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Spirit of Independence: Indie film festival returns

This autumn, treat yourself to an extra large popcorn and get settled in at the Showroom for two glorious days of the best indie films.


Returning for its fourth annual outing, the Spirit of Independence Film Festival has hooked up with the Showroom Cinema to bring you a unique selection of micro-budget indie films on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October.

The festival gives independent filmmakers from all over the world the opportunity to have their films shown on the big screen and the programme is nicely rounded out with a selection of fringe events, including a showcase of films made in and around South Yorkshire, and industry-based talks led by key figures in the indie movie-making community.

Kicking off on Friday night, the festival gets started with the European premiere of Bernard Rose’s (Candyman, Paperhouse) new film Traveling Light, and a Q&A with Bernard himself focusing on his career and shooting the new film.

On Saturday, enjoy a full day of top-notch independent film-making, with feature length films and shorts from seven different countries on offer including the UK premiere of Spanish horror, The Winter Hunger. From the US, film fans will be able to see contemporary thriller Northern Shade, and from Mexico the hauntingly beautiful, In Times of Rain.

Meanwhile, the UK is represented by the indie relationship drama Kate & Jake, and the headline short film is a stunning animation called Absolute Denial, made right here in our good city.

by Felicity Jackson (she/her)

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