Cambridge Film Festival

Positioning the festival where it belongs, as one of the best in the UK.


The client

The Cambridge Film Festival is a major cultural event in the East Anglia region, committed to delivering the very best in independent international cinema.

Organised by registered charity Cambridge Film Trust, the festival has run for over 3 decades and is as a true celebration of film – past, present and future.

Cambridge Film Festival Screenshot

“It’s been great working with the Studio 24 team once again. The lead up to the festival is an extremely busy time for us so the support from Eloise, Sean, Matt and the rest of the team to get the new site live was greatly appreciated – we even camped out in their offices for a couple of days!”

Owen Baker, Cambridge Film Trust

The project

We have been a major sponsor of this event since 2006 and as part of this continued support we were tasked with the creation of a brand new website which would launch the 35th Cambridge Film Festival.

As a key part of the festival’s marketing strategy the site would be used to raise awareness, increase audiences and attract the world's best filmmakers.

In addition to fulfilling these goals, we wanted to really reflect the quality of the Cambridge Film Festival - positioning it, where it belongs, as one of the best in the UK.

The solution

Focusing on the user experience (UX), we built a fully responsive website which can be viewed across all devices. With filmgoers on the move, it’s essential that they can search, share and book online via their mobiles and tablets.

With 150+ films over just 11 days, we needed to introduce a robust search function. Accessible from both the homepage and ‘what’s on’ navigation, users are able to quickly narrow the film options via title, genre, certification, venue and date.

This year the cinemas hosting the festival introduced a new booking system, Vista. Using our knowledge of ticketing systems we were able to integrate this seamlessly to the new site.

We also introduced a ‘showing next’ feature to the homepage which quickly allows users to see a live feed of exactly which three films are next to be screened. With many customers wanting to make the most out of the festival by watching back-to-back films, this offers an instant solution.

Staying ahead of the game, we built this new site in Drupal 8 – the latest release of this leading open source web content management system (CMS). With easily customisable data structures, listings, and pages, to name just a few of the benefits of this upgrade, this was the perfect choice for the Cambridge Film Festival website.

The new site also meets the client’s needs out of festival, with areas for key information such as how film makers can get involved, latest news updates, and details about the Trust.

Take a look at the Cambridge Film Festival website

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