Now in its 4th year The Film Festival Guild has announced the extension of the British Independent Film Festival. This year’s selection of films includes a number of highly talented directors and actors and has broadened its scope to include screenings at regional cinemas. The Independent Film Festival will take place in the following locations:

Cameo Picture House, Edinburgh

Electric Palace Cinema, Harwich, Essex

The Gulbenkian, Canterbury, Kent

Helmsley Arts Centre, The Old Meeting House, Yorkshire

The Kinema In The Woods, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire

Malvern Theatres, Malvern, Worcestershire

The Savoy Cinema, Worksop, Nottinghamshire

The Luxe Cinema, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

The Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, Norfolk

The Tricycle Theatre, London

The Empire Cinema, Leicester Sq, London

Feature films to be screened at the festival include:

Dead Cat, directed by Stefan Georgiou and starring Seb Armesto, both featured in Screen International’s Star of Tomorrow 2011. A quirky take on contemporary relationships in London, Dead Cat follows the story of Michael and Kristen who were childhood sweethearts, but haven’t spoken in 10 years. Thrown back together as they begin their thirties, is there still anything between them? With nothing but a gang of dysfunctional friends as allies will they discover if this second chance is love or just nostalgia? Featuring the best of British new music including Dry The River, Sound of Guns and Chad Valley, and cast including Tom Mison (One Day, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) and Johnny Palmeiro (The Kid), Dead Cat brings together the emerging talent of young Britain.

RMS Titanic was the pride of the British Empire. A leading example of state-of-the-art engineering in a time of ground breaking scientific and technological innovation on a global scale. Yet she sank in less than three hours after striking an iceberg on 14th April 1912. We all know about the many deaths in the icy waters, the fates of the rich and famous on the ship’s maiden voyage and the dramas that played out in the Titanic’s last hours. What is less known, however, is how a team of shipbuilders and engineers attempted to save the stricken vessel. Maurice Sweeney’s Saving The Titanic tells that tale.

Geezas, directed by Simon Kassianides & Mark Jackson, tells the story of Dodger, who is sent to Los Angeles by his London gangster father to retrieve his baby sister and the cash she ran away with. Naturally things don’t go as planned, putting Dodger and his new crew in the sights of Latino Gangbangers and West Hollywood’s notorious Gay Mafia.

Norah McGettigan’s Sanctuary follows Jan, a successful Warsaw plastic surgeon with an unsuccessful home life: he and his wife live in the same house but are estranged; his daughter left home early and has no contact with him. One day he returns from a business trip to find his wife dead in the back garden. Unable to cope with his daughter’s grief and resentment and his own heartache and guilt, he uses a conference in Ireland as a pretext to escape. But there’s no escape from memory: a young woman who reminds him of his wife brings forth emotions he hardly knows how to deal with. A journey of one man’s self-discovery, at times dream-like and strange, Sanctuary is a visual portrayal of the wounds of losing someone whom you loved but failed.

There is also a programme of short films screening, including The Voorman Problem – directed by Mark Gill (12 mins) featuring Martin Freeman and Tom Hollander.

A full list of entries are available at www.filmfestivalguild.com