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gy_logo_2017-04Golden Years Film Festival 2017

save the date – this year’s festival will run from 1 to 5 October 2017 and will celebrate age through film screenings, workshops and discussions. Our partners this year include the National Science and Media Museum and Age UK.

Have a look below to see what happened last year and please get in touch through our contact page if you would like to be involved.

Golden Years Film Festival 2016  – Celebrating life through film 

Yorkshire’s first three day film festival celebrating active ageing and life through film finished on 5th October 2016  after proving a hit with audiences of all ages.

We are now processing some of the great feedback we have received and would like to start planning next years festival as soon as possible, taking on board your comments and suggestions. We would like to thank everyone involved in the festival, especially our volunteers.

Click on the images below to see some of the photographs from the festival and some of the results of our lights, camera, action workshops where delegates used auto cue and green screen to record a short piece to camera. We calling them the Golden Ones! Enjoy…….


 GY_LOGO_CAM2This October sees the arrival of the Golden Years Film Festival, an exciting three-day event taking place in City Hall – a building with its own rich film heritage, as our first screening will show… With an aim to celebrate life through film, Golden Years Film Festival boasts a diverse programme of screenings, discussions and workshops that will entertain, inspire and get everyone talking film! Alongside screenings of classic and modern films, visitors will be invited to take a look into Bradford’s hundred-year film history, and glimpse into the city’s past through footage from Memory Bank Bradford. Festival-goers will have the chance to shoot, edit and share their own piece of film, with final results being shown on the Big Screen in City Park. And if all that leaves you in need of a quick tea break, the Film Café will be on hand with a tasty selection of drinks and snacks. Golden Years is a free event, so why not head over and take a look – you may be Bradford’s next star!



Monday 3 October 2016 


Film Heritage and Memory Bank

10:30am – 12:30pm

Banqueting Hall

"David Wilson is Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film.12.02.15"

Following a warm welcome an official opening of the festival by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Geoff Reid we start by taking a look at Bradford’s rich film heritage with a talk from the the Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film highlighting some of the key film & TV locations across Bradford over the past 100 years!

Retaining and improving memory will be on the agenda with a look at a groundbreaking film project called Memory Bank Bradford, which looks back at some great archive footage of Bradford from the Yorkshire Film Archive and will provide festival-goers with an opportunity to discuss and reminisce. This innovative programme, which stimulates memory through film, is run in partnership with Bradford UNESCO City of Film, Yorkshire Film Archive, Age UK and Champions Show the Way, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust.


Room at the Top (film screening) (Cert 12 – 112min)

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Banqueting Hall

Room at the topIn the afternoon, the first screening of the festival will commence with 1959’s Room at the Top. A true Bradford classic if ever there was one, this film (written by local librarian John Braine) was ground-breaking cinema of its time, heralding a ‘new wave’ of British realist filmmaking. An unexpected hit at the box office, the film scored six Oscar nominations (including two wins – one for Best Writing and one for Simone Signoret for Best Actress) and seven BAFTA nominations. Shot extensively in and around Bradford, locations include City Hall, The Midland Hotel, the Boy & Barrel pub and many other scenes from the City.

Tuesday 4 October 2016 


CINAGE Screening and Talk

10:30am – 12:30pm

Banqueting Hall

On Tuesday we welcome to Bradford an exciting project cinageproviding later life learning courses for older people to gain the skills to make their own short films. CINAGE is a European initiative, in collaboration with Leeds Beckett that uses cinema to promote active ageing.

In the morning, attendees will be given an introduction to the CINAGE project, before being treated to the premiere of the 2016 CINAGE short films. After this, the CINAGE participants involved in their creation will share their experiences writing, directing and producing these films.

 Filmmaking Workshop

1:30pm – 3:30pm

Banqueting Hall

mgoodallDr Mark Goodall from the University of Bradford will lead an interactive filmmaking workshop which promises to be fun and challenging at the same time. Mark is a specialist in film history, specifically cult and experimental films of the 1960s and 1970s. He is an expert in the genre of the Italian ‘mondo’ film, a form of sensationalist documentary, and is also co-director and co-producer of several film adaptation of short stories by supernatural horror writer Arthur Machen.





1:30 – 3:30

Ernest Saville Room

Tuesday afternoon also hosts a screening of Quartet, a British comedy-drama starring Maggie Smith and Tom Courtenay and directed by Academy Award-winning actor Dustin quartet-film-castHoffman.

A retirement home for musicians is gearing up for their annual concert celebrating opera composer Giuseppe Verdi, but this year singers are in short supply – a troubling dilemma for director Cedric, as the money raised from the gala keeps the home’s financial troubles at bay. As if that wasn’t bad enough, his restful retirement is thrown even further off-course by the unexpected arrival of his ex-wife Jean. Will Cedric and Jean make peace with each other? Will the concert be a success? The future of their home hangs in the balance.

Wednesday 5 October 2016  

10:30am – 12:30pm

Banqueting Hall

Land of a Thousand Colours

The final day of Golden Years begins with a varied selection of engrossing short films. Land
of a Thousand Colours
 is a short UNESCO film focusing on the cultural diversity of Pakistan, and the important role culture plays in both the lives of local people and efforts to alleviate poverty in the region. Award-winning filmmaker Samar Minallah Khan, known for using film as a means for creating social change in her native Pakistan, here creates a compelling argument for prioritising the inclusion of cultural heritage in development efforts.


Legacy Film SeriesThe morning will then continue with thoughtful films about ageing from the Legacy Film Series, a US-based organisation that aims to showcase the richness and diversity of later life experience. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Legacy Film Festival, San Francisco for the first time. These films are moving, funny and emotional and brilliantly made. We will also facilitate a discussion

Slomo (16 min) 

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Depressed and frustrated with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandons his career as a neurologist and undergoes a radical transformation into SLOMO, trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades and his IRA for a taste of divinity. Directed by Joshua Izenberg.

Packing for Two (13 min.)

A fictional film that addresses the situation of what it means to be alone after constant companionship and fifty-odd years of marriage. It is also about the decision to choose life instead of martyrdom, to strive for enjoyment rather than just survival.

Beautifully Esther (23 min.)

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Esther and Joszi live a quiet, sheltered life. Their stagnant daily routine comes to an end when Esther learns her husband was hiding a secret. Despite Joszi’s refusal to change, Esther must decide how she wants to spend the rest of her days. A charming fictional story.


Older Than Ireland (film screening) (Cert 12 – 81min)

1:30pm – 3:30pm

Do not miss this film

Banqueting Hall

For the final film of the festival, we will be screening Older Than Ireland, which will be followed by a discussion led by Mary Dowson of BCB radio. This life-affirming documentary explores the past hundred years through the eyes of thirty Irish centenarians, each of them born before Ireland gained independence from Britain in 1922. This diverse range of characters recount their experiences of living through an age of huge social, political, and technological change, sharing memories of their first pair of shoes and the loss of loved ones, all with an honesty that is both moving and hilariously entertaining.



Monday 3rd – Wednesday 5th October 2016


Lights, Camera, Action!

10:30am – 3:30pm

Ernest Saville Room

Throughout the festival we’ll be inviting audiences to take part in our intergenerational 9710274591_b77892fab9_bworkshop, ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ where would-be presenters can try their hand at reading the weather or a news bulletin from an auto-cue. Working together with students from Bradford University, participants can learn the basics of editing and how to upload a film to the internet, and impress friends and family when their broadcasts go out on the Big Screen in City Park!



Film Café

10:00am – 2:00pm

Reception Rooms

20160825_124736Our temporary Film Café will be open in City Hall throughout the festival, so why not pop over to grab a cup of tea and a snack between activities? A selection of hot and cold drinks and sandwiches will be available to purchase in our specially-themed cafe.