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A Widescreen Weekend to Remember

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This year we celebrated our 20th edition of Widescreen Weekend, and it was one to remember! We welcomed new faces as well as old friends, with an added student day and our family screening of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. We were delighted to include some great new speakers to introduce our films, such as Corrina Antrobus from the The Bechdel Test Film Festival and Melanie Iredale from Sheffield Doc/Fest, alongside festival regulars Tony Sloman and Wolfram Hannemann.

This year we focused on new technologies with our VR demos, which popped up around the museum and transported people to new worlds, as well as celebrating past cinema technology with premieres of new digital restorations of Cinerama’s Russian Adventure and The Golden Head.

And Widescreen Weekend wouldn’t be complete without our amazing guests who came in the form of Bond girl Jenny Hanley and singer and actor Jess Conrad.

A huge thank you to all of our guests and speakers who helped inspire and entertain our audiences. And to our dedicated and passionate delegates, who travelled from around the world to be with us. We’re already looking forward to Widescreen Weekend 2017!

For those of you who missed us this year, here are a few snapshots of this year’s festival…

Widescreen Weekend opening night drinks reception, October 2016.

Opening night drinks reception

Widescreen Weekend opening night drinks reception, October 2016.

Opening night drinks reception

Sir Christopher Frayling introducing the Widescreen Weekend opening night screening of The Agony and The Ecstasy, October 2016.

Sir Christopher Frayling introduces our opening night screening of The Agony and The Ecstasy

Sir Christopher Frayling introducing the Widescreen Weekend opening night screening of The Agony and The Ecstasy, October 2016.

Sir Christopher Frayling introduces our opening night screening of The Agony and The Ecstasy

Sir Christopher Frayling introducing the Widescreen Weekend opening night screening of The Agony and The Ecstasy, October 2016.

Sir Christopher Frayling introduces our opening night screening of The Agony and The Ecstasy

Bond & Beyond: Screen Talk with Jenny Hanley, part of Widescreen weekend 2016.

Mary Dowson talks to Bond girl Jenny Hanley for our ‘Bond & Beyond’ Screen Talk before On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Bond & Beyond: Screen Talk with Jenny Hanley, part of Widescreen weekend 2016.

Mary Dowson talks to Bond girl Jenny Hanley for our ‘Bond & Beyond’ Screen Talk before On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Q&A session in Pictureville with Dave Strohmaier and Jess Conrad after a screening of The Golden Head. Widescreeen Weekend 2016, day 2.

Q&A session in Pictureville with Dave Strohmaier and Jess Conrad after our screening of The Golden Head

VR demonstration, part of Widescreen Weekend 2016

VR demos in action at the museum

VR demonstration, part of Widescreen Weekend 2016

VR demos in action at the museum

VR demonstration, part of Widescreen Weekend 2016

VR demos in action at the museum

VR Panel in Pictureville, Chair: Melanie Iredale Speakers: Jane Gauntlett, Jeremy Wooding, Will McMaster. Part of Widescreen Weekend 2016

Our VR panel in Pictureville. Chair: Melanie Iredale, speakers: Jane Gauntlett, Jeremy Wooding, Will McMaster.

Delegates on stage at Cineramacana after Widescreen Weekend 2016

And finally… it wouldn’t be Widescreen Weekend without a snap of our delegates on stage after Cineramacana!

All photographs by Paul Thompson.

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