Love is in the air at film festival

Just Regional
Feb 15, 2024 3 mins read

The fourth February Film Festival is going to be one for all the romantics in Holt.

It’s Love, Actually runs over the weekend of Friday, February 16, to Sunday, February 18, with films, conversations and a lot of love and romance in the air.

The event, organised by The Holt Bookshop and Holt Community Centre, starts with Love Is All, at 6pm on the Friday. This is a film exploring love and courtship in all its shapes and sizes on the silver screen, using a selection of footage from British archives, including the BFI National Archive and the Yorkshire Film Archive.

It will be shown in the lounge bar throughout the weekend.

At 7pm, DJ Taylor (critic, novelist and biographer) and Rachel Hore (author) will be in conversation, followed by book signing and an introduction to their favourite film about love – Nineteen Eighty Four – at

The Saturday starts early with a free children’s showing of Lady and the Tramp at 10am along with a pyjama party and a Best Dressed Teddy competition.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

At 1pm, a short rom-com, Love At First Sight, will be shown, followed by While You Were Sleeping.

At 3pm, you can watch Four Weddings and A Funeral. which was chosen by The Reverend Canon Howard Stoker, rector of St Andrew’s.

At 6.30pm, author Sarah Mitchell will be in conversation before a book signing and a showing of her chosen film, Cinema Paradiso, at 7.30pm.

Sunday morning sees a showing of The English Patient at 10am and then, at 2pm, authors Jenni Keer and Clare Hollingworth take the floor for a chat and a book signing before their film is shown at 3pm. They have chosen A Room With A View.

The classic Brief Encounter (pictured) will be shown at 6pm.

t As well as the film festival there will be a community photographic exhibition, which is asking for local people to send in their Expressions of Love.

Submit photos of what you love or what love means to you for the display, which will be in a black and white film strip around the main hall of The Venue during the film festival.

Two free tickets to a film of your choice will be awarded to the entry that, in the view of the judges, best expresses Love, Actually.

They can be people, places, pets – whatever says “love” to you.

Photos need to be JPEGs and at least 300dpi and need to be submitted by the end of Sunday, February 4, by email to The Holt Bookshop – please include your name and contact details.

Tickets are on sale now at The Holt Bookshop or by emailing sales@holtbookshop.co.uk or calling 01263 715858. Individual tickets are £5 and there is an Early Bird Offer weekend ticket costing £20 for all seven films, which can be bought until the end of January. Refreshments will be available throughout the weekend, and all profits from the festival go to the Holt Community Centre charity and The Community Café.

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