Mike Reiss, writer of The Simpsons since it began, said: “You run the very best festival we’ve ever been to – and we’ve been to a lot, this is as good as it gets! It’s a very casual setting but there’s nothing casual about how it’s put together and how high the quality of the films are. There’s food and drink everywhere, they filled the house, it’s been fun every night – really top notch.”
CPIFF receives films from all over the globe and screens only the very best of them with fabulous food and drink in funky venues, including Everyman’s plush, flagship cinema Crystal Palace – (pictured below on Launch Night 2019), the Picturehouse West Norwood and the architectural magnificence of Stanley Halls and Anerley Town Hall. The film quality is remarkable and each night is a social event to remember; a one time opportunity to catch most of these incredible films. Lots of filmmakers fly in from around the world for Q&As; many, who attend lots of film festivals, comment on the stand out nature and higher quality of CPIFF. We vigilantly curate our films so a night of short films, for example, offers one after another of pure quality, an eclectic mix of genres combined with amazing food and drink – that’s why a lot of our nights sell out. Launch Night 2019 sold out within 24 hours a month in advance!
Music legend, Paul Weller said: “It’s inspiring, I’ve loved it and we need it, the whole independent movement is very important, a wonderful thing.” See the videos above & below for more comments.
Katie Young, film critic at filmdebate.co.uk. “I go to a lot of film festivals and CPIFF definitely feels unique and has its own vibe. There’s a huge turn out, the venue is incredible (gothic church for horror sci-fi night), you’ve got the bar, the lovely food, the smells in here are amazing, everyone’s having a good time – you don’t get this anywhere else, it’s brilliant!”
James Webber, renowned UK Director: “It’s fantastic, a really great festival. I’ve had 4 films screened here now and as always, it’s a full house, sold out audiences. There’s nothing worse than seeing only filmmakers and then just empty seats; it’s not like that here and that’s why it’s worth submitting to and attending.”
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