Festivals – 2023






14 – 19 February  Slapstick Festival, Bristol   This is the 19th annual edition of what has grown to be the largest festival of slapstick comedy in Europe.  This year’s silent film highlights include;  that rare thing, a Soviet comedy, The Cigarette Girl Of Mosselprom [Dir: Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky, Soviet Union, 1924); the great Marlene Dietrich in a late German silent I Kiss Your Hand, Madam (Dir: Richard Land, Germany, 1929; a Buster Keaton double bill The Navigator (Dir, Donald Crisp & Buster Keaton, USA 1924) and Sherlock Jr ( Dir Buster Keaton, USA, 1924); and, Harry Langdon in  Tramp, Tramp, Tramp (Dir: Harry Edwards, USA, 1926).  Plus lots of high profile guests providing knowledgeable introductions to  the films and all  accompanied by live music from some of the world’s best silent film accompanists.   Various venues,  Bristol  Link



3 – 19 March – Borderlines Film Festival   Now in its twenty first year, the annual Borderlines Film Festival runs in the Shropshire, Hereford and Marches areas. Featuring just two silents this year, but both of the highest quality – Erich von Stroheim’s  Foolish Wives (1922) and late silent Au Bonheur des Dames (1930) directed by Julien Duvivier  Various venues. Link


22 – 26 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.   Its always a packed programme with films, presentations and discussion, all with live musical accompaniment of the highest caliber.  This year’s screenings include The Blue Bird (1928), Maurice Tourneur’s fantasy fairy-tale of two children’s quest for happiness,The Silent Enemy (1930) featuring an all-Native American cast, Rin Tin Tin in Where the North Begins (1923), The Man Who Laughs (1928); a thrilling, historical melodrama starring Conrad Veidt and  Shooting Stars (1928), doing Hollywood Babylon – UK style in this behind-the-scenes film-biz satire! Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’ness, Scotland Link



TBC  Kennington Bioscope Silent Comedy Weekend  No silent film festival programme would be complete without the KenBio’s awesome weekenders,  all featuring  knowledgeable introductions and live musical accompaniment Cinema Museum, London  Link



TBC  Cinema Rediscovered, Bristol The 7th 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.  No programme details as yet  Various cinemas across Bristol.   Link



TBC  British Silent Film Festival  Absent for too long, we heard a rumour that the festival may be back in 2023.  Can’t say more than that but working on the theory that if we list it then it will happen!     Phoenix Cinema, Leicester Link



TBC   London Film Festival   Hopefully this year with a stronger silent film element than 2022.    BFI Southbank, London  Link





12 – 15 January   Netherlands Silent Film Festival   Always with a strong emphasis on slapstick but this year also screening; the delightful Pola Negri in  Forbidden Paradise (Dir.  Ernst Lubitsch, USA 1924 ); a rarely screened Ozu, That Night’s Wife (Dir.  Yasujiro Ozu,  Jap, 1930); and a brand new restoration of intimate drama Just Around The Corner  (Dir.  Frances Marion, USA, 1921 ).  All with live musical accompaniment.      Pand P and Parktheater, Eindhoven    Link


18 – 22 January    Copenhagen Silent Film Festival  Now in its fourth year, this year’s festival features Danish auteur Benjamin Christensen with screenings as both director and star including Blind Justice (1916) and The Devil’s Circus (1926).  Other films include Douglas Fairbanks swashbuckling in Mark of Zorro (1920) and steamy Czech melodrama Erotikon (1929) as well as a whole day of silent comedy.   The films come with knowledgeable introductions from experts in the field and with live musical accompaniment from some of the best silent film musicians including Stephen Horne and Neil Brand.   Cinematheque,  Copenhagen Link



16 – 26 February  Berlin International Film Festival.  Programme to be confirmed.  Usually containing a strong element of silent film.  Berlin, Germany  Link


24 – 25 February    Kansas Silent Film Festival   As always, a packed programme, this year  including; The Covered Wagon  (Dir. James Cruze, US, 1923); an evening with Harold Lloyd, including Safety Last (1923); Marion Davis in Little Old New York (1923); and Cecil B. DeMille’s epic  The Ten Commandments (1923)   White Concert Hall, Washburn University and Jayhawk Theatre, Topeka, Kansas  Link



14 – 16 April  –  Toronto Silent Film Festival   Now in its 13th year.  No programme details as yet.    Revue Cinema, Toronto, Canada Link


TBC    Silent Film Days _ Tromso International Film Festival  Founded by Tromsø Kino in 1991, TIFF has grown to be a cultural flagship in Norway and an important meeting point for Norwegian and international film industry.  Silent Film Days is an arena for unique collaborations between professional musicians from around the world, with specially composed music performed live to silent film classics of all genres.  No programme details as yet.   Verdensteatret Cinematheque, Tromso, Norway Link



TBC  San Francisco Silent Film Festival   With the future of the historic Castro Theatre still in doubt, the status of this year’s festival is not clear.  Hopefully the festival, in its 26th year, will go ahead, either at the Castro or an alternative venue.    All films performed with live musical accompaniment from some of the world’s foremost silent film musicians.      Castro Theater, San Francisco, USA  Link



1 – 4 June  The Nitrate Picture Show The Nitrate Picture Show, the world’s festival of film conservation, returns for its seventh year. The festival features screenings of vintage nitrate prints from international archives—including the Eastman Museum’s own collection.  No programme details as yet.       Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York, USA Link


24 June – 2 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. No programme details as yet   Various locations Bologna, Italy  Link



24-25 July     Maine Silent Film Festival      The first running of this festival so we wish them every success.  Screenings include an evening of railroad disasters including The Juggernaut (1915) and a day of LGBTQ+ silents including Different from the Others  (Dir. Richard Oswald, Ger, 1919)  All films come with live musical accompaniment.    Alamo Theatre, Bucksport, Maine USA  Link



TBC    Primoji Banga (Early Film) Festival   This will be the eighth edition of the Pirmoji Banga Film Festival.  No details as yet.         Vilnius, Lithuania  Link




7 – 14 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 cinema.  No programme details as yet.     Cinema Verdi, Pordenone, Italy  Link


13 – 22 October     Live Score Film Festival   Running since 2019, all films come with live musical accompaniment. No programme details as yet.    Setubal, Portugal Link


20 – 22 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’s programme includes Broken Blossoms  (Dir. D W Griffiths, 1919) and The Phantom of the Opera   (Dir. Rupert Julian, 1925)    Capitol Theater, Port Hope, Ontario, Canada  Link



TBC  Mexico Silent Film Festival  Hopefully not a covid casualty but no details on this year’s festival.     Puebla, Mexico Link   (in Spanish, may no longer be active)



TBC    Istanbul Silent Cinema Days Festival.  No further details at present.    Istanbul, Turkey Link