AMBLESIDE’S Zeffirellis cinema and restaurant welcomed more than 2000 visitors for their three days Inward Eye Film Festival.

The event saw the screening of 30 films and movies between November 10 and 12.

Held at the popular cinema, the festival included a Q&A with directors and cast members.

Some of the titles included No Holds Barred - The Life and Art of Matthew Lanyon, Full Time and the Oscar winning Last of the Mohicans.

The event has been organised by Dorothy Smith, managing director of Zeffirellis and Charlotte Wontner of Hopscotch Studios.

The festival’s headline talk was held after the ‘Mrs Harris Goes to Paris’ screening with director Tony Fabian and multi-award-winning writer Olivia Hetreed.

Olivia was a mentor in 2019 when the festival screened ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ as an anniversary film.

The festival also featured director and producer John Irwin, and Tom Conti.

Dorothy said: “The event was fabulous, it was brilliant. It was a lot of good publicity for Ambleside and the area.

“We had Geraldine James come and visit on the first day, and we also had a Q&A with the directors.

“We had lots of directors, producers and cast here as well. It was a good three days.

“Over the three days we had around 2000 people come to join us. The last day was probably the busiest one.

“This is only our second festival, they started back in 2019 then everything came to a standstill. It was better than ever this year.

“Next year will be even better still.

“30 films in three days.

“I’d like to thank Charlotte Wontner who put in so much to this festival.”

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