Chester International Film Festival is presented by Chester Film Society.

Chester Film Society has been providing the people of Chester and surrounding areas the chance to see some of the finer films of world cinema in a relaxing and appreciative atmosphere since 1970.

Chester Film Society is a member of Cinema For All (formerly the British Federation of Film Societies), which has been representing the film society movement since 1925.

Our success is due to the loyalty and enthusiasm of our members. We are always pleased to see our friends returning as members, and we are delighted to welcome new members of all ages, to the society, with its diverse mix of film and film-related social events. Previous events include welcoming and pre-Christmas drinks, guest speakers, themed fun-nights and unexpected short films in addition to the regular programme!

Our programme provides a selection of new releases and classics, with varying themes and genres, many of which have bypassed the North West of England, but always chosen to interest, intrigue and entertain.

We show in a variety of locations within Chester, previous venues have included Chester Cathedral, Steam Mill, The Festival Church, The Little Theatre, Grosvenor Museum, and St Mary’s Creative Space.

Film projection is by DVD/Blu-ray projection format, using original dialogue with subtitles for the foreign films.

If you are interested in Chester Film Society and want to find out more, please visit our website

We are delighted this year to be working with The Institute for Social Responsibility at Edge Hill University.  The diverse programme of films tackle a wide range of issues that resonate strongly with the ethos and goals of the institute; specifically, democracy and injustice (Rojo), women’s and LGBT rights (Permission and And then We Danced), political freedom (Balloon), the impact of corruption and warfare (Monos and The Whistlers) and the challenges of family life (The Farewell). We really hope that you enjoy this thought provoking programme.

The Institute for Social Responsibility (ISR) is Edge Hill University’s cross-disciplinary research and knowledge exchange initiative. Established in 2013, as the Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice, its remit has grown to critically examine broad conceptualisations of social responsibility across the social sciences, arts and humanities. The Institute is committed to exploring the opportunities for cross sector collaboration and co-operation and to draw on the experience of practitioners as well as academic researchers to inform new ways of working and learning.