ONE of the largest film festivals in the YUK will be returning to Ludlow.

The Borderlines film festival, which will run from March 1 to 17, will cover a large area of the country with 23 venues across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Malvern and the Marches, including Ludlow Assembly Rooms.

Supported by the British Film Institute (BFI), awarding funds from the National Lottery, the Elmley Foundation and Hereford City Council, a spokesperson said that Borderlines offers audiences the opportunity to watch some of the very best new releases. This includes Oscar and BAFTA nominated titles like All of Us Strangers and The Zone of Interest, American Fiction and Anatomy of a Fall.

Among the 68 films showing at Borderlines are 29 previews, titles screening before their UK cinema release.

New work by acclaimed directors within this category are Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s About Dry Grasses set in Turkey’s rural Anatolia, La Chimera from Italy’s Alice Rohrwacher, starring Josh O’Connor and Isabella Rossellini, Perfect Days, a Japanese language film by German director Wim Wenders, Monster by Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, and Kelly Reichardt’s Showing Up, her fourth collaboration with Michelle Williams.

Meanwhile, local filmmakers Lynda Myer-Bennett and Clive Myer will present their new feature The Mire Archive about a terminally ill archaeologist reconnecting with his family. Filmed in Hereford and Monmouth with the directors’ own family, screenings with an introduction and Q and A will take place at The Courtyard Hereford and Malvern Theatres.

Tickets and passes for the Festival are now sale from 10am on January 26 through and in person or by phone through the Courtyard in Hereford.