Bristol Film Festival 2017

  • Written By: Ben Mitchell
  • Published: Fri, 03 Mar 2017 10:57 GMT

Smith & Williamson has announced that it is to sponsor the highly-acclaimed Bristol Film Festival which features a year-long programme of screenings, talks and workshops.

Bristol Film Festival

Smith & Williamson, which employs around 200 people in central Bristol, will also be supporting several high profile events on the festival’s calendar. The first is taking place in the evocative surroundings of Bristol Cathedral on Saturday, 11 March, when an audience will be treated to a live organ recital to accompany the screening of the silent romantic tragedy, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Mike Lea, managing partner of Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office, which has a dedicated media sector team, said: “We are very pleased to sponsor this year’s film festival which provides Bristol’s hugely talented film industry with an opportunity to showcase their own productions, alongside some of the nation’s favourite films – all under the umbrella theme of ‘Tension’.”

Mike continued: “In addition to our wider festival sponsorship, we are delighted to support a number of special events, including the classic Hunchback of Notre Dame in the haunting atmosphere of Bristol Cathedral, and another which is still under wraps. However, I’ve been reliably informed that it will involve Aston Martins and a certain well known spy who likes his drink shaken not stirred. We look forward to welcoming our clients and guests to this event, and others, later in the year.”

Owen Franklin, director of Bristol Film Festival, said: “We are grateful to Smith & Williamson for their support which enables us to continue to bring such a full and diverse range of films and associated activities to this great city. March will launch our programme, but the schedule continues throughout 2017, and the expanding range of films, formats and venues is very exciting for us. We’ve got some great screenings, from blockbuster classics to upcoming local talent, and I hope that our audiences will share in our enthusiasm and support as many events as possible during the year ahead.”

Bristol Film Festival’s main programme begins on Thursday, 9 March, with films being screened at interesting and unusual venues, including Arnos Vale Cemetery, SS Great Britain and Redcliffe Caves.

The festival will be collaborating with Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival, which Smith & Williamson is also sponsoring, on Thursday, 16 March at the Colston Hall where the audience will be treated to a unique screening of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.

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Smith & Williamson is a leading financial and professional services firm providing a comprehensive range of investment management, tax, financial advisory and accountancy services to private clients and their business interests. The firm’s c1,800 people operate from a network of 11 offices: London, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin (City and Sandyford), Glasgow, Guildford, Jersey, Salisbury and Southampton. Smith & Williamson is part of The Tilney Smith & Williamson Group.

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