RAI Film Festival running in Bristol and online in March 2023

RAI Film Festival dates 2023
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The RAI (Royal Anthropological Institute) Film Festival is showcasing documentary films online and in Bristol all of this month. 

This March, the RAI Film Festival is running both online and in-person in Bristol. The festival showcases documentaries from around the world and about various subjects.

Films are available to view online until 31st March, and there’s a lot to choose from, with five competitive categories and six themed strands. These strands include Disability Futures, which focuses on the experiences of disabled and neurodiverse individuals, and Arandu – Listen To The Weather, a strand celebrating Indigenous filmmaking from Brazil.

There are also collections of music documentaries as well as shorts, animated documentary films, and movies made by students.

In addition to the online programme, the festival is also running in-person in Bristol from 22nd-25th March at Watershed and Arnolfini. This includes film screenings, workshops and talks. You can find the schedule here.

If you’re London-based, there’s a Q+A screening of four of the short-to-medium length films that are part of the Arandu – Listen To The Weather strand. This is taking place on the evening of Sunday 19th March at ICA London, and festival curators Takumã Kuikuro and Christian Fischgold will be there to answer questions.

The films in competition at the festival include Ernesto, Gracias, How To Save A Dead Friend and La Nave. 

It’s worth mentioning that you don’t necessarily have to pay for a full festival pass (though there is a concession price pass for students, retirees and claimants of Universal Credit and Jobseekers’ Allowance). You can just as easily pay to watch one or two films that you’re interested in – which is particularly useful during these tough financial times.

Head to the RAI Film Festival website to see the full programme.

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