Yorkshire Silent Film Festival

About YSFF

Yorkshire Silent Film Festival

Yorkshire Silent Film Festival takes place each May in cinemas, theatres, arts centres, music and community venues around Yorkshire. The festival's aim is to celebrate and foster the art of silent film with live musical accompaniment and to increase the opportunities for audiences in Yorkshire and the north to explore and enjoy the art form. The second edition of the festival in 2017 reached more than 2500 people, and around a quarter of that audience were experiencing silent film with live music for the first time. 


The festival works in collaboration with a wide range of exhibition partners from major cinemas and theatres to village halls and community film groups. Overall, each festival aims to achieve a representative selection of places and venues from around Yorkshire, rural and urban, and to work with each venue to present performances suited to each audience. 



Jonathan Best


Elizabeth-Jane Baldry (harp)

Trevor Bartlett (percussion)

Meg Morley (piano)


Projected Picture Trust

Advisory Board

Neil Brand

Judith Buchanan

Vanessa Toulmin


YSFF has no permanent, paid staff or regular core funding. The organisation raises project funding for each festival and develops partnerships and collaborations which enable each festival to take place. YSFF17 is grateful for funding from Arts Council England and Film Hub North, and support from University of Sheffield and University of Huddersfield.

Yorkshire Silent Film Festival is produced by Yorkshire Silent Film Ltd

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