"A Film I Love..."

As part of CFF at Home, “A Film I Love…” returns with a season of exciting online film events where special guests introduce a film they love and explain why it means so much to them. 

As "A Film I Love..." moves online, some of the UK's top film journalists and critics will present their selected films to a UK wide audience.

Hear what they have to say prior to the screening of the film and get ready to discover mind-expanding cinema or re-watch a classic with a new perspective, and on a Pay What You Can Afford basis!

Having launched with Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode, the next three "A Film I Love..." guest are now confirmed and we're thrilled to welcome.


Anna smith

three images for booksmart

22-24 January

Film critic and host of the Girls on Film podcast Anna Smith speaks with Cambridge Film Festival trustee Jenny Nelson about a film she loves.

Anna has chosen Booksmart, and in a fascinating interview explains why it is so much more than a teen coming-of-age comedy. As well as being hilarious, it is clever and authentic, with real heart.



Please note that due to rights issues the film is not included, as a result we have made the conversation with Anna Smith free of charge both through the link above and via the Cambridge Film Festival Facebook and Youtube pages.


You can hear more from Anna via her podcast Girls on Film and the BBC Film Review and please do follow her on social media - Twitter, Instagram, & LinkedIn

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3 pictures from time

5-7 February

Observer film critic and culture writer Simran Hans talks to Cambridge Film Festival trustee Jenny Nelson about a film she loves.

She has chosen the poetic and mesmerizing documentary Time by Garrett Bradley. Winner of the top documentary prize at Sundance last year, Time is a deeply personal portrait of a woman’s resilience and an intimate portrait of mass incarceration in America. Simran describes how Bradley’s masterful integration of video diary material gives the film such an unforgettable emotional power, and how the film’s rich textures give such depth and poetry to the storytelling.


You can see a selection of Simran's criticism, features and interviews via her website simranhans.com and do follow her on Twitter.


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19-21 February

Film critic and contributing editor at Empire Magazine, Amon Warmann, talks to Cambridge Film Festival trustee Jenny Nelson about a film he loves.

His chosen film is Whiplash, the Oscar-winning debut feature from Damien Chazelle. 


Amon Warmann is a Contributing Editor and monthly columnist at Empire Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @awarmann.


How to book 

  • Every fortnight, new special introductions and films will be available to book via this page. To pre-book or book your tickets, please click on the links above.
  • Booking links on this site will take you through to our special viewing platform (run by Eventive) where you can pay for and view films. You will need to create an account on Eventive when you book the films.
  • As a charity with the aim of bringing great films to as many people as possible we are offering these screenings on a Pay What You Can Afford basis. We hope that by removing the barrier of cost more people will be able to see these great films and hear why our special guests love them so much.
  • All tickets will be available on a sliding scale and you can choose what you pay based on your circumstances - you won’t be asked for any proof / ID. (Full information below).


How to watch a film / introduction

  • It’s very simple! You will be able to watch the introduction and film by accessing our viewing platform here. Your booking email will also include a “watch now” button which will take you directly to it.  
  • Films will be available to watch on our viewing platform for two days, from 6pm on Friday to midnight on Sunday.
  • You will be able start watching your booked films at any time during their availability window. Once you start, you will have 48 hours to complete your viewing.
  • Each film screening will be preceded by a special introduction. The introduction will automatically play before the film.
  • Films are available to watch anywhere in the UK, so please do tell your friends and family about it! 
  • If you still have questions about “A Film I Love…” online, have a look at our FAQs below.


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Previous Events

Season 2


Event Banner Image MArk Kermode

three images from the whalebone box

Mark Kermode selected a film that he confesses he does not understand at all, Andrew Kötting’s compelling The Whalebone Box. The film tells the story of three men who undertake a journey to return a box made of whalebone to the place where the whale was beached.

The UK's best-loved film critic and broadcaster presents his weekly journey around movie music on Scala Radio


three images from amadeus

Simon Mayo it turns out, really loves the three-hour epic Amadeus, which coincidentally had its UK premiere at Cambridge Film Festival back in 1984. This masterpiece of filmmaking, which tells the story of the consuming rivalry between Mozart and Salieri, is engaging, beautifully performed and staged, and packed with emotional power.

Join Simon Mayo for his mid-morning classical music & entertainment show on Scala Radio

Season 1 (2019)

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Monday September 30th Radio Times Film Editor Andrew Collins chose Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 classic THE CONVERSATION.

Monday July 29th Presenter Angellica Bell chose James Cameron's 1984 cult masterpiece THE TERMINATOR.

Monday May 27th Classic FM's Tim Lihoreau chose the classic British comedy WITHNAIL AND I.

Monday April 29th Mathematician Bobby Seagull chose the Cambridge based period drama THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY.

Monday March 25th Poet Holly McNish chose Gurinda Chadha's powerful British road movie  BHAJI ON THE BEACH.