Widescreen Weekend takes place at the Museum from 12–15 October 2017, welcoming visitors from around the world to join UK and Yorkshire film lovers in a celebration of large format film technology and the Museum’s unique cinema facilities. It features a screening of the world’s only known remaining Cinerama print of the all-singing, all-dancing The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962. Dirs. George Pal & Henry Levin, USA) in the Museum’s Pictureville cinema—the only public venue outside the USA capable of showing original three-strip Cinerama films.
Widescreen Weekend also welcomes the acclaimed British film historian, documentary-maker, filmmaker, and author Kevin Brownlow, who will be taking the audience through his incredible 50-year journey to restore Abel Gance’s five-and-a-half hour silent masterpiece Napoléon (1927, France), as well as screening the film’s legendary final act.
The Yorkshire Games Festival, also organised and hosted by the National Science and Media Museum, takes place from 8–12 November 2017. Attended by 7,600 people in its first edition in 2016, the Festival, in partnership with the games business network Game Republic, again aims to give students and aspiring professionals an unrivalled insight from some of the industry’s highest profile names, as well as highlighting the nation’s and region’s significant contributions to game development and design.
Programme announcements will follow for each festival in June, as well as booking information for Widescreen Weekend delegate passes.
Kathryn Penny, Festivals Director at the National Science and Media Museum, said:
“Once again Widescreen Weekend will be bringing films to Bradford that cinema lovers will not be able to see anywhere else in the UK or even Europe, along with special guests and talks. Whether you’re interested in the past, present and future of film technology, or simply enjoy epic movies in epic formats, it’s a must-see event.
“We’re also delighted to be following on from a hugely successful first Yorkshire Games Festival with another five days of indispensable insight into creating videogames, directly from the people who make some of the biggest titles. The event offers unmatched access to this ever-growing industry which we think deserves a lot more attention in our region and across the UK.”
Widescreen Weekend, taking place in Bradford, the world’s first UNESCO City of Film, will also be returning with the “Student Widescreen Film of the Year” competition in partnership with the International Moving Image Society (IMIS). Details for entering the competition can be found at www.filmfreeway.com and the closing date for entries is 4 August 2017.
Both festivals will also include weekend family events to bring cinema and gaming technology to a wider audience.
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The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire, opened in 1983, and has since become one of the most visited UK museums outside London. The Museum explores the science and culture of image and sound technologies, creating special exhibitions, interactive galleries and activities for families and adults, including the recently opened Wonderlab gallery. It is home to three cinemas, including Europe’s first IMAX cinema screen and the world’s only public Cinerama screen outside the USA. Entry to the Museum is free.
Based at the world famous Pinewood Film Studios, The International Moving Image Society—and its predecessor, BKSTS—is a long established and respected professional body. It has an international professional membership employed in the craft, technical, operational and management grades of the moving image production industries. Its Accreditation scheme and work with film and media production university departments, and students, spans decades. Website
Bradford, City of Film: Bradford is the world's first UNESCO City of Film. This permanent title bestows international recognition on Bradford as a world centre for film because of the city’s rich film heritage, its inspirational movie locations and its many celebrations of the moving image through the city’s annual film festivals and film related events. Website
The Midland Hotel: Festival attendees receive a discounted rate at the Festival hotel, The Midland Hotel. Situated in the heart of Bradford and only 100m from Bradford Forster Square Station, The Midland Hotel is one of the city’s finest Victorian buildings and includes magnificent public areas, spacious bedrooms and 24 hour room service. Website