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Widescreen Weekend 2021

In 2021, Widescreen Weekend celebrated its 25th anniversary with a fantastic programme of restorations and rediscoveries, special guests, community screenings and an exploration of all things sound in cinema.


Widescreen Weekend 2021 ran alongside the museum‘s Sound Season. The festival joined the museum in celebrating all things sound and exploring its importance in cinema.

Ennio Morricone

Our focus on Ennio Morricone, with screenings including The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Thing, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage and The Mission, commemorated one of the most prolific and skilled film composers of all time.

Women in Widescreen

Our Women in Widescreen strand returned to explore the work of women and non-binary creators on scores across a range of genres. Featured composers included Lisa Gerrard, Wendy Carlos, Mica Levi and Germaine Franco.

Restorations and Rediscoveries

Another festival favourite returned to Widescreen Weekend in the shape of our ‘R&R’ strand, offering a collection of films to help you rediscover the magic of the big screen. With a mixture of screen heritage, classic films and cult favourites on a range of formats, there was something for every film-lover.


To mark our 25th anniversary, we partnered with local community cinema venues to take the festival across the Bradford district. From bars to village halls, neighbourhood spaces joined in the widescreen celebrations, showing films as part of our festival programme. 

Festival programme

Celebrating 25 editions of Widescreen Weekend

2021 was a special time for Widescreen Weekend as we reached our 25th anniversary. To mark the occasion and celebrate, we wanted to remember and reflect on the festival and its history—so we asked you to send us your fond memories, personal stories, favourite moments and anniversary wishes.

We are so lucky to have loyal and passionate supporters who have been with us from the beginning, and we’re very grateful to everyone who took the time to contribute. Read the full story for personal reflections from some of the staff working behind the scenes, stories shared with us by our dedicated ‘Widescreeners’, and ways to explore the festival’s history.

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