The Film Festival Guild have announced the return of The British Independent Film Festival which takes place on the 11th and 12th May in five major cities across the UK. As well as screening new under-the-radar films, the festival will also be running cast and crew Q & A events. The festival starts on Friday night with the world premiere of the horror film Airborne, directed by Dominic Burns and starring Mark Hamill and Billy Murray. With a tagline ‘come die with me’, it’s a tense thriller/horror set aboard a plane with two dead pilots and a dwindling number of passengers.

Saturday sees a full day of screenings, including a selection of independent and student short films, followed by a programme of feature films.

Bindu De Stoppani’s Jump is a romantic drama set in Switzerland. Troubled twenty-something Alice returns to her childhood village from the city when her estranged father dies. Meeting relatives she never knew she had and becoming friends with some of the locals gives her the opportunity to re-evaluate her life. In contrast, Ecstasy is a dark romantic comedy directed by Rob Heydon and based on the short story The Undefeated from Irvine Welsh’s controversial book.

Flutter is an upcoming British independent comedy film about gambling, written by Stephen Leslie and directed by Giles Borg. Bashment, directed by Rikki Beadle Blair, will also be screening. After a brutal gay bash attack at a reggae dance hall competition, the performers – although punished – blame the victim as provoking them. The film questions the use of confrontational and homophobic song lyrics.

The festival venues are: Empire Cinemas in London’s Leicester Square, Poole and Newcastle as well as the Apollo Cinemas in Port Talbot and Stafford. See the festival website for further details.