We achieved BIFA qualifying status. With Covid rules still in place, this year’s Festival was a hybrid event, and the opening night screening of Limbo, along with a Q&A with director Ben Sharrock, was shown in collaboration with Mubi and the Film and TV Charity. The Festival programme included interviews with Will Poulter, Isobel Waller-Bridge, Bastille’s Dan Smith, and Artistic Director of The Whickers, Jane Ray. This year saw the introduction of the Pitching Masterclass, as well as Earthrise founder Jack Harries’ interview with Waterbear CEO Sam Sutaria about responsible filmmaking. We also collaborated with the Iraqi Film Institute, David Lynch presented transcendental meditation, and Closing Night at Riverside Studios featured 2020 Feature Fiction winner Granada Nights. Year-round events included ‘A Love Letter to the Big Screen’ with guests Edgar Wright and Tom Holland.