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British cinema enjoyed a fantastic year in 2011, with films representing everything from the estates of London to the moors of Yorkshire. This year also brings promising stuff, with directorial debut

British cinema enjoyed a fantastic year in 2011, with films representing everything from the estates of London to the moors of Yorkshire. This year also brings promising stuff, with directorial debuts, awards season and that Olympic gig on the horizon. You don’t have to be in the capital to enjoy a celebration of the movies, and we’ve found the best of things to come that could be happening right on your doorstep.

The Glasgow Film Theatre is reminding its southern neighbours that while we have enjoyed an inoffensively mild season thus far, winter can still be very cold and there is a series of films that can prove this. The cinema’s Frozen Landscapes season bids homage to the beauty of winter, playing Kurosawa’s award winning Dersu Uzala, Werner Herzog’s Encounters at the End of the World and Chaplin’s The Gold Rush in a rare showcase from the 15th of January to mid February. The website has all the information you need if you’re in the area.

The venue will also be partly housing the annual Glasgow Film Festival in February as one of the earlier contenders of the national events circuit. Known for its peculiar choice of venue (see the caravan of 2010)the festival really sticks it to boundaries, with this year’s programme giving visitors new commercial hits (The Muppets) western indies (Terri, Napoleon Dynamite) renowned animation (Princess Mononoke, Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below)as well as short animations, young people’s showcases, documentaries and the best in foreign cinema. To enjoy this enviable programme visit here to browse and book.

This month tickets go on sale for the 18th Bradford International Film Festival. With a bountiful collection of established film makers and industry members in attendance over previous years, this spring time fest will be bringing a no doubt lovely spread of shorts, features, foreign exports, domestic triumphs and of course the opportunity for amateur filmers to show off their work. The specifics will be posted on here from the 16th of January.

Greatly contributing to the reason why it’s a grand time to be a young film maker in Britain, the Leeds Young People’s Film Festival will be opening a whole week up to promote the future Finchers and Scotts of the domestic market. The festival accepts international entries as well, and work can now be submitted for the showcase, which will run from the 26th of March to the 6th of April. Information on submitting work can be found here.

If your hormone levels have died down and you still fancy yourself a bit of a big deal behind the lens, the Sheffield Documentary Festival is already working to outdo its hugely successful 2011 programme by taking entries for its June edition. Last year saw over 150 entries shown as well as an array of guest speakers and workshops. Submissions are currently being accepted here.

If you’ve grown tired of 3D, CGI, 4K and any other sort of excessive technology, the Exeter Animation festival will be colouring it’s screens with a little traditional 2D and a whole lot else throughout mid February. There’s a BAFTA winning animation masterclass from the creator of Peppa Pig, a comic expo for the Marvel generation, advice on the industry and how to begin a career in the field, and a special event with the kind folk of Aardman in the name of their new film The Pirates! The tickets can be purchased from the festival site here.

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