Hebden Bridge Film Festival 2021 Line Up Announced

For all our listeners who consider themselves to be something of a culture vulture, this post is for you... The very successful Hebden Bridge film festival line-up has been announced for 2021 and this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, the festival is completely online. The dates are set as 19th -21st March and you'll be able to enjoy a program of world cinema, UK & US independent film and shorts and loads of added extras like Q&A's and panel discussions with the directors, all from the comfort of your own home! I'm not sure about you, but this author feels like right now is the perfect time to enjoy a diverse range of films including things you haven't yet seen (I'm pretty sure we've actually completed Netflix in our household...) I'm really excited to see some of the UK premieres lined up, including these two:

Harami (UK premiere)

  • A modern Oliver Twist set in bustling Mumbai, Harami tells the story of a teenage pickpocket who develops a conscience after one of his targets commits suicide.
  • Presented in partnership with Bradford Literary Festival.
  • Official Selection New Currents Competition, BUSAN International film festival
  • Director Shyam Madiraju will be in conversation with Syima Aslam Director of Bradford Literature Festival (BLF) who said "Hirami is a fantastic story and a wonderful love letter to the city of Mumbai. BLF are delighted to be partnering with Hebden Bridge Film Festival on this exciting event, continuing our mission of sharing unexpected stories that encourage important intercultural dialogue."

Beloved (UK premiere)

  • The film follows Firouzeh, an 82-year-old cow herder high in the Alborz Mountains of Iran.
  • Winner of six international awards.
  • A co-presentation with The Middle East Institute, SOAS.
  • Director Yaser Talabi will be in conversation with Narguess Fazard Chair, Centre for Iranian Studies.

Other films showing during the festival's period include:

Veni Etiam (I Shall Come Again) - (World premiere)

  • Directed by Alex Hai.
  • This intriguing short reveals a secret side to Venice from the perspective of one of the most famous Gondoliers in the city.

Lunana: a yak in the classroom

  • A reluctant young teacher is sent to the most remote school in Bhutan where despite a lack of even the most basic facilities, he learns to love the children in his school.
  • Multiple award winner including Best Narrative Feature Palm Springs International Film Festival.


  • A missing woman returns home, igniting an intense bond with her sister. United they unearth their mother’s past but the truth has devastating consequences.
  • Award winner and Sundance Nominee, director Cathy Brady’s powerful drama explores the impact of the trouble’s on one family.
  • The film stars, Danika McGuigan, who died in July 2019 after a short illness. The daughter of Boxing champion Barry McGuigan. Cathy Brady states: ‘"Hopefully it will have a legacy now and a legacy especially for Nika." 

Children of the Sea

  • One summer vacation, teenage Ruka meets two boys, "Umi" and "Sora", whose upbringing contains strange and wonderful secrets.
  • Mainichi Film Awards 2020 - Best Animation Film

The Man Who Could Fly

  • Eighty-something farmer Bobby Coote has always wanted to fly. He's determined to make his dream come true. Even if it's the last thing he does.
  • Audience Award IFI Documentary Festival.

If any of that takes your fancy, please visit the film festival's website where you can purchase tickets. 

A Film Lover pass provides access to all films and related events over the weekend. Individual passes are also available.

For more information visit: www.hebdenbridgefilmfestival.org

The festival wants us to join watching parties and discussions about the films so we can create a great local dialogue about the films on offer. Calder Valley Radio will definitely see you there - just don't forget your popcorn!

By Louise Ann Oldroyd

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