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The Inward Eye Film Festival is held within the stunningly beautiful surroundings of the Lake District. Taking place on the 10th, 11th and 12th November 2022, this will be the festival's second edition after a very successful first year in 2019.

The festival itself takes its name from the Lake District's most famous artist, William Wordsworth. The poet's most well known poem, Daffodils (considered to be the most famous poem in the world) is where he talks about the inward eye, alluding to individual imagination and artistic spirit.

It is in this spirit that Inward Eye was founded in the hope of sustaining arts within the North West and promoting independent filmmaking.

Held within Ambleside's Zeffirellis Cinema, the festival also contains a flashback element, in keeping with the cinematic history that Zeffirellis holds so dear. Actor Brian Cox (Succession) is the festival's patron, having suggested the event on a visit to the cinema in 2017.

There is also a Writer's Workshop for script development with industry experts that is held at Wordsworth's last and longest family home at Rydal Mount.

In 2019 Peter Webber (Director: Girl With The Pearl Earring), Vicki Jung (Script Editor), and Henry Fitzherbert (Screenwriter: Slaughterhouse Rulez and Born a King) were the mentors.

The festival is intimate and has a free flowing ethic. Drinks, singing, jazz, and networking events are held in the evening at Zeff's bar in the cinema.

We are lucky enough to have cast and crew members from some of this years films joining us, along with numerous celebrities for Q and A’s. (We were delighted to have the very eloquent Tom Conti with us for 2019).

IEFF invites one and all to submit their films! The film community in Ambleside is strong and welcoming, and would love to invite you to showcase your films at such a unique event held within such stunning surroundings.