Prof Jo Crotty, Edge Hill University’s ISR Director (left) with Chester Film Society’s treasurer Anne Ord-Sykes (centre) and chair Rachel Cross (right).

Edge Hill University has teamed up with leaders in Chester’s cultural sector to support the city’s international film festival.

The University’s Institute for Social Responsibility (ISR), in association with the Storyhouse cultural centre and in support of Chester Film Society, is presenting the 34th Chester International Film Festival which showcases a diverse programme of films.

The ISR is proud to be supporting the film festival, which also incorporates the Chester Animation Festival, for the second year in a row.

Taking place from Friday 6 March to Sunday 15 March at Storyhouse, the diverse programme of thought-provoking films tackle a wide range of issues which resonate strongly with the ethos and goals of the ISR.

Professor Jo Crotty, ISR Director, said: “I am really excited to be involved in this challenging and thought-provoking programme which features the best in contemporary world cinema.

“Edge Hill first became involved with Chester International Film Festival last year by providing speakers to introduce some of the films and we’re delighted to be taking part again, this time as the main sponsor.”

The Institute is Edge Hill’s cross-disciplinary research and knowledge-exchange initiative which aims to examine social responsibility across the arts, social sciences and humanities, and explore cross-sector collaboration, draw on the experience of practitioners and carry out academic research to inform new ways of working and learning.

Democracy and injustice are explored in Rojo, women’s and LGBTQ+ rights in Permission and And Then We Danced, political freedom in Balloon, the impact of corruption and warfare in Monos and The Whistlers, and the challenges of family life in The Farewell.

This contemporary collection represents the best in world cinema.

Chester Animation Festival is an international competition which gives amateur and professional animators a platform to showcase their work, attracting hundreds of entries from around the world; the audience chooses the winner!

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Edge Hill University offers a variety of courses in Film and Animation including BA (Hons) Film Studies with Film Production and BA (Hons) Animation.