Each film we program is handpicked by us because it offers something alternative to the mainstream. The films and documentaries we choose have been recognised on the international circuit, have won awards or have simply caught our eye.
We also try to add a little extra to the cinema experience – whether it’s a live orchestra playing to an iconic silent film, or a Q and A with the filmmaker, or a meal inspired by the film - there are often opportunities to engage with the work in new ways.
Most of the films we screen are projected on authentic 35mm film. And we’re proud to offer this kind of cinematic experience for just £5.50 (£4.50 ) – far cheaper than anywhere else around.
As well as our main feature film screenings, regular film events at Exeter Phoenix include: Kino Queerling, offering a chance to see queer and cult cinema for free in our Café Bar; Tuesday Collective offering inspiring nights of talks, screenings and events exploring the world of moving image; and Kinder Kino, a free screening of classic children’s films for little ones and their parents.
Each year Exeter Phoenix hosts the city’s biggest film event, Big Screen in the Park for which hundreds of film fans flock to experience the joys of outdoor cinema.
We also present the annual Two Short Nights film festival showcasing some of the best short films from around the world and programming debut screenings of films we’ve commissioned. For over a decade Exeter Phoenix has supported filmmaking talent; commissioning and offering a professional platform for budding filmmakers which has often kick-started a successful career in the industry. Andy Oxley’s film, Men, Loos and Number Twos, first commissioned by Exeter Phoenix was recently screened at London Short Film Festival, was nominated for a Virgin Shorts Award and has just won the Golden Poo Awards! Similarly, Greg Ash who took part in the 48 Hour Film Challenge in 2009 has gone to have a hugely successful filmmaking career in America with his short film Fired recently being nominated for Best Comedy at the LA Comedy Festival.
If you are a budding filmmaker or want to find out more about our film programme, contact our digital department.