The first ever Prestwick Film Festival took place in March 2019 with the support of Regional Screen Scotland’s Local Film Festivals Challenge Funds.
With a range of different films in venues across Prestwick – the week was a great success and we really hope that this will become an annual event in Prestwick and, of course, that it’ll eventually be hosted in the Broadway cinema!
The festival opens with a mystery screening. We asked our supporters to tell us the film they most wanted us to screen, and the film will only be revealed on the night!
Doors open 6pm, film starts 6.30
Kubo and the Two Strings
From the acclaimed animation studio LAIKA (Coraline, The Boxtrolls) comes an epic original action adventure featuring the voice talents of Academy Award winners Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey. Kubo mesmerises the people in his village with his magical gift for spinning wild tales with origami. When he accidentally summons an evil spirit seeking vengeance, Kubo is forced to go on a quest to solve the mystery of his fallen samurai father and his mystical weaponry, as well as discover his own magical powers.
Doors open 1pm, film starts 1.30 (relaxed screening)
A winner of awards across the world including Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, 5 BAFTA Awards including Best Actor, Original Screenplay and Score, the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival and many more.
Guiseppe Tornatore’s loving homage to the cinema tells the story of Salvatore, a successful film director, returning home for the funeral of Alfredo, his old friend who was the projectionist at the local cinema throughout his childhood. Soon memories of his first love affair with the beautiful Elena and all the highs and lows that shaped his life come flooding back, as Salvatore reconnects with the community he left 30 years earlier.
Doors open 6.30pm, film starts 7.00.
This film is presented in association with Ayr Film Society
The Jungle Book
In an epic adventure directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Mowgli, a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known. Featuring Bill Murray, Ben Kinglsey and Scarlett Johansson in a spectacular all-star voice cast.
Doors open 11am, film starts 11.30.
The Greatest Showman (singalong version)
Hugh Jackman leads an all star cast in this bold and original musical filled with infectious showstopping performances that will bring you to your feet time and time again. Inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum (Jackman) and celebrating the birth of show business, the film follows the visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerising spectacle. This inspirational film also stars Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya.
Doors open 2.30pm, film starts 3.00.
This films is presented in association with Laird’s of Troon
Song of the Sea
Song of the Sea tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea.
Nominated for Best Animated Film at the 2015 Academy Awards, Song of the Sea is the much anticipated second feature from Tomm Moore (director of the Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells) and features the voice of Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter), Fionnula Flanagan (A Christmas Carol), David Rawle (TV’s Moone Boy) and singer Lisa Hannigan.
Doors open 10.30am, film starts 11.00.
From Scotland with Love
Made entirely of Scottish film archive, ‘From Scotland With Love’ is a 75-minute film by award winning director Virginia Heath with a transcendent score by Scottish musician and composer King Creosote. A journey into our collective past, the film explores universal themes of love, loss, resistance, migration, work and play. Ordinary people, some long since dead, their names and identities largely forgotten, appear shimmering from the depth of the vaults to take a starring role.
Doors open 2pm, film starts 2.30.
This film is presented in association with Dementia Friendly Prestwick
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Fasten your garter belt for the time-warping, gender-bending cult classic starring Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon and Meatloaf! Rocky Horror is still guaranteed to thrill you, chill you and fulfil you!
Give yourself over to absolute pleasure!
Doors open 7pm, film starts 7.30.
They Shall Not Grow Old
Marking the centenary of the First World War, the internationally renowned director Peter Jackson (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies) uses the voices of the veterans combined with original archival footage to bring to life the reality of war on the front line for a whole new generation. Footage has been colourised and transformed with modern production techniques to present never before seen detail.
Doors open 7pm, film starts 7.30.
Prestwick Film Festival is presented with support from Regional Screen Scotland’s Local Film Festivals Challenge Fund