In 1990, Bath Film Society screened a handful of French films. They were so successful that the society was left with £50 profit. Buoyed by this, Chris Baker approached local businessman and film buff, Philip Raby, along with the three cinemas in Bath at the time, to propose a film festival.

Since then, locations have changed and been added to, eminent industry names have given us their patronage and film distributors have recognised that Bath Film Festival is a great outlet for previews of their upcoming gems.

We use two main criteria to programme the festival:

1. Is it a great film?

2. Has it been screened in Bath already?

Of course, Bath Film Festival is more than a great programme of films, we also founded the F-Rating to promote women in film, we run the FilmScore Competition to help find and nurture young composers, we promote emerging talent and host industry workshops, run an awards scheme (in association with IMDb) and take Community Cinema into rural areas, care homes and schools.

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