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Big Picture Festival '23

took place from 25th to 28th May 2023 in and around Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Big Picture Festival '23

features short films from local filmmakers as well as international and independent feature films! This year's theme is 'One Planet - Many Stories' so expect adventures to free fairies, a battle for artistic freedom, a family road trip and rare animals in their wild habitats. The festival operates on a pay-what-you-can basis so there is no financial barrier to attend.

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Short Film Competition

The competition is now closed. Nominated films were available to watch on our website for ticketholders during the festival were screened on Saturday 27th May 6pm at the Holy Trinity Parish Centre. Thanks for all submissions.

Big Picture Festival Short Films
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Full Festival Programme

Download the Programme (PDF)

Thursday 25th May
Town Hall Stratford-upon-Avon (CV37 6EJ):
7:00pm: 'Mirrors' (30 min) (supported by Film Hub Midlands)
7:45pm: Q&A with Paul Daly, director of 'Mirrors'
8:15pm: 'Beijing Spring' (2021, 1h 40min)

St.Peter's Church Centre, Church Street Wellesbourne (CV35 9LS):
7:30pm: 'Brian and Charles' (2022, 1h 30min, PG)

Friday 26th May
Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon (CV37 6BG):
7:00pm: 'The Velvet Queen' (2021, 1h 32min, 12)

Snitterfield Village Hall (CV37 0JH)
7:30pm: 'Starter for 10' (2006, 1h 32min, 12)

Exhall Village Hall (B49 6EA):
7:30pm: 'Everything, Everywhere, All At Once' (2022, 2h 19min, 15)

Saturday 27th May
Attic Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon (CV37 6YY):
10:00am: 'Song of the Sea' (2014, 1h 33min, PG)

Holy Trinity Parish Centre (CV37 6BQ):
3:30pm: 'Hit the Road' (2021, 1h 33min, 12A)
curated by local refugees thanks to Welcome Here
6:00pm: Short Film Competition with Q&A of winning filmmakers
7:45pm: 'A Bunch of Amateurs' (2022, 1h 35min, 12A)

Sunday 28th May
Attic Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon (CV37 6YY):
10:00am: Escape Arts Showcase

The Bear Pit Theatre (CV37 6LU):
3:00pm: 'Aftersun' (2022, 1h 42min, 12A)

Crowne Plaza (CV37 6YR):
7:00pm: 'Rudy' with Q&A (2022, 1h 48min, 12A)

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Download the Full Programme (PDF)

Big Picture Festival 2023 Programme
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"top 3 most organised festivals: Raindance, yourselves and Southampton."

Marc Zammit, Actor and Filmmaker

"excellent programming choices"

Mike McCahill (2019) – film and TV critic for The Guardian and The Telegraph 

"This was my first encounter with the festival and I very much enjoyed the range and quality of shorts on offer."

Audience Review 2020

"Great selection of different films I wouldn't have known about otherwise!"

Audience Review 2021

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