Escape to the Overnight Film Festival, a new communal cinema experience where your ticket includes accommodation at the legendary Queens Hotel in Eastbourne over the weekend of 1st - 3rd February 2019. Special guest curators will lead a programme of unique screenings, immersive discussions and sensational parties in a dreamy location by the sea.
We are pleased to announce our two guest curators for the 2019 festival will be Nasreen Shaikh Jamal Al-Lail and Jen Calleja.
Nasreen is an artist with a background in photography and the founder of Variant Space. Jen is a writer, literary translator, musician and activist.
More details about our guest curators and festival programme can be found on our website.
When is the festival?
Friday 1, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3rd February 2019
Where is the festival?
Queens Hotel, Marine Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 3DY
How do I get there?
Trains to Eastbourne run from London Victoria and across the South East including Brighton, Gatwick Airport and Ashford International. The town is very well connected! For more information: www.nationalrail.co.uk (Important notice: National Rail only publicise planned engineering work 3 months in advance so worth waiting to see if anything is happening to the line before buying tickets.)
Buses via National Express run from London Victoria to Eastbourne (though it takes a long time and costs about the same as the train). Stagecoach run local services across the South East.
Car Just pop the address in your sat nav to arrive at Queens Hotel. There’s plenty of onsite parking.
Airplane Seriously? Cool! Gatwick Airport is on the direct train line to Eastbourne. Shoreham Airport (which features in Poirot episodes) requires two trains to get to Eastbourne.
So, tell me more about the tickets?
We have three kinds of tickets…
Your accommodation for Friday and Saturday is included, plus breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. You have the option of paying for an additional night’s stay on Sunday, too, if you’re pulling a sickie on Monday! You can also book a sea-view room if you want to guarantee your room looks out onto the water. All the screenings and parties are included in the ticket price.
Non-sleepover Weekend Tickets
Includes all the screenings and parties, but no accommodation or breakfast.
Non-sleepover Day Passes
Come just for Friday, Saturday or Sunday’s events.
Can I just buy a ticket for myself?
Yes, but single rooms are limited (and cost slightly more), so be quick dear solo star. We strongly encourage attendees to book a twin room and bring their BFF or FFB (foxy film buddy). We obviously have doubles for coupled Overnighters!
What do I need to bring with me?
Towels and bedding are provided. Rooms are cleaned every day. Just bring what you’d bring to a hotel that doesn’t have a fabulous film festival.
Can I bring my own food and drink?
Food and non-alcoholic drinks are allowed. However there are no cooking facilities in bedrooms except for a kettle. Remember if you’re sleeping over you have breakfast included and we have partnerships with local eateries for all festival attendees. Bringing your own alcohol is not permitted. There is a reasonably priced bar in the hotel that will be open all day!
How are the screenings going to work?
The hotel’s splendid ballroom will be converted once again into a bespoke cinema equipped with 35mm, 16mm and digital projection capabilities. There will be seven film screenings spread over the weekend: three on Saturday and three on Sunday, as well as our opening night film and party to kick things off on Friday night.
Overnight Film Festival 2019 will feature two guest curators who will present two programmes each over the weekend. Our opening and closing programmes will be presented by the Overnight Film Festival team.
On Saturday and Sunday we’ll have breaks at meal times for you to head out of the hotel and explore the many varied delights of Eastbourne. We’re partnering with local businesses to get discounts on food. There are plenty of outstanding fish and chip shops nearby. The schedule will be announced closer to the festival dates.
There will be parties every night, as well as opportunities galore to talk film and much more over breakfast and via salons all around the magnificent Queens Hotel.
More details about our guest curators and Festival programme to be announced soon!
I’ve bought a non-sleepover or day pass: where do I collect my tickets?
Come to the information desk next to the hotel reception. We’ll have it waiting for you there!
When can I check in and check out?
Check-in from 4.30pm on Friday 1st February.
Check-out by 11am on Sunday or Monday. Luggage can be left at reception.
Can under-18s attend?
No, unfortunately, the festival is 18+ due to licensing restrictions.
How accessible are the hotel and screenings?
The hotel is accessible for guests with reduced mobility. There is one stair lift (up a flight of nine steps) from the ground floor entrance and snug, up to the restaurant level where screenings are held. From this level there is a lift to all the higher floors that host accommodation. All the floors of Queens Hotel are flat and carpeted. We have a small amount of rooms with walk-in showers: these must be requested before 1st January 2019.
Please note that some of our film selections will be foreign language and therefore already subtitled.Unfortunately, due to the temporary nature of the cinema space we’re unable to offer captions for the deaf or hard of hearing, nor audio description tracks.
Can I take photos and/or videos?
Yes, please do! But obviously turn off your phone during screenings.
Also by entering the event site you agree to being filmed or photographed which may be used for marketing or promotional purposes.
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