Welcome to the 2020 Cheltenham Online International Film Festival. The films in our digital lineup are available to watch to viewers across the United Kingdom from 8th June. We also hope you will join us for the live Q&A events with filmmakers and practitioners after many of the films.

How does the ticketing work?

The Festival is offering our 2020 lineup through this secure online platform; most films are available for 7 days following their release date published on the homepage, and all films are subject to a 48-hour watch period which commences when you start to watch. You can pause your watching then pick up again later anytime within this period. You can buy advance tickets now for individual films at £5.99 each (exception: White Riot at £9.99).

Similar to the way our in-person film festival would work, we do expect that films will sell-out. There are a limited number of tickets available for each film. If you would like to enjoy a wide range of our films, we suggest that you purchase your tickets as soon as possible. Once a film sells out, it will no longer be possible for viewers to watch the title on our platform.

How can I buy a ticket and view a film festival title?

Find the film for which you wish to buy a ticket on our homepage, where our programme is listed chronologically. Hover over the image from your chosen film, and click - you will be taken to the film’s dedicated page. Select the yellow ‘Watch’ button. Follow steps to check out using our secure payment platform, Stripe. Once a ticket for the film has been purchased it will sit in your ‘Library’. When the film goes live to the public (at its published launch date / time) it will become available to view.

To review the films for which you have bought tickets, you can go to your ‘Library’ in the drop-down menu under your signed-in name, top left of the screen. Select the title that you wish to view and press PLAY. *Please note: the way this festival works is a bit like an on-demand “rental” service. Once you begin playback on any title you must complete viewing it within 48 hours. After this time, the film will no longer be available for you to view, as the festival uses a “film on demand / rental” model. If you wish to view the film after these 48 hours, you will need to pay to watch it again.

How can I take part in a Q&A?

We hope that you will join us for many of the exciting Q&As taking place following selected films in this year’s programme. Q+As will start shortly after the end of the published launch screening of the film. This year, the Cheltenham Online International Film Festival staff, filmmakers + researchers will be bringing dynamic conversations to you - live from their homes. Films followed by a Q+A are indicated on the homepage - browse this page to see the full lineup of Q&A times / dates and the links to join. This information will also be listed on each film’s individual page. Please note: Q&As are free to join, but you must have bought a ticket to view the film beforehand.

How can I watch these films on a TV?

By using Chromecast (which may come built-in with some Smart TVs); you can cast from the browser on your device (from Chrome on Android, or Safari on iOS), or …

By using AirPlay to connect to an Apple TV, or …

By connecting your computer to your TV using an HDMI cable.