Eastleigh Film Festival welcomed audiences to eleven different venues for seventeen brilliant films as movie-going magic was brought back to the Borough this autumn.
Beginning on Monday 26th September at The Point and concluding on Saturday 1st October at Southampton Airport, this year’s film festival was bigger than ever, with more films screened in an array of unique locations.
“Hats off to you tonight Eastleigh Film Festival... One of the most enjoyable movie going experiences I've ever had. Big well done to the whole team - unforgettable!” - Audience Feedback
From a pitch-black screening of the cult classic The Blair Witch Project at Itchen Valley Country Park to live singers before Little Shop of Horrors at The Flower Shop, there was something for everyone at this year’s event.
With an exclusive Q&A from indie director Neil Mcenery-West and a festival introduction from Film Critic Danny Leigh, to a climbing wall, pub quiz and actors in character – the week was filled with memorable moments.
Transforming your everyday cinema-going experience, Eastleigh Film Festival prides itself on putting the fun back into going to the cinema. So, with a whole assortment of mini movie-theatres created over just one very special week of cinematic entertainment, the Borough has been firmly placed on the movie map.
“The whole week has been incredible and although this is my first time attending the event, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I'll certainly be attending the event in future years.” – Audience Feedback
The festival also saw a boost in the night time economy of Eastleigh Town Centre, with several screenings taking place within locally-owned venues, and event organisers The Point actively working with local haunts to promote eateries and retail premises to audiences. Supported by Arts Council England, Eastleigh Borough Council and the Eastleigh Business Improvement District, Eastleigh Film Festival is a small-scale week-long event with a large – and ever growing – reputation. See you next year.