A FILM festival celebrating inclusivity and international cinema comes to Bournemouth next week. Freedom Film Festival is at Shelley Theatre on Wednesday July 17 and Thursday July 18.

Curator Neil Barstow said: “I used to live in Brighton, which has a very vibrant art house cinema scene. Within Dorset, there is not an abundance of choice when it comes to foreign language film. With the Pride calendar of events around the world this month, this supports the wider scope of celebration.”

Whilst not part of this year’s Bourne Free events within the local area, it is connected. “We are supporting Bourne Free where £1.50 from each booking goes to the initiative. There is no guarantee of these types of events each year for the local area, backing from the wider community has to be embraced and encouraged.”

Four films have been selected for the festival. All with a focus to celebrate diversity in film. The films are: Legacy: The Mark Bingham Story; Stonewall; 120 BPM and The Adventures Of Priscilla - Queen Of The Desert.

Neil adds: “If the festival brings people together and to enjoy the cinema in an intimate and welcoming space, I look forward to keeping this project ongoing. There is so much to share and for people to be a part of.”

To book a two-day pass for Freedom Film Festival on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th July, for £25 click here. If you would like to see individual movies it is £7.50 per film. To book your tickets click here or call the box office on 01202 413600