Festivals 2022




26 – 30 January  Slapstick Festival, Bristol   With an exceptionally strong silent film content this year, including An Old Gangster’s Molls (Dir. Svatopluk Innemann, CZ, My Grandmother (Dir. Kote Mikaberidze, USSR, 1929) 1927), The Kid Brother (Dir. Ted Wilde & Harold Lloyd, US,1927), Show People (Dir. King Vidor, US, 1928) The Patsy  (Dir. King Vidor, US, 1928) and The Cameraman (Dir. Edward Sedgwick/Buster Keaton, US, 1928). Plus lots of high profile guests introducing the films and all silent films accompanied by live music.  Watershed/Cathedral Bristol  Link


4 – 20 March – Borderlines Film Festival   Now in its twentieth year, the annual Borderlines Film Festival runs in the Shropshire, Hereford and Marches areas and usually screens some quality silents. Various venuesLink

16 – 20 March.HippFest –  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.  No programme details as yet.  Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’ness, Scotland Link


23 – 24 April  Kennington Bioscope Silent Comedy Weekend  No programme details as yet but knowing the KenBio team its bound to be a weekend packed with top notch material, much of it rarely screened and all with knowledgeable introductions and live musical accompaniment.  Cinema Museum, London  Link



13 – 16 January   Netherlands Silent Film Festival   With a strong emphasis on slapstick but also screening Valentino in Blood And Sand (Dir. Fred Niblo, US, 1922), Love And The Devil (Dir. Alexander Korda, US, 1929) and a session on French surrealist Germaine DulacPand P and Parktheater, Eindhoven  (With an option to watch on-line also)   Link

19 – 23 January  Copenhagen Silent Film Festival  The third running of this festival sees a focus on Scandinavian films including Growth Of The Soil (Dir. Gunnar Sommerfeldt, Nor, 1921), Vem Donner (Dir. Victor Sjöström, Swe, 1922) and Anna-Liisa (Dir. Teuvo Puro/Jussi Snellman, Fin, 1922).  There’s also Phantom Of The Opera (Dir. Rupert Julian, US, 1925), Mother Krause’s Journey to Happiness (Dir. Phil Jutzi, Ger, 1929) and much more besides.  Most films come with live musical accompaniment. Cinematheque, Carl/Asta, Copenhagen Link


10 – 20 February  Berlin International Film Festival.  Programme to be confirmed.  Usually containing a strong element of silent film.  Berlin, Germany  Link

24 – 26 February    Kansas Silent Film Festival 25 silent films in 3 days, all with live accompaniment and on the big screen.  Film titles to be confirmed.  White Concert Hall, Washburn University and Jayhawk Theatre, Topeka, Kansas  Link

23 Feb – 6 March  Dublin International Film Festival  With a modest but quality silent film strand, not least of which this year is Neil Brand presenting on Laurel and Hardy.  Various locations Dublin, Ireland. Link


Early April (exact date TBC) Toronto Silent Film Festival   Screening details TBC but the programming team is already working on putting together another line-up of archival restorations, rarities and classic silent films.  Various cinemas, Toronto, Canada Link


5 – 11 May  San Francisco Silent Film Festival   One of the best, celebrating their 25th year.  Screening programme TBC.    Castro Theater, San Francisco, USA  Link


2 – 5 June  The Nitrate Picture Show The Nitrate Picture Show, the world’s festival of film conservation, returns for its sixth year. The festival features screenings of vintage nitrate prints from international archives—including the Eastman Museum’s own collection.    Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York, USA Link

25 June – 3 July     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


1 – 8 October    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 cinemaProgramme TBC  Cinema Verdi, Pordenone, Italy  Link

21 – 23 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.   This year including Mary Pickford in Tess of the Storm Country (Edwin S. Porter, 1914) and Norma Shearer and Lon Chaney in He Who Gets Slapped (Victor Seastrom [Sjöström], 1924)  Capitol Theater, Port Hope, Ontario, Canada  Link