Barnes’ annual film festival is back with a bang from June 17-23.

The festival will return for its sixth year to showcase talent from up-and-coming storytellers.

Eager fans had a preview of what’s in store at a virtual Q&A on Thursday night (April 22) with guest stars Tom Holland and Edgar Wright.

The actor and director tuned into the live event at south London’s Olympic Studios to share their nostalgic memories of the big screen.

Film 4 Director, Daniel Battsek, hosted the event alongside playwright Charlotte MacLeod.

In the lead up to cinemas reopening on May 17, they talked all things cinema - from favourite films to movie snacks.

Spider-Man lead Tom Holland, who hails from Kingston-upon-Thames, expressed his praise for the independent cinema in Barnes.

“I absolutely love going to the cinema and I can’t wait to get back there, because I miss it. Now I’m on a break from filming, I have so much time at home. I’m going to live here.”

Barnes Film Festival (BFF) gives students the chance to have their work seen or credited by a live audience.

Throughout the years it has attracted a patronage of filmmakers such as George Mackay, Vanessa Redgrave, Director John Boorman, Malcolm McDowell.

Festival Director, Sam Cullis, said: “Barnes Film Festival has received entries from Hollywood royalty such as Will Ferrell and other big names to be announced in the coming weeks”.

The weeklong programme includes workshops, discussions, screenings and gatherings, which are all online to accommodate larger audiences during the pandemic.

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