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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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Desert Hearts

Mon. 24 February 2020


A soulful, electrifying romance against a breath-taking desert landscape, with an evocative jukebox soundtrack. Strait-laced professor Vivian arrives in Nevada to file for divorce, where she catches the eye of free-spirited young Cay.

Chloë Brown

An artist-filmmaker investigating the histories of post-industrial cities and amplifying voices that have traditionally been silenced.


Fri. 10 January 2020 — Thu. 20 February 2020

The story of two young British soldiers with a seemingly impossible mission – to cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack. An ambitious, innovative and utterly absorbing film, that plays out as one continuous shot.

Handmade Cinema

A community cinema that transforms spaces into magical cinematic wonderlands.