Brighton Rocks film festival returns for sixth edition

Brighton Rocks annual art house film festival is back this June with six days of filmic fun and 120 screenings across four city-centre venues. Set up by lecturer, academic and director James Rollins, the festival may only be six years old, but it’s got big ambitions: its goal is to give maximum support to emerging filmmakers and become the UK’s main forum for indie and underground cinema.

So what you can expect? The submitted films have been split into themed sessions, including feature showcases, documentary and drama, dramatic relationship, comedy, music, experimental film and music, thriller and horror, as well as a student film showcase.

One of the festival’s highlights is Brighton-based film and music video director Andrew ‘Wiz’ Whiston’s session (he trained under Polish master Kieslowski) on the art of creating a low or no-budget music video. There will also be a screening of two videos he directed: ‘Tomorrow’ by Clinic and ‘Brave Man’ by Will Young, followed by a Q&A.

Brighton rocks award winners

The festival culminates in an awards ceremony with a Q&A with actor and director Hugh Ross and music video producer and documentary maker Tim Pope. You can check out the full programme here.

Screenings will be held at city centre arts venue Fabrica, gothic chapel turned theatre Alphabet (formerly The Rialto), The Actors and Duke’s at Komedia.

Forget pub crawls, now’s the time for a cinema crawl!

Tuesday 20th – Sunday 25th June; various times and locations; from £5