“I saw in the film what reading the paper cannot communicate. It feels much more personal.”

—Festival audience member—

The Bristol Palestine Film Festival has been running since 2011. It takes place every December and showcases an exciting mix of Palestinian films, including documentaries, features and shorts, as well as music and arts events across a range of venues.

So how did a festival about a country nearly 3,000 miles away come about?

It all started with a football game.

In 2007, a football team from Bristol visited the West Bank and played the beautiful game with Palestinians living there. They shared many things, including stories, laughter and common understanding. They came to realise that the impression they arrived with was very different to the experience of actually being there and meeting the people living in Palestine.

On their return to Bristol, one of the players, David Owen was inspired to create a platform that would bring real stories from Palestine to the West of England: the Bristol Palestine Film Festival was born.

The festival is run on a shoestring budget by a small group of committed volunteers from a range of backgrounds but with a shared desire to bring the stories of Palestine to more people.

David Owen

David Owen opening the first festival in 2011.

Where do you come in?

The success of the festival relies on the support of individuals. We are asking for donations that will enable us to run the festival and ensure that the achievements of past years continue.

All donations, whether large or small, are gratefully received.  You can either click on the PayPal button below, or contact us direct if you would like to target your gift to a particular area of the festival’s activity.

Thank you,

The Bristol Palestine Film Festival team