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Widescreen Weekend is a unique film festival that takes place each October in the exceptional cinema spaces of the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, UK.
Since its inception in 1993, Widescreen Weekend celebrates large- screen formats and milestones in cinema technology. A long weekend of big, bold cinema experiences, the festival features glorious 70mm screenings, cult classic movies, new Cinerama restorations and great guests reminding our audiences why going to the movies is so magical. Priding ourselves on fantastic projection facilities, our Pictureville cinema is one of only three places in the world that can show 3-strip Cinerama.
The Widescreen Short Film of the Year Competition
The Widescreen Short Film of the Year Competition is one of the premiere international events for showcasing short form widescreen filmmaking. Until 2019 the competition ran as the ‘Student Widescreen Film of the Year’. However, to reflect previous finalists outstanding quality, this year’s edition will no longer regard the distinction between ‘student’ and ‘professional’ film. The competition is therefore open to all and will subsequently be judged equally.
This is a unique competition which strives to celebrate widescreen film and technologies within all genres, and our previous entrants include the 2017 BAFTA winner in the British Short Animation category, ‘A Love Story.’
What makes a film widescreen?
A film is generally considered widescreen if it exceeds the traditional 35mm film aspect ratio of 1.37:1, known as the ‘Academy ratio’. However, Widescreen Weekend seeks to celebrate and promote the more aesthetic ambitions of the really wide formats developed during the 1950s and 1960s.
The higher that first number on the aspect ratio, the more we are going to love it! And you usually won’t see a film in this year’s festival narrower than 2.2:1.
The 24th Widescreen Weekend will take place from 8 - 11 October 2020 at the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, UK. Widescreen Short Film of the Year Competition will screen on Thursday 8 October.