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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

The Spirit of Independence Film Festival is an independent, non-profit film festival celebrating and screening micro-budget films from around the world.

Taking place from 11am to 11pm over a single day on Saturday September 14th, showcasing feature films made for under £100k, and short films made for under £1000.

See more information and the programme of films.

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Philip Thomas plays Feldman

Wed. 2 October 2019

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

Hypnotic and endlessly fascinating piano music, complementing documentary films on two of the US’s greatest visual artists: Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning.

Ad Astra

Wed. 18 September 2019 — Thu. 26 September 2019


Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey uncovers secrets that challenge the nature of human existence.

The Shock of the Future

Fri. 13 September 2019 — Thu. 19 September 2019

Paris, 1978. In a predominantly male music industry, Ana uses new electronic machines to make herself heard, creating a sound that will mark the decades to come. A brilliant love letter to the unacknowledged women pioneers of French electronic music.

The Farewell

Fri. 20 September 2019 — Thu. 26 September 2019


In this uplifting comedy-drama, Chinese-born, US-raised Billi reluctantly returns to her hometown in China. Her grandmother has been given weeks to live, though the family has decided not to tell her – gathering under the joyful guise of a wedding.