From 6th-16th September, the cinema will celebrate LGBTQ+ cinema from around the world with an eclectic mix of outstanding features, short films and documentaries, some of which will be shown for free, some followed by Q&As and others presented with local community groups. In the spirit of the festival, there is something for everyone!

The festival will open with a special screening of Pedro Almodóvar’s latest offering Pain and Glory (“his best and most personal film in years” Indiewire), accompanied by drinks and canapés beforehand.

Director Ol Parker (Mama Mia, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) will visit the cinema for a Q&A following a screening of his debut feature Imagine Me & You and actor Chris New will also visit to talk about his experiences when filming Weekend, from the makers of 45 Years.

Other festival highlights include the Kenyan Oscar submission Rafiki, the 2017 Best Picture Oscar-winner Moonlight and two classics, the ground-breaking Victim from 1961, with Dirk Bogarde giving the performance of his career, and Sally Potter’s landmark adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel, Orlando, shown in magnificent 35mm – a rare and very special occurrence.

Rebecca del Tufo, Saffron’s Programming Manager, said: “The festival aims to enable audiences from Saffron Walden and the wider area to engage with portrayals of historically underrepresented and marginalised communities from the UK and further afield, celebrate our wonderful diversity and provide a safe, positive space for local members of the LGBTQ+ community.”

To celebrate the best of the festival, Saffron Screen will open an additional screen within SWCHS: the Studio Screen, which has 70 raked seats. Free screenings of important documentaries Are You Proud? and Out will be hosted in this second screen.

There’s also beautiful documentary, A Deal With The Universe, about a trans man and his partner and their attempt to have a baby, and coming-of-age movie Love, Simon will be presented by SWCHS LGBTQ+ Allies Group, while glorious comedy But I’m A Cheerleader will be shown in conjunction with Saffron Screen Young Programmers who will also be leading a pom-pom making workshop before the film.

There will also be a screening of family favourite The Wizard of Oz with rainbow face-painting and craft activities for all and food supplied by the Waffle & Co food truck (who will be on site until 5pm on the 7th)!

There’s also another chance to enjoy the award-winning five-star hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, about a teenager who doesn’t fit in and overcomes prejudice to be himself.

As part of Saffron Screen’s commitment to inclusivity ticket prices will be lower for all festival films. Ticket are just £7 for over 30s and £5 for 30s and under and weekend passes are also available as an economical way to see lots of films across a weekend; these are just £21 for over 30s and £15 for 30s and under (available for each weekend).

The Saffron Screen Rainbow Film Festival is made possible by the generous financial support of several local businesses, the BFI’s Film Audience Network and Uttlesford District Council but the cinema is calling on local shops and businesses to support the festival in other ways.

Marketing Manager, Hana Mallett said:
We are asking local shops, businesses and customers to support the festival by dressing their windows, buildings or selves in all the colours of the rainbow and tag @saffronscreen #SWRainbowFF so we can share their efforts. We’d like to encourage everyone to wear their brightest colours or hang out a rainbow flag to celebrate the festival and share the love!”.

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