Organisers 'thrilled' as Hollywood director is set to appear at Harrogate Film Festival

A legendary Hollywood director is taking top billing at the fifth Harrogate Film Festival with an exclusive appearance.
Film director Oliver Stone who features in a top billed event at this year's Harrogate Film Festival.Film director Oliver Stone who features in a top billed event at this year's Harrogate Film Festival.
Film director Oliver Stone who features in a top billed event at this year's Harrogate Film Festival.

When Harrogate Film Festival returns for a fifth year, with events taking place between April and September, it will feature a 30th anniversary screening of the Oliver Stone directed film JFK followed by an exclusive Q&A with the Academy Award-winning Hollywood director behind hits like Scarface, Wall Street, Born on the Fourth of July and JFK.

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Festival Director, Adam Chandler, says “We are beyond thrilled to be welcoming Oliver Stone to the Harrogate Film Festival. JFK is an amazing piece of cinema that set a high bar for the political thrillers that followed it.”

An epic political thriller, JFK is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and looks closely at the events surrounding the assassination of the United States President John F. Kennedy and the alleged cover-up through the eyes of former New Orleans district attorney, Jim Garrison. Starring Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Oldman, JFK received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor.

The 2021 festival has been meticulously planned to ensure events can still take place within COVID-19 restrictions.

Instead of its usual 10-day run, this year’s event will essentially be a series of “mini festivals” between April and September, which organisers hope will enable some of the later events to run face-to-face.

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The 2021 programme has been curated to include a range of events offering something for people of all ages, from aspiring filmmakers to dedicated cinephiles.

April 23rd – 27th will see the return of the popular Independent Filmmakers competition, which will run online, alongside a virtual JFK screening and Oliver Stone interview, workshops, virtual experience events and the annual industry day.

With in-person events expected to be allowed from May, the organisers plan to re-run the JFK anniversary event and Independent Filmmakers screenings in cinemas in May.

Restrictions permitting, the hope is that June’s programme of immersive and experience events, quizzes, features films and competitions can all run in person, in line with social distancing guidelines in place at the time.

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