This year's Stroud Film Festival 2019 closed with a memorable weekend which included a classic screening in the church and the screening of the 60 second challenge films.

A Hollywood director also gave a fascinating insight into the industry, as fans of Marvel Studios films had the chance to meet feature film director Marc Jobst, who ran a workshop ‘What do directors actually do?’

Marc Jobst, whose recent work includes Daredevil, Luke Cage and Tin Star, said: “What a gem Stroud film festival is, with an incredible range of quality events that makes you want to take time off just to attend them all”

The festival included so much more than just film screenings as St Laurence Church became a cinema for an evening when Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo set the theme for a night of suspense.

As part of the event audience members dressed up in late 50s style and enjoyed music and cocktails from the era before they were immersed in the classic movie.

Organisers say that the sell out event was just one of the many sold out events that made up the most successful festival yet, in terms of both popularity and range of film events on the programme.

A highlight for many was the opportunity for film makers of all ages and experience to take part in a challenge where they made a 60 second film in just 40 hours.

This is Stroud was a celebration of Stroud on film, devised by Stroud Community TV, and during event at Lansdown Hall hosted by BBC Gloucestershire’s Faye Hatcher , the audience were treated to a huge variety of films made by people in Stroud, about Stroud, or focussing on big questions with a Stroud angle.

The last day of the festival included Maybe She’s Born With It, a programme of films by members of the Stroud Women’s Film Makers Collective. Hosted at Atelier, the programme ranged from dark comedy to films inspired by music.

Finally the award winning feature, Faces, Places was presented by Lansdown Film Club to an enthusiastic crowd.

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The festival, which is volunteer-led, would like to thank everyone who gave their time to make it happen and to Stroud Town Council and Film Hub South West who provided essential support.