry King’s Romola (1924); On The Brink (1911) directed by Edwin S. Porter and Lois Weber; The Night of Love (1927) with Ronald Colman and Vilma Banky and directed by George Fitzmaurice; and The Rescue (1929) directed by Herbert Brenon with Ronald Colman and Lili Damita.  Capitol Theater, Rome, New York, USA Link

Event TBC Manila International Silent Film Festival   Programme TBC   Location TBC Link

October

6 – 13 October  37th   Pordenone Silent Film Festival   Running since 1982 as a collaborative effort between La Cineteca del Friuli in Gemona and the Cinemazero filmclub in Pordenone, the Giornate del Cinema Muto, aka Pordenone Silent Film Festival, has established itself as the leading international event dedicated to the preservation, diffusion, and study of the first thirty years of cinema.  Cinema Verdi, Pordenone, Italy   Link

12 – 14 October   Marie Dressler Foundation – Vintage Film Festival   In 1992, a group of film enthusiasts involved in the restoration of the Marie Dressler house had a wild idea. Why not hold a festival showing the films in which Marie Dressler had starred? This seemingly fantastic idea grew into the present form in which they show a variety of films generally made before about 55-60 years ago, often, although not always, including a film starring Marie Dressler.          Capitol Theater, Port Hope, Ontario, Canada  Link